One of the many Miller Christmas traditions includes reading from a series of books entitled Christmas in My Heart. And every Christmas Eve we read a special story about faith, prayer, & the power of believing. As I lay in bed Christmas night next to my soundly sleeping husband I couldn’t help but recall the days memories & the many joys that Christmas brings. As I began to think about the year ahead my heart kept calling me back to the Christmas in My Heart stories & I knew that God was trying to tell me something very important.
While I have many of the usual goals for 2015, like getting in shape, eating healthier, & various blogging goals, my New Years resolution this year will have a more clear path & direct goal. My New Years resolution is to have Christmas in my heart all year round.
Giving is one of my favorite things to do – especially at Christmas time. People love to call this time of year the season of giving & there are always plenty of opportunities available at Christmas time to give – whether it be presents for your friends, family, & neighbors, a donation to your favorite charity, or even just a few dollars as you leave a large chain store. But giving doesn’t need to be localized to just one time of year, & it shouldn’t be stigmatized with the idea that giving can only be done with a monetary backing. I will admit that I am greatly looking forward to the day that Roger finishes dental school & we can financially give with ease, but I know that there are so many ways to give right now & all year round.
One simple way to give is with your time. Time is so valuable & precious to everyone. Spending your time helping someone or simply being patient enough to listen to someone talk are great ways to give & keep Christmas in your heart.
Although valentines day is often thought of as the holiday of love, Christmas truly is the season of pure selfless love. If we give without love we give in vain, God loved us so much that he gave us His son as a gift of true love. He wasn’t forced to give, & he didn’t do so half heartily, He chose to give. Love is a choice.
This year I will love like I have never loved before. I thought I loved my husband when we first got married, but truth be told that is the least I will ever love him during our marriage. I know that by choosing love this year my love for my husband will grow to unknown bounds. But my love for my husband can only grow as my love for my God continues to flourish. Only through my relationship with Him & my understanding of His love will I learn to love my husband even more than than I do now.
The most important & hardest part of my New Years resolution to keep Christmas in my heart will be in believing – & I don’t mean in Santa Clause. For our traditional Christmas Eve story we always read about a little boy named Roger & how he prayed not with hope but with belief. As Christians we believe that God came to this earth in the form of a baby, we believe that He died on the cross for our sins, & we believe that He will come again one day real soon. But how much do we believe in Him, in His power, His love, & His eagerness to work in us & in our daily – sometimes mundane – lives.
This year I am resolved to let go of a faithful hope & instead cling to a faithful belief. I am not going to put the restriction of doubt on the power of my God, but believe that through all & in all He will guide my life towards an everlasting future.
Therefore my New Years resolution is to keep christmas in my heart through giving of myself, choosing love daily, & by having a believing faith in God.
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