3 Christmas Devotional Ideas For the Busy Mom in 2021!
Ohhhh isn’t Christmas time so wonderful? Isn’t the holiday season so crazy and emotional and delightful and challenging and full and lonely and sweet and special? Ha! Yes to all of that.
These 3 Christmas devotional ideas are here to help prepare your HEART for CHRISTMAS. These can be such a huge help (especially for busy moms)!
Busy moms have many things going on outwardly during the holiday season…a long Christmas list of things like
- shopping for Christmas gifts,
- wrapping presents,
- family times,
- and if you are a Christian mom, you are definitely also trying to help your children focus on the greatest gift- the birth of the Savior of the world!
But what about a busy mom’s HEART?
So many things are vying for our heart’s attention and focus. But what mom of us wants to miss the sweetness, the hope and encouragment, and the wonder of Christmas? None, I’m quite certain!
Therefore, in the holiday season, a busy mom NEEDS great Christmas devotionals to prepare her heart for Christmas.
As a mom, it’s so great to have Christmas devotionals that point you to God’s word.
Now a quick devotion on many days is great! Don’t get me wrong- quick doesn’t mean shallow. These 3 christmas devotionals pack a powerful punch!
These books can be used for short devotional moments or an object lesson here and there! But they can also be used for longer Christmas devotions as time permits!
I want to share 3 of my favorite Christmas devotional ideas that I use to prepare my heart for the Christmas season! (These make great gift ideas for fellow mom friends as well!)
*1st Christmas devotional idea- A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Christmas
This book! What a treasure. It’s absolutely full of wit and wisdom and you probably won’t be able to put it down to the end. Plus the end comes almost too soon! It’s a short book that merges poetry, narration, and Scripture with such insight and winsomeness.
Author Steven Estes takes many Proverbs and uses them to impart wisdom about the true meaning of Christmas to us. Here’s a bit of the intro so you can see his fun style.
“About 3000 years ago
the wisest man who ever lived
wrote a HUGE best seller.
A real wick-burner
The funny thing is…
Christmas was still
1000 years off.
His name was Solomon, king of Israel.
Here was one savvy author. A man who had unrolled a few scrolls in his
day- who could handle himself with a quill. His market research nailed
exactly what future readers would need come December…..
(skipping some now)
…His mother probably said,
“What’s a nice Jewish boy
like you doing-
writing about Christmas?”
But Solomon forged ahead, sensing a definite trend on the horizon.
His blockbuster would be about:
Getting through the holidays
For as you know,
if there’s one time of year
when things may not go
The chapters cover things like gifts, contentment, perfectionism, longings, changes, and practical ways to apply!
This works for a new mom and moms of older children as well! It has so many thought provoking Christmas moments of encouragement!
A Better December is fabulous tool to prepare a busy mom’s heart for Christmas!
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*2nd Christmas devotional idea- Joy To The World: Daily readings for advent
This gem of a book consists of 25 daily readings that have been taken from a selection of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons on the incarnation of Jesus.
It is a great advent devotional that you would start December 1st and read all the way to Christmas day.If you aren’t familiar with Spurgeon, he was a phenomenal preacher in the early 1800’s.
The language has been updated for us who read 200 years later!
His words on the birth of our Savior go deep and are truly timeless!
Here is an exerpt from a day when he is talking about the angels proclaiming “Peace on Earth” when Christ was born!
“Go legalist, work for peace with toil and pain, and you shall
never find it. Go, you that trust in the law; go to Sinai.
Look to the flames that Moses saw, and shrink, and tremble,
and despair. For peace is nowhere to be found but in Him
of whom it is said, “This man shall BE peace.”
And what a peace it is beloved! It is peace like a river,
and righteousness like the waves of the sea. It is the peace
of God that suprasses all understanding, which keeps our
hearts and minds through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This sacred peace between the pardoned soul and God the pardoner;
this marvelous at-one-ment between the sinner and his judge,
this was it that the angels sung when they said, “Peace on Earth.”
It’s deep and thought provoking. These exerpts provide a wonderful pause with ample wisdom to reflect upon.
This is such a great tool to prepare your heart for Christmas because you can spend a short amount of time reading this, and have your perspective focused in the right place.
Joy to the World is another selection of encouraging devotions for the holiday season. Such a great way to prepare a busy mom’s heart for Christmas!
*3rd tool to prepare your heart for Christmas- Christmas Blessings: Prayers and poems to celebrate the season
If you like poetry, this book will speak to you!
This is a wonderful collection of prayers and poems that lead the reader to appreciate the JOY available to us in life! These are perfect for December mornings!
It’s such a great collection of writings that capture the true spirit of Christmas. It really keeps one’s perspective on Christ’s birth and all that it means.
Christmas Blessings is a book that you can just flip through and read as much or as little as you want at a time.
It is organized into these sections with many poems and prayers under each section:
- Christmas Joys
- Through Children’s Eyes
- Christmas Angels
- Graces, Prayers, and Toasts
- Christmas Memories
- Christmas Reflections, and Inspirations
One of my favorites is this advent prayer:
Master of both the light and the darkness, send
your Holy Spirit upon our preparations
We who have so much to do to seek quiet spaces to
hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward
to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the
complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet
seeking the light.
To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!”
This is such a fabulous tool to prepare your heart for Christmas. It’s easy to just read a little a day and think on the powerful truths of Christmas that it invokes!
CONCLUDING THOUGHTS ON TOOLS TO PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR CHRISTMAS…
These 3 tools to prepare a busy mom’s heart for Christmas are great resources!
They have helped me focus on the wonder and joy- the true gifts and glory of Christmas! I pray the same for you!