Thursday, December 15, 2011

Taking time...


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) 
 Did anyone else just breathe for the first time in two weeks, along with me?  To be honest, I feel like the only way that rest happens for me is when 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. 
And.... take time for you.  Something I've neglected for far too long, is 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 painted it exactly like the photo... that little creative outlet that was just for my heart, seeped into my bones and 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




23 comments:

  1. Sasha, this is a beautiful post! I have been so stressed this holiday season~mainly bc I have gone back to teaching after being a stay-at-home mom for the last two years. Two very important things I have taken from you today, one is to remember CHRIST is why we celebrate and two, to take time for ourselves.

    I hope you enjoy your time baking cookies! XO

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  2. I love you girl!!!! God is always speaking to me through you!!! Seriously!!!! Thank God you choose to post what you feel!!!!!!

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  3. I love your painting....I couldn't paint like that if my life depended on it....isn't it awesome how God gave us all specific talents/gifts?!

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  4. Sasha, you spoke directly to my heart today. That was just what I needed to hear. I've overscheduled and overwhelmed myself the past weeks and this one in particular. I look at my calendar yesterday and saw I have almost nothing at all that I HAVE to do next week. I'm taking it as my pre-Christmas vacation. I want to make that one special week for my little guy and my man. Thanks for reminding me that I don't have to carry the heavy load and burdens, I can lay them at the feet of my Savior. My hope for you is the same.

    Merry Christmas!

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  5. way cute bus painting!

    and i still keep thinking i have oodles of time to 'do Christmas'...i suppose if the only thing i do is remember HIm that will be good enough<3

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  6. aahhh...yes
    this mornig i just closed my eyes and breathed Him in and with every breath i breathed out i named a worry .. a concern.
    i just soaked in His Light..5 minutes or 50 whatever He gives me i will take
    love your heart
    love your realness
    LOVE the painting for crying out loud:)
    peace to you..HE is PEACE...can you even grasp that??
    xo

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  7. Truth upon truth!
    And a smile lit my face as I relate to your bit about the alarm clock.
    What's the point of all the doing, if we forget who we're doing "it" for?
    Thank you for the cheering! And inspiration too :-)

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  8. Lovely post, and cute photos.
    Have a sweet day!

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  9. You are precious and so is this post. Thank you so much for the reminders straight from the Word of God. I'm definitely feeling the call to spend more quiet time with my Heavenly Father. Now I need to heed the call.

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  10. So true on God is right there with us! Great post! Thanks for reminding me to SLOW down now and not get caught up in the hustle and bustle that I have been feeling draw nearer!

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  11. Thank you for that reminder. I feel like I have a Santa sack full of burdens and silly me I just have to lay them down. Love your painting and photos and your sweet spirit. Christmas Blessings!

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  12. Thank you so much Sasha for those scriptures! I need them now so bad. I've been trying to make Christ the focus in Christmas this year. It's become a time of the year that I dread every year and wish I could go away....especially after losing my mom. This year just became harder with a data loss at work yesterday and now I have to be here more when I was planning on taking time off to spend with my family. I must rely on the Lord to help me get everything done and pray I get some time with my family.

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  13. I would buy that DARLING painting if you were selling it!! LOL That is just adorable!!

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  14. i pinned it too. super cute girlie. you might be renaming your blog lemonadepaintin'mama;)

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  15. i love your little bus painting! i've been doing some creating for the pure fun of creating and i've been loving every minute!

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  16. How beautiful---both the words and the photos. Thanks for sharing this lovely post! Love your painting!

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  17. Thank you for sharing that verse and your words...I needed to hear them today!

    Blessings!
    ~Nadine

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  18. Girl, sometimes your words just make me cry, in a good way! I ready your posts often and don't usually write but I just wanted you to know what a blessing you are. Thanks for your sweet Godly reminders. I pray that you and your family have a Blessed Christmas!

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  19. Wow! Loving the pics! The one with the candles, bells and lights in background - stunning!

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  20. Wow, the pic with the candles and bells and lights in the background - stunning!

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  21. I can't believe you painted that- is there anything you can't do?

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