A few years ago as we were watching a video about the Savior's birth one of the children asked me what this had to do with Christmas. Gasps rippled through the room as my mind reeled over the fact that my child didn't know. How was that possible? Our Christmas decorations centered around the nativity and I thought that we were teaching them about the Savior. Perhaps it was just the presentation of this video that made this particular child see things differently, but whatever the reason I am always looking for simple ways to enrich our Christmas season and focus on what is most meaningful to me.
Thinking about the different gifts we receive from the Savior because of His life and ministry was one such activity. It was simple and allowed us to think about what we value as a rest of the Savior's birth. Some answers came quickly to the children and others spent a little time thinking about what they wanted to add that had not already been said.
We hung our signs on the office door all December so that we could reflect on the qualities we had chosen. I don't know if the children thought about them much past the activity, except when Loaf destroyed Dash's sign in a moment of frustration but that was entirely a different situation.
If you didn't get a chance to see the presentations and music they are available here: A Savior is Born. You might print off your own sign and reflect on what the Savior means to you.
I would like to build my relationship with Him this next year. Maybe that seems like a trite thing to say or goal to have, but I feel a desire to focus on what is most important to me and I'm not quite sure how to explain it, nor the drive to draw closer to the Lord. I have always felt as if my testimony of the Savior was strong. I owe Him all that I am, but would I like many in the world today be willing to die rather than deny Him. Would I really give all that I am, the lives of my children to Him?
I think I would, but there is that little tiny doubt or rather fear that sits in my mind and wonders if I would really be strong enough. I don't want to live with fear. I want to know that my love and devotion to the Lord are stronger than fear of pain or death. I want to be able to withstand ridicule and mocking without feeling ashamed or question. I want to be able to be so strong in the knowledge of who Jesus Christ is that if needed my children can lean on my faith if needed.
I would be nothing without Christ. I know He lives. I know He is the Redeemer and Savior of the world. I know His love for us changes lives for He has changed mine. Through Him I have been able to endure and withstand get pain. Because of Him I have grown into the woman I am today, although I have a long way to go, I am able to accomplish all that is required of me through His teachings and love. How I love Him!
I am excite to see what I learn and perhaps along the way I can kick a bad habit or two.