Embracing the Divine in the Hustle: Five Ways to Keep God Close During the Holidays

The holiday season, with its flurry of activities, can often pull us away from the quiet moments with God that we cherish. It’s a challenge to maintain that spiritual closeness amidst shopping lists, gatherings, and various holiday duties. Here are five practical steps I’ve found helpful in staying connected to God during this bustling season:

1. Begin Each Day with Scripture

Starting your day with God’s Word sets a solid foundation. It’s like preparing for a journey – you’re less likely to stumble when you’ve laced up your spiritual boots. If finding time is tough, get creative. Listen to an audio Bible during your morning routine or delve into a brief devotional before checking your phone. Consider special Advent devotionals or Thanksgiving readings for seasonal focus.

2. Dedicate Time to Serve Others

The holidays can sometimes turn our gaze inward, but serving others shifts our focus back to God’s call (1 Peter 4:10, Galatians 5:13). Look for service opportunities in your community or church. This act of giving can be as simple as helping a neighbor with their holiday shopping or reaching out to someone in your church who might need extra love this year.

3. Surround Yourself with Truthful Sounds

Let your environment be filled with reminders of God’s presence. Play worship music or Christ-centered Christmas tunes at home or in the car. If music isn’t your preference, opt for podcasts or audiobooks that reinforce God’s truth. This auditory immersion can turn even mundane tasks into moments of worship.

4. Turn to Prayer in Times of Stress

When overwhelmed, pause and pray. Casting your anxieties on God (1 Peter 5:7) and seeking His peace (Philippians 4:6-7) can transform moments of stress into encounters with His grace. These brief prayer pauses can be more effective than hours of worry.

5. Intentionally Plan Your Holiday Season

Rushing from one event to another can leave you drained. Take time to reflect on what’s truly important this season. Limit commitments to what brings joy and spiritual growth, and don’t hesitate to say no to things that only add stress. Make room in your schedule for quiet reflection, prayer, and gratitude.

In Conclusion: Cherishing the True Essence of the Holidays

The holidays are more than just a busy schedule; they’re an opportunity to deepen our gratitude and prepare our hearts for the celebration of Christ’s birth. By incorporating these steps into your holiday routine, you can ensure that amidst the hustle and bustle, your connection with God remains steadfast and enriching.