It’s the season of Advent: the time when we prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to spend most of our time on things that can take our focus off of Jesus and can zap our energy in a way that can leave us feeling simply empty and fatigued.
We spend time scurrying around getting everything ready for this special day. We plan gatherings with our family and friends. We decorate, we bake, we clean, we shop, we attend programs or participate in programs, we travel, we host. It’s a lot of “doing”. I find that we can be so busy with the “doings” that we can miss the heart of what Christmas is really all about. We can prepare everything except the most important thing which is the preparing of our hearts. For this is where He abides. He desires to have all of our heart, not just a small portion, not the smallest room.
So what can we do to make more room in our hearts for Jesus? As I was pondering this question, a word that I don’t really like to think about popped into my mind. That word is surrender. It is in surrender that we make more room for Jesus to abide.
A few weeks ago in my time of solitude with God I took some intentional time to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to my soul about the things I needed to surrender. It didn’t take too long to list at least ten things that I needed to let go of in surrender. They were things I thought I had at least a little control over, or at least a right to hold onto. But, I realized I really didn’t. I wrote down each thing on a separate piece of paper and put each one, prayerfully in a little box I now call my “surrender box”. I knew that in doing this, I was making more room in my heart for Jesus. Hopefully, it helped me have more of Him and less of me.
I do a home fitness program called “21 Day Fit Fitness”. One of the first exercises on one of the fitness days is called “surrenders”. How I dislike that particular exercise! I am relieved when it is over! However, I do know that this is a strength training exercise and it does make my physical body stronger.
We become spiritually stronger when we surrender to God the things that are weighing us down. These things take up a lot of space in our minds. It’s a space that can be filled with peace instead of anxiety. It’s a space that can be filled with joy instead of despair. It’s a place that can be filled with thanksgiving instead of self-pity. It’s a space that can be filled with faith instead of uncertainty. It’s a space that can be filled with love instead of harshness.
Just this morning, God revealed yet another thing that I needed to surrender to Him. I must admit, my heart is lighter. My heart is more joyful. My heart is more peaceful. My heart is more grateful.
How about you? What is God asking you to surrender as you prepare you heart for Christmas?
Beautiful, soulful words for this fourth Sunday of Advent!
Thank you my soul friend! Something I saw that I’d written down in the workbook is this: all our lives until the end we will be needing to let go of something. Blessings!
Kristi, Thank you for sharing! As usual such a blessing! Honestly I have a sore throat and ear! I was claiming them as an excuse. I asked for guidance on what to do but was claiming it for myself. I hope I have just now surrendered it! Also praying for a heart that is a manager! MERRY CHRISTMAS sweet friend!
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Thank you for sharing your heart! Sorry you’re sick. I’ve had some of that crud too. I am better but it’s still hanging on. A stomach virus is going around our our daughter’s house, second child got sick last night. We’ve been around them, so I’m having to just leave it in our Father’s hands, entrusting it all to His care.
Merry Christmas! Prayers that you’ll be better soon!