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122. 5 Ways to Stay Present This Holiday Season

We don't want to miss one thing God has for us!

16 min / Published

This season is sometimes termed, "the most wonderful time of the year," but it also can be the most distracting time of the year. In this episode, Julie reminds us what's truly important and offers us 5 ways to stay present this holiday season. If we don't intentionally stay present, we can miss so much, even God's blessings. Join encourager, Julie Lefebure, each Tuesday morning as she offers real encouragement for your real life right now through a fresh, hope-filled perspective, a lighthearted inspiration, and Biblical insight, all in about 15 minutes (guest shows are longer). Each episode will lift your spirits and equip you to be a light in this world. Find extra encouragement at julielefebure.com/resources/.

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Show notes

Merry Christmas! I'll be wishing you this all month long, because Christmas is hands-down my favorite holiday. It is. I love everything about it. Especially the heart of Christmas--Jesus. There's a special joy in the air and the twinkling lights add a beautiful touch to the spirit of Christmas. Just last night, looking out our north windows I could see for miles numerous clusters of Christmas lights from people's homes and farms scattered over the horizon against the dark backdrop of a moonlight sky. The sight made me nearly gasp. Over there years I've noticed a few, but nothing like I beheld last night. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year for this girl. I'm learning to stay present this holiday season!

Now I know, I don't represent every single person's feelings on this holiday, because some of us don't care for it. Some of us believe it's too commercialized, too depressing, too exhausting, or too over-the-top. I can certainly appreciate and understand all of these views. I understand how this season can be difficult and stressful and discouraging. The year my mom passed away nine days before Christmas was difficult to say the least.

So, please know, however you feel about this holiday season, you have space here with me. I'm with you and I am praying for you--I'm praying for each of us! No matter how we feel about it, one very important point is to stay present in it.

Because who wants to miss one moment of what God has for us in this season?

Not me, and I'm guessing not you, either. The thing is, if we don't stay present, that's exactly what happens. We miss what God is doing in our lives, in the lives of those around us, and in the world around us. When we live distracted, we miss what's truly special in this season.

In this episode I share 5 ways to stay present this holiday season.

They aren't complicated or difficult, but they help us live in the moment and not miss what's important.

These five ways not only help us stay present this holiday season, but they'll enable us to enjoy this season a little more! We also discuss the reason why we celebrate Christmas and the importance of it all. Plus I invite you to pray with me.

Friend, I pray your holiday season is filled with everything of Jesus. I pray you are able to stay present this holiday season and to live in and soak up every moment. As I mention in my book, Right Now Matters, God is with us right now, and this is the reason right now does matter. May you feel His presence, His peace, and see His provision this season in your life. Thanks for being here today. Merry Christmas and God bless you!

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