I can't believe it's almost the end of October. Halloween is next week (and I haven't even had any candy corn yet!) and Thanksgiving and Christmas won't be far behind. I know the holiday season is always busy for everyone, and it can be hard to find the time to keep our focus where it belongs -- on God.
I always find it frustrating every year that during the holiday season -- when we're focusing on being thankful and the birth of Jesus -- that somehow God gets pushed to the side. We have school programs, Christmas parties, relatives visiting and Christmas shopping to do on top of our already busy schedules. At least in our family, it often seems like we simply squeeze God into our lives instead of putting the focus on Him.
I've been praying about how to make Everyday Truth the most useful for you during this busy season, and I hope you'll like what I've come up with. During the month of November, we're going to focus on giving thanks to God. Each day I'm going to post a devotional that you can do with your kids. Each day's devotional will be based on a name of God. As we go through the month, you and your kids will learn a lot about what God's character is. (Don't worry Memory Monday fans. I'll work a memory verse in on Mondays.)
God is such an abstract concept for so many adults and children alike. We tend to give him attributes based on what our own father figures were like. But, so many times, we create a picture of God that isn't accurate. By studying the names of God, we can create a true picture of who God is, and we can use that picture to be thankful for all that He has done and promised to do. I hope you and your kids will make it a point to start or end your day with Everyday Truth.
After Thanksgiving, we're going to tackle Christmas. From the Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, we're going to look at the different pieces of the story of the birth of Jesus. Each day you'll get some practical tips on keeping the focus on Jesus during the busiest time of the year. I promise these ideas won't add stress to your life or take much time, but they will help keep your family focused on Jesus' birth throughout the month of December.
I'm really looking forward to sharing the holidays with all of you, and I hope Everyday Truth will be a part of helping you create a Christ-centered holiday season for your family. I can't wait to get started.