Welcome to our first ever Christmas Devotional here at Becoming! I am so so excited for this 4week series, and I hope you are too! I wanted to create an “easy with the schedule” Christmas Devotional that takes us through the journey of Discovering The Promise of Christ at Christmas- and how it directly relates to us as teen-20something gals.
What to Expect: – One Devotional A Week to read and ponder
– 4 scriptures to chew on throughout the week
– A challenge, questions and tasks to do throughout each week to get the most out of each devo.
– An ongoing conversation with the team here at Becoming through each Post’s Blog Comments (comment your thoughts and questions on the posts- & let’s chat!!)
– Encouraging posts throughout the week in regards to that week’s devo (to see these, follow @lanissareale on insta)
WEEK 1- REFOCUSING: His Promise, My Process
As teen-20something gals we all expect a few of the same things during Christmas time: traveling home from school to be surrounded by tons of family, having to scrounge up every penny you have to “buy your mom a candle, when she deserves an island” as a gift haha, remembering the sweetness of Jesus’s birth, attending hilarious Christmas Parties & at the same time, kinda just going through the motions.
I cannot wait for the Holiday season to come each year, it is my most favorite of seasons. But in the midst of all the excitement around me, I can tend to get lost in watching other people celebrate and embrace the Promise of Christ- and not dive in myself. But I don’t want to miss this. I don’t want to miss what God has for me to learn this Christmas- so let’s refocus our hearts!
Discovering The Promise. There are so many majestic things about the birth of Jesus, but the most beautiful part about the whole scene is that His birth was only one part of an ongoing story God had written out for us. The splendor of God is not merely broken up into events such as Christmas and Easter- everything that He did was apart of a larger plan.
When Jesus was born in that manger on that glorious day, He was humbly yet magnificently showing to the world that their story was not over yet; it had only begun. In His birth, He made a tangible promise that He had come to save us from our sins: because His birth wasn’t any old birth.. it was the fulfillment of many prophecies made about Him, in times past. And His mission to free us from the bondage of our sin and rebirth in us a new creation began when He was born on that Christmas day. What is the promise of Christ at Christmas? That we have not been forgotten by a Holy God, that He sees us in our entirety and still chooses to come down and set us free. Christmas is a celebration of the promise that God not only cares for us, but keeps His promise to stay near to us throughout our lives.
He could have saved us up in Heaven, but He chose to come down and live in the midst of our broken world. He could have redeemed us fully in an instance, but He chose to let us go through our lives with the Holy Spirit living inside of us as a much better option.
You see Christmas is only Christmas when all of the parties, all of the funsies come secondary in our hearts to the true focus of it all. God has something He wants to say to each of us this Christmas, and I believe that it is to remember that His promise (that began when He was born) to be faithful and near to us, is a promise that we can carry with us throughout our own unique process of life.
Have you forgotten to set your focus on Christ this Holiday season? Have you maybe just gone through the motions of all the hype? It’s time to refocus our hearts to the life-changing reality that happened on that day. And to realize that His promise made that day, is one that gives us hope throughout every season that we go through in our lives.
Luke 2:6-10; 2 Peter 3:9; Hebrews 10:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Throughout the week:
Spend time alone with God and simply talk to Him about where your focus has been placed so far this Christmas season, and ask Him to help you refocus your heart and mind on Him. Read through the scriptures above throughout the week and really let in sink in what God has promised you. Challenge: Make it a point through this week, whenever you have a thought about Christmas or your journey in life- stop and remember the promise that God gave us many Christmas’ ago: that He cares for us and is as near to us as our next breath. Start being active in refocusing on Him! <3
Share your thoughts on Refocusing your heart and mind in the Blog Comments below!! We would love to chat with you and help you navigate through any questions you may have about knowing God is near you at all times. LET’S CHAT BELOW! (AND follow us on insta @lanissareale for more Christmas Encouragement throughout the month)