Wednesday, November 26, 2008
With that she sped off, leaving me overcome by two feelings: sadness and exhaustion. The Christmas season hasn't even begun and she's ready to be done with it. It is so easy to miss it, isn't it? To miss the heart of Christmas because we are distracted by all the things that come along with the season, things that God never intended as we celebrate the birth of his son.
Matthew 11:28-30 gives us an invitation. It says, "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." I believe that's what God has in mind for us, especially during this Christmas season. I'll be the first to admit that I have a hard time finding rest and remembering the heart of Christmas. I like to decorate and shop and bake, and have things just so for my home and my family. Those things are good, but they distract me from the main thing.
In the midst of that I hear God calling me back to a place of rest and remembrance. He is inviting us not to a Christmas event but to a Christmas encounter. An encounter with him this season that leaves us different, full of peace and rest. I think of the people we've come to know in the story of Christ's birth: the shepherds, the wise men, the evil King Herod, even Mary and Joseph, and so many more. Not one of those people came away unchanged after meeting Jesus. He made an impression, even as a small baby. He's still making impressions today; but we're usually too busy to notice, too busy to hear his voice calling us-inviting us to a life changing encounter with the Living God.
This season I want to answer that call, I want to trade all the pageantry and events of Christmas for an encounter. A meeting with God. That is the heart of Christmas, I pray that we don't miss it.
edited: just a reminder to go over and check out the inspired room for some awesome holiday ideas. there's great stuff on every aspect of celebrating this time of year.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Since we don't have a curtain rod here I just tied the garland around the top part of blinds, the one that attaches them to the window frame. I would have taken a picture but that would have required more hands and my "helpers" were busy splashing in the kitchen sink.
So I wired the ornaments with floral wire to twist around the garland.
And I couldn't find white berries so I spray painted a fall wreath I found on clearance.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Over at our house, we love to add a bit of Christmas to every corner of the house. Mostly, it's the twinkle of the lights, or I guess the soft glow because the little lights, they aren't twinkling.
Christmas Vacation aside, I've always tried to make the kids trees kind of special. This year I discovered the ease of Hot Wheel tracks and cars.
All you've got to do is wind the track around the tree, using the bendable branches to tuck around and hold the ends of the track in place. To add the cars I used a small piece of floral wire threaded through the windows and twisted around behind it on the track. Easy as pie, and so worth it to hear to the squeals when he got home from school. You could do this with Thomas tracks and trains too.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Also, head on over to the Inspired Room and The Nesting Place for more great ideas.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And we're also back from a bit of a technology break. I gotta say it was nice-more quiet does a girl good and it was a great reminder to keep a balance in our technology habits. I guess that's life isn't it? Finding balance in the midst of it all.
In the meantime I've been busy, I took the quiet time to work on some projects and start thinking about Christmas. Every year I think I should start on getting the house ready earlier and earlier. So bit by bit it's coming out.
Oh, another cool thing I did was host a baby shower for a good friend. It was a fun time and so neat to be able to do this for her and her little boy that's coming soon. I tried my hand at a diaper cake, a fun idea and really pretty easy too.
Check back soon for some fun Christmas ideas (cool garland ideas) and a few scrapbook projects too.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
3. 10. 76 is for march 10, 1876-when the phone was pattened. life has been getting louder ever since.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
My HOPE is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood, Support me in the whelming flood. When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my Hope and Stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found. Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.