Most of our time these days is thinking about which gifts we are going to buy and the people that we are going to give them to. Let me encourage you today to shift your thinking a bit and do a few things before you take on that shopping mall experience. Devote yourselves to prayer. Be watchful; keep your mind alert to all that is happening around you. And be thankful. As you walk into what can be chaos at times, this simple reminder can help you keep the joy in this holiday season. Pray about everything. Focus on others and what you can do to help them. And be thankful for all the goodness that is in your life. You may have had challenges but you have endured them. You have been blessed in so many ways. That is how you prepare for Christmas!