Countdown to Christmas!

Every year, I feel like the holidays creep up on us. Before we know it, the whirlwind rush is over and it’s already time to pack up the trees and trimmings (as I type this, I realize that in our household we keep up the “winter tree” longer than socially appropriate!).

One of my favorite Christmas carol lines is “A thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices“. It can be so easy to get swept up in the things we think we have to do for Christmas, that our over-obligation offers few silent nights and run the risk of leaving us feeling run over by a one horse open sleigh. When, in reality, the spirit of this holiday is to rejoice because of the hope that is in us!

This year, my desire is to slow down. Enjoy this season of celebration with family, friends, and fellowship. I enjoy making lists probably as much as Saint Nick, so I wanted to share with you a list of favorite scripture that helps me quite my own heart each day this in this frenzied month and reflect on the promises that give us hope.

Please feel welcomed to download the free PDF version here with both the full color version and a printer friendly black and white versions of the Countdown to Christmas calendar and reflection page!

 

Many Blessing and have a Merry Christmas!

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Shopping for Contentment

I never thought I’d be thanking God for removing me from a land full of Targets. Target is my kryptonite… especially this time of year. When I was first living on my own, I’d head into the store with the sole purpose of purchasing something like toilet paper (most likely after a close call that morning with the roll getting dangerously close to the cardboard). I’d barely make it through the threshold before my eyes (and my cart) would wander away from the direction of said toilet paper and down the dollar aisle, then the home wares (who knew that they made salt and pepper shakers in 42 varieties… I must buy them all!!!) and then of course I would need to peruse the clothing area for that plaid shirt or those yoga pants for working out. An hour later, I’d be checking out with a hundred dollars worth of “stuff” I didn’t know I needed until Target told me that I did!

After getting home, I’d head to the restroom… and realize… I forgot the toilet paper.

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Thankfulness can be easy in comparison to contentment. I find it quite easy to list the things I am grateful for, but it’s a constant battle to tell my spirit that I don’t need {just a little} more.

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