How are you going to avoid turning into a “Martha” this Christmas – worried and anxious about many things, and missing the most important thing? Martha was not happy and she was making everyone else miserable too. Jesus was so concerned He said her name twice: “Martha, Martha.” I have sensed Him saying the same to me, “Dee, Dee.” It is so easy to lose perspective – especially at Christmas – and ironically, miss being with Him and the peace and joy that He brings. Because our souls won’t tolerate a void, we run to our heart idols instead – and end up eating, spending, and rushing around too much. But when we practice His presence throughout Advent, we will find some Christmas tasks will fall away, and those that remain will be transformed with His love.
I would love to invite you to take the Advent Challenge with me beginning this Sunday, December 2, on my website. (www.deebrestin.com) I will be posting a free interactive study each week to help us be with Him all during Advent. One of the wonderful things about an internet study is you can do it in your pajamas in your home. I will read your comments and interact with you as will some wonderful women of depth. Because it is an internet study, I can show some amazing short videos that will bring you into His presence. For example, this week we’ll be looking at the Magi and how they responded to God that caused them to experience His presence. We’ll look at T. S. Elliot’s poem: The Journey of the Magi. Here is T. S. Elliot himself reading it – watch and wonder and join us Sunday!
Dee Brestin is the author of a Bible study series that includes titles such as A Woman of Love, A Woman of Faith, A Woman of Purpose and The God of All Comfort. Dee is a popular speaker at women’s conferences across the country. She enjoys singing hymns, swimming and spending time with her family. To learn more about Dee, visit her website.