My First Christmas

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #FreedomWalker  #TimetobeYOU

If you’ll be on your own this Christmas, we match. Friends have expressed concern and offered invitations, but the intense holiday pace is stirring a need to draw apart … to rekindle intimacy with my God. Perhaps you’ll be by yourself by necessity not by choice, either way let me share three tips for a solo journey.

  1. Choose a focus beyond past traditions.
    Let’s set aside a birthday party for Jesus and see what fresh direction might appear. A fresh awareness of His purpose in coming into this world (Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1) has been inspiring my devotions and prayer this week. Seek the Lord’s direction for you.
  2. Consider your personal needs as you plan your time.
    Self-care often gets shuffled to the bottom of my days. After a chat with a friend, I decided to take a basket to the grocery store to fill with what catches my eye for Christmas Eve and Day activities. Who knows. I might even make a batch of brownies.
  3. Celebrate Christ’s ongoing care with a grateful heart.
    Mary’s words in Luke 1:46-55 ignites joy that can fill my heart, mind, and spirit. I plan to express my thankfulness creatively. I might dabble in an art project, put together a jigsaw puzzle, or make a list of blessings with colorful markers. Time to let your creative juices flow.

Whatever I choose, I’ll invite Holy Spirit to lead my thoughts toward the blessings to come in 2021. Join me.

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. Luke 1:46-48, NIV  Share on X

No matter what’s ahead this coming week and year, Christmas is an excellent opportunity to pause and surrender to the One who came that we might be whole, secure, and free in Him.

If you’re not going to be alone, please share this post with someone who may be.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my heart to yours.


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    1. You’re welcome, Dawn. It’s marvelous to know God’s work in my heart and life is an encouragement to others. Thank you for sharing with me. <3

  1. Sandra,
    Wise words and suggestions for anyone longing to make this Christmas meaningful in a different way. I will be with my husband (did the children & grands on the 12th) but now plan on getting creative as you suggested, and drawing closer to my Unfailing God. To just be, BE, with Him and learn of Him. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Mary Ellen. It feels a bit revolutionary to focus beyond Happy Birthday, Jesus . And yet, it feels so rich. I’m happy to hear your creativity is being motivated. Merry Christmas. <3

  2. Sandra, Thank you for your comforting words of encouragement that don’t require me to do a lot of work, but to be reflective and at peace with my circumstances and future!
    Thanks, Amy

    1. I’m pleased to hear you recognized the lack of WORK. Trusting Jesus, though it is an activity, isn’t work.
      Happy New Year.

  3. Dear Sandra,
    Thanks for sharing your ‘Alone on Christmas’ perspective.
    I’m having to be God’s hands and feet to attend to my bedbound dad’s needs which began on 12th October 2020. I’ll need this perspective for the new year, God willing.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us in Cayman to you :-))

    1. May our gracious Lord not only lead you, but equip and sustain you in this valuable role of caregiver in His name. Amen
      Thank you for your warm Cayman wishes. I’m sending some not as warm South Carolina blessings your way. <3

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