All I Want For Christmas // Glimpses Link Up

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?

Glimpses #751-760

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.

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!


15 thoughts on “All I Want For Christmas // Glimpses Link Up”

  1. Lesley says:

    Praying that you and your family have a lovely Christmas, Barbie, and that you know God with you, showing you the way forward and restoring your joy and peace.

  2. Michelle says:

    Thank you for being real! Praying you have a joyful Christmas!

  3. Boma says:

    May the blessings of this season be fully yours, and may you encounter Jesus, the reason for the season in ways like never before!

  4. Rachelle Craig says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Barbie!

  5. Michelle says:

    Barbie, I hope you get everything on your Christmas list. Blessings for a very Merry Christmas!

  6. Michele Morin says:

    Merry Christmas, Barbie! Thanks for all you do here to encourage and build community!

  7. BettieG says:

    May the Lord bless you this Christmas, Barbie! I sure understand the difficulties of pressing forward in the midst of health difficulties, and deep trials. You are in my prayers that you would feel His arms holding and supporting you! Love and Gentle Hugs!

  8. Barbara H. says:

    A wonderful Christmas list. May God grant each one.

  9. Lisa notes says:

    The intangible gifts are more valuable to us, yes? I agree with your list too, Barbie. Peace, health, God….those are the best gifts. May you have a blessed Christmas.

  10. sue says:

    well, why not tell your family that what they can get you are some self-care items like: pedicure? spa day? bubble bath? starbucks cards? They will love showing you love! Blessings on you and yours! And thanks for hosting.

  11. June says:

    Merry Christmas, dear one. I’m praying that you receive everything on your list!

  12. Maree Dee says:

    I love your wants for Christmas. Ditto for me. I would add I want my children to not only walk with the Lord but feel his presence.

  13. Ellen says:

    I love your post! I am right with you in wanting to fall in love with the Lord again and be consumed with Him. I long for my children and grandchildren to do the same. These are the best Christmas presents.

  14. Donna Reidland says:

    Barbie, I love your Christmas wish list. We should all desire those things. Thanks for hosting each week. Have a Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

  15. Susan Shipe says:

    I’m rather late with a reply but I do hope you are getting what you wanted for Christmas.

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