I have given extra attention to decorating our home.
I have planned different fun holiday activities/dates/outings for each day of December for Harris and myself to enjoy together.
I have planned yummy recipes to make throughout the month.
I have also prepared different scripture plans to help us focus our attention on Jesus.
There is an intangible thickness of joy in the air around Christmas. I can feel it. I really don't know how to describe it, but it is a mixture of anticipation, excitement, peace, and general warmth. All aspects of Christmas make my eyes glow and my heart happy. While there is a major "holiday bustle", I sense that ultimately people slow down (after all of their hectic shopping to-do lists are complete) enough to notice others around them and to extend loving kindness, even if it is just "because of the season". I sense a connectedness that this season of love and sharing brings to everyone. I love it!
With all of the attention and care I have put into this season and all of the effort I have put in to getting excited about scripture and focusing on the Lord, I cannot help but think about my attitude the rest of the year. Am I always this excited to sit around the table and go over scripture and focus on Jesus? No. Am I always preparing interesting devotionals for my family that we can study and bring Glory to the Lord year-round? No. I know that schedules and seasons bring with them the ebbs and flows of life, but I want one thing to remain, and that is my love and excitement for building relationship with my Savior.
Advent is a time of joyful, expectant anticipation. I want to live my life towards others in love and with that same general sense of joyful, expectant anticipation:
Anticipating the best in others.
Anticipating grace when I fail.
Anticipating that the Lord will provide what I need for the day.
Anticipating the next kind thing I can do for others.
"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself,
that where I am, there you may be also."
This verse gives me have so much hope and anticipation. I hope that I can maintain these same feelings throughout the year as I focus on who the Lord is and all that he has promised.