Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming.
For years I have missed the meaning of Christmas because I was not prepared
I did not think of saving in my now
so that I could give in my future
this season would come and I would be caught unprepared
like those who did not have oil in their lamps ( Matthew 25:6-12 )
Last year I was so disgusted by my inability to give
and how my desire to give did not match my preparing to give
I grew cynical and irritated
“ Seriously do they have to play Christmas music everywhere and before Thanksgiving day?”
cold …not ready for HIS COMING
ADVENT – Seeing HIS COMING afar off and following yonder star
That is when I realized I must do something different
no more complain and remain as if LIFE is the culprit
the more month than money was on me
I didn’t prepare well for a season I knew very well was coming
This year I was able to give
I felt directed by God to gather up two specially prepared gifts for someone He would lead me to give too. I found her the other day ….her name Julie. She is checker at a store near our home. When I was filling out Christmas cards her face and kind smile came to mind. Then when I was preparing to seal the envelope I heard God say one of those gifts is for her.
We gave it to her the other day
stood in the check out line with nothing but a gift
the look on her face was enough
she felt special and loved
and that was the best sight to see and a blessing to give
Ann asks and will you join in answering
How do the performance bandits seem to target you, especially at the time of year?
Expectations can ride like highwaymen, ransacking joy, killing relationships. Performance bandits can chose mercilessly at the jugular, stealing the riches of His grace.
When is the last time you rested like a child? Take a few moments of true rest today.
Look around you and name the sacred things among the ordinary.
Have it all together
Be ready for anything
this is the mark of a wife and a mother
but this time of year is my natural resting time
slowing down time…
preparing for the coming year time…
When I get caught in the what ifs and should be’s
I run harder and miss HIS FACE time…
When I curl up in a cuddle with my children is when I feel most at rest
the sacred is all around
a blanket of ice outside
calling us to stay in and come close to Christ instead of running running
listen to the sound coming from the second floor
drums of praise
and songs of joy
bread rising like hands raising in praise
readying for the breaking of fellowship