I’m participating in the KEEP CHRIST in CHRISTMAS Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Monica at www.equippingCatholicfamilies.
Happy December! Christmas greetings from our country home up north (not the North Pole, though, but in the tropics!)
It’s the first Sunday of Advent and I am excited! That’s because this season is all about Jesus! And I don’t mind all the lights, trimmings and decorations — they all just remind me that our Savior, our Hope, our King is worth celebrating, is worth all the fuss, is worth all our love and attention!
I’m the type who loves to relish everything about the Advent & Christmas seasons. For me, it is a time of heightened sensitivity to Jesus’ presence, of trying to find Him everywhere, of not wanting to miss out on all His surprises. So, in search of a deeper and more meaningful Christmas this year, I came across a grace-filled video from Ann Voskamp that talked about slowing down so as not to miss Him. Perfect. Check it out here.
Then I began to reflect and pray. Lord, I don’t want to miss You this season. How do I slow down with all that needs to be done? I am a busy wife, mom, servant of the Lord… And so went my enumeration of my responsibilities, what I needed to do in the coming days, this and that and everything else in between. (Most of these have to do with Christmas preparations. Which brought me to remember this.)
As I brought all these before Him, I was at peace actually, not at all frazzled.
Then He spoke to my heart. I don’t call you to be busy; I call you to be holy. The Holy Spirit then reminded me of the story of sisters Martha and Mary from the Bible. Martha was so into the details of hospitality (not a bad thing), but she missed what was most important: being with Jesus. Meanwhile, Mary sat at the feet of Jesus — gazing at Him, listening to Him, giving Him her undivided attention. She was 100% focused on Him.
I can’t conjure up holiness. Only God can make me holy. And that comes through immersion in His presence. I then sensed the Lord telling me to find Jesus in all that comprised my life right now, and offer them as gifts to Him. For Jesus is there. He is Emmanuel, God with Us. But more than all these offerings, He asks me to be WITH HIM. To receive Him as the Greatest Gift. To keep Christ in Christmas.
Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room.
How do you plan on keeping Christ at the center of your Christmas? Share in the comments below!
And please do check out these other entries of this Blog Link-up. Thanks and God bless!
Equipping Catholic Families: Keep Christ in Christmas
Simply Homeschool Living Advent Series 12/1 – 12/25
Fifth of Five Keeping Christ in Christmas – Blog Link-up 2013
Coffee Moments with Sam The Light of Hope
Hand-Maid With Love: CHRISTmas Presence: Keep Christ in Christmas 2013 Edition
Open Window Making hay while the Advent wreath shines
Faith Filled Freebies: Keep Christ in Christmas
Written by the Finger of God: Not Christmas as Usual
On the Way Home: Keep Christ in Christmas
Sue Elvis Writes: Bring Christ to Others
Mommy Bares All Why Celebrate Christmas Even After #YolandaPH
Canadian Catholic Mom Keeping The Little Ones Focused: An Advent Link-Up
Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Keep Christ in Christmas
Em’s Estuary: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Happy Little Homemaker: December Devotion: Immaculate Conception
Adoro Ergo Sum: How We Keep Christ in Christmas
JoyAlive.net: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
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Embedded Faith Boldly Be the Christ in Christmas
City Girl, Country Home Emmanuel Is With Us. Are we WITH HIM?
Journey to Wisdom: Trusting in your Awkward Fiats
Joy of Nine9 Waiting in Joyful Expectation Like a Child
Splendor in the Home Ideas For Keeping Advent and Christmas Holy
Training Happy Hearts 10 Ways to Celebrate the New Liturgical Year
Designs by Birgit: Elf on a Shelf and Santa Claus
Catholic Inspired: Faith-Centered Family Christmas
A Slice of Smith Life: How we keep Christ in Christmas
Catholic All Year: Three Reasons I love Advent
Mary the Defender: Christmas The Battle Begins
Truly Rich Mom: Keep Christ in Christmas
Day By Day in Our World: 40 Days Seeking Him and Keeping Christ in Christmas
Diapers and Drivel: Keeping Christ in Christmas
Raising Soldiers 4 Christ: Keeping Christ in Christmas
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Life Unabridged: Celebrating the Fullness of the Advent and Christmas Season
Homeschooling With Joy Keeping Christ in Christmas
Mrs Domestic Bliss Gingerbread Nativity
The Chic Traveller Keeping Christ in Christmas
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Dominique’s Desk Keeping Christ in Christmas
Our ABC Life: An Advent Update
Journey Living: Anno Domini
The Road to Rome: Advent Prayer and Reflection Resources
Life of Fortunate Chances: Keeping Christ in Christmas
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