Here we are, with just a week before Christmas. Every year it seems this season comes quicker and quicker. I try to take it slow, to be mindful of those things that truly matter, but I still feel myself getting lost in the busyness of the season.
With our financial situation, I wasn’t sure we would have many presents underneath the tree. But since my husband just replaced the entire roof of our home for the landlord, we didn’t owe much rent this month. Praise God. I was able to get out this weekend with my best friend and do some Christmas shopping. Each of my kids have given me a few things they want and I try to get at least one or two from the list, as well as something that I want to give them, and a stocking full of little surprises. I love giving, and nothing brings me more joy than watching my kids, even my adults and teens, open their gifts on Christmas morning.
My husband asked me what I wanted this year for Christmas. My response was “nothing”. I’ve had a few days to think about my response. It’s not that there isn’t anything I want, but I don’t want anyone focusing their time and attention on me, let alone any money. I’d rather it go to the kids or grandkids. After much soul searching, I can honestly say there isn’t really anything tangible I desire for Christmas. My list seems harder to obtain, but nothing is impossible with God.
This Christmas, I want to be healthy — body, mind and spirit. I’m working toward this in all areas but it’s going rather slowing. I don’t take good care of myself and I know some things need to change if I am truly going to be healthy.
This Christmas, I want peace in my home. There are some moments of unrest with me and the hubs, as well as me with my kids. It’s hard. I’ve become such a controlling person in this season. I’m not sure why. Letting go and allowing life to play out is hard for me. I feel like I have to make sure everything gets done and most of the time I’m the one doing it. I know I drive everyone crazy. I want to rest in the Lord and know He has it all under control.I want to rest in the Lord and know He has it all under control. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
This Christmas, I want to fall in love with living again. Life has become somewhat of a drudgery for me lately. I spend a lot of time on the couch, watching tv or reading books; nothing that is growing me spiritually. God has promised me a full life, but I know it’s something I have to pursue. It’s hard for me to go after it sometimes after having lived through so much disappointment. I keep reminding myself that there are so many with worse situations than my own.
This Christmas, I want to be consumed by His love again. I think I’ve been hiding from God. I haven’t been as diligent as I once was in my pursuit of Him. In many ways I feel lost, but God knows right where I am. Admitting my shortcomings and failures has been hard. I can so easily become consumed with guilt. But I have to remember that God doesn’t judge me, nor does He turn away from me. God loves me and I want that love to consume my heart again.God loves me and I want that love to consume my heart again. #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet
How about you? What is on your Christmas list? How can I pray for you?
751. Christmas gift bags.
752. Ripe avocados.
753. A daughter who loves to bake.
754. His love that chases me down.
755. Fresh flowers for my table.
756. New Christmas music downloads.
757. Dark chocolate peppermint.
758. A successful client appreciation holiday party.
759. New slipper socks.
760. A successful Christmas shopping trip.
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