April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for crosswalk.com, iBelieve.com and Women's Ministry Tools. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at: www.MotlMinistries.com
I overheard a woman in the store aisle next to mine moan to another woman, “If I live through this Christmas it is going to be a miracle!” Then she began rattling off the things on her to-do list. I almost shouted over the aisle an “Amen, sister!” to this kindred stranger. But then I felt the Lord tug at my heart and take my thoughts captive to the truth: the Christmas miracle already happened. It’s done. It’s over. It was finished - Jesus even said so!
What’s special about Christmas already happened. All of us, me very much included, holiday-weary, over-spent, over-tired women can rest in the wonder of Jesus’ finished work. It’s so upside down that the season we should be celebrating Christ’s accomplished work for us, we run ourselves ragged working at everything else.
So as you prepare your heart and home for all this Christmas season holds, remember what’s beautiful about this holiday is the presence of Christ, our Emmanuel, who came to dwell with us. What’s special about Christmas is the incredible plan of God spilled out over humanity, declaring “Peace on Earth! Goodwill toward men!” We can’t add one shiny star on top of what Jesus already accomplished. It is finished. So let your heart rest in His work and celebrate His work, instead of worrying over yours.