Thursday, December 15, 2011
It's ten days til Christmas... and as I waited in line at the post office, I mentally checked off all the things I'd finished, and tried to line up everything still needing to be done. All my big chores and shopping tasks are done, but I've saved some of the fun (or stressful, given the circumstances sometimes) little things like baking and kid crafts for next week when the hoodlums are off school with me. It occurred to me that I've got ten days to make sure I keep CHRIST in Christmas. (And ten days to put up with "Come on ring those bells," on the radio.) I don't want Him to get lost amid the hurry and scurry. How are you doing with that? If you feel like you're struggling with joy, peace, and keeping HIM front and center... I wanted to pass His words to you right now, since they encouraged me. "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
I come to Him first thing in the morning... and for me, it's often only 15 minutes at best. I used to feel loads of guilt about this because so many godly women devote far more time, (and sometimes I am able to do that too of course...like in the middle of the afternoon when normal people are functioning ) but I'm not a morning person at all, so it's always been a struggle. I think it's funny when I ask God to wake me up if He wants to spend time with me... He always does. And I'm being totally honest here... I mumble into my pillow things like, "Fine... just give me five more minutes..." And guess what? Five minutes later, I'm wide awake. I tell you, God is the best alarm clock on the planet. I can almost picture Him sitting on the edge of my bed watching the clock, so anxious He is to spend time with me. Isn't that a precious thought? My whole day swims into focus before my eyes when I lay my burdens at His feet, each morning. Especially during these busy days. Do what works for you, and don't feel guilty if it's two minutes of prayer while you brush your teeth. Just come to Him and He will give you rest. He promises.
painting for the joy of it. Taking December off from Etsy creating has been spectacular. Not only have I been mentally present for my family (which was my purpose) but I've also had spare time for some of my neglected hobbies. I found this adorable bus on Pinterest and knew at once I had to paint it!
I feel revived. I can't explain it any better than that... but if you have something that energizes and revives you, carve out some time for it in the next two weeks! See what it does for your heart.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27