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How Do We Survive Christmas Stress?

Dec. 3, 2022

The old Andy Williams song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year," but for many of us, it’s the most stressful time of the year. We all experience the stress of Christmas in different ways. Some of us are stressed about getting all our Christmas shopping done. Some of us are anxious about who is coming to the party, family tension, or where we will even spend Christmas. I don’t know the biggest source of stress for you, but if you are anything like me, the stress of Christmas can steal our joy. I want to share three ways you can reduce the stress of Christmas. They are simple, but I know if you prioritize these soul-refreshing actions, you will have less stress and more joy during this season.

  1. Fill Your Mind with Scripture Daily
    Download the Bible App and select a reading plan. A couple of my favorites include “Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado and “Advent: Rediscovering Christmas in the Chaos” by Jen Ludwig

  2. Show Up Consistently to Worship God
    I challenge you to attend Compass in person every week this month. It's such a stressful time of year, and we need to reduce stress by connecting with God. When we gather, remove distractions by setting your phone on Focus mode. Take time to sing about God's goodness, hear about God's grace, participate in generosity, receive communion, and remember the love of Jesus. When we connect with others before and after service, something special happens within us. We are reminded of who God is and filled with the love of Jesus. When you make it a habit to worship consistently, you will reduce stress and live more joyfully.

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  3. Leave Your Phone at Home and Take Walks
    Michelle and I take a walk together often during the week. Even if we have to bundle up in the cold, something is refreshing about being outside in God’s creation. I suggest you leave your phone and other technology at home so you can walk undistracted and focus on the person you are walking with or walk alone and recognize the presence of Jesus. Cast all your cares on him while you walk. God loves to hear from his children. 

I look forward to seeing you at Compass Colleyville every Thursday or Sunday this month! This weekend we start a new series entitled, A Christmas is for Everyone. Let’s not allow stress to steal our joy this month. I say it at the end of every message, and I mean it: I LOVE YOU GUYS! 

Drew Sherman 
Lead Pastor