Monday, November 29, 2010
Christmas Countdown 2010.......
Is your heart racing? Did you make it to the before crack of dawn sales after Thanksgiving? I pray that you enjoyed yourself, but now that your shopping is finished, lets sit back and relax....enjoy the moment over some coffee or tea and think about how you want to do THIS Christmas differently than last year.
Some years, I've been in such a mad dash to get to extra activities that I don't have the time to really ponder the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ and His birth. This year we are doing an advent devotional called Jotham's Journey. I have never read it, but I hear it's wonderful. I'm really purposing to focus on the reason for the season in our home and activities. It's challenging to keep everything in perspective, especially since a baby may land on our doorstep at any moment....
One of the ways we start our Christmas festivities is a gathering of five generations of "Neely" women to share, laugh and play the "take-away" gift game. The Neely women were a group of 6 girls that were led by a single mother and grandmother. Those women taught six young girls integrity, faith and femininity. They learned to trust their Provider.
My grandmother told me a story about a time, when literally the cupboard was bare. She said they prayed together for God to provide what they needed. Instantly, they heard the "rag-man" calling for rags in the street. They scurried around their modest home joyously gathering rags. Those rags provided enough money to buy beans for their evening meal. A simple, modest and healthy meal. He provided day after day.
That life did not afford Wii's or amazing ski vacations or even a designer wardrobe, but it provided love, hope and joy. I pray that all I do this year would be from that legacy my Grandmother "Memommy" left me!
I've added Christmas music to my playlist. I love it and I pray you enjoy as well.
"For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government there will be no end."