This Christmas; Party from the Inside Out

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Everyday my 5yr old grandson informs me how many days it is to Christmas, he is definitely excited this year. His kindergarten class had a Christmas pajama party to end the semester; even the teacher was in pj’s. Problem was, when it was time to leave school, and tables were being clean off, my grandson wasn’t ready to leave the party. The only way to get him out of there was to make a up a treat bag and take the party with us.

Another Kind of Party

Elizabeth (mother of John), had her own little party when Mary (mother of Jesus) came to visit her in the hill country of Judah. Mary was barely pregnant and probably not showing a visible bump, while Elizabeth was already at six months. Kind of hard to hide a six month pregnant bump, but Mary wasn’t surprised in the least as Gabriel, the angel had already informed her.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice greeting her, the baby she was carrying leaped in her womb. “She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly.” You can read the words of her song in Luke chapter one. Here is a portion of the song as recorded in the Message Bible.

” The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!”

Oh and Mary’s response was, “I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.” Again you can read the rest of the response in Luke 1.

The Party Continues

Mary, Elizabeth and the yet to be born John were not the only ones filled with joy. Luke 2 tells us about a group of shepherds who were watching over their sheep at night when an angel appeared to them and told them about the birth of Jesus. No sooner had the angel told them when he (the angel), was accompanied by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises.

Immediately after the angels went back to heaven the shepherds went to Bethlehem and found Jesus exactly where the angel had said.

When the shepherds returned to the sheep pasture, they were changed men. Seeing one angel is impressive, but a huge angelic host singing praises to God is another level of awesome…

…and the best was yet to come.

It was seeing Jesus, their Messiah that changed them. “The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!”

Party From the Inside Out

I am so thankful for the Son of God leaving the glory of heaven, willingly taking on human form to live among His creation. A life that would lead Him to His physical death on a cross. His death bought spiritual life for all who would accept His sacrifice.

Now, that is cause to celebrate this Christmas season. May we Let Loose, glorifying and praising God. Singing His song and may we sing it exuberantly.

Taking the party with us wherever we go.

Merry Christmas to you and your family from me and mine.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

Pausing for a few weeks, see you all back at Grace Lace and Polkadots in the new year.

 

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What Do You Dream of Doing Someday?

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Every year after Thanksgiving dinner either my son-in-law, or my son, will get the Christmas tree from a high shelf in the garage and place it at the far end of the kitchen, where it awaits my attention.

And there it sits, snuggled neatly in the long oblong box held together with more packing tape than is sold in most stores.

I want to open the box and erect the tree, but dishes wait for me (full dishwasher). So I dutifully fill the sink with hot soapy water and one by one utensils, pots, pans and the plastic plates used by the little people of the family are cleansed of all evidence of the meal.

And the tree sits patiently in the box.

Family have long gone. It’s late. I’m tired. There’s a good movie to watch and I relax in the recliner next to my husband.

“Are you going to put the tree up?”

With weary eyes I glance over to the long oblong box, sighing I reply “Someday.”

Someday I Will?

Someday I’ll write a book. Someday I’ll lose the extra pounds I have gained. Someday I’ll learn to swim. Someday I’ll ………….. ( you fill in the blank).

I like how Kelly Johnson author of Being Brave: A 4o Day Journey to the Life God Dreams for You writes on Day 30 of the devotional. I quote.

“Someday is rich with promise and possibility but does not require immediate attention. Someday allows one more episode of Netflix, another half hour of Facebook, or another season of prayer for discernment and clarity. Someday is comfortable and safe. Someday lets me off the hook.”

Tomorrow is Not Promised

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1

When I was young, someday was a hope for the future, a dream yet to be fulfilled. We expect to live long lives and so put our dreams into the someday box only to be viewed on special occasions. We procrastinate because we think we have all the time in the world. We don’t. We are not promised tomorrow, let alone next year.

What is the Someday thing you have been putting off? Maybe it’s a conversation with a friend. A college course you would like to pursue. A ministry you would love to work at, or perhaps you dream of owning a coffee shop where prayer is offered.

I get it, sometimes our dreams have to wait, we have periods in life when others come before our dreams. Most times we (me) use putting others first as an excuse to procrastinate. Usually procrastination is due to fear of failure or perfectionism.

Either way they are both excuses for our Someday.

I’ll close with a question from Kelly, “What is keeping you from doing the Someday thing now? If it isn’t possible now, what steps could you take to move closer to making that thing a reality sooner?”

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

Kelly Johnson’s book Being Brave can be purchased through Amazon. It would make a perfect Christmas/Birthday present for that hard to buy for person in your life. In Being Brave, Kelly invites us to consider a new way of thinking about being brave and challenges us to seek a greater intimacy with God and the people God has placed in our lives.

Note: I do not receive compensation for books purchased as a result of reading this blog post. The above, other than direct quotes, are my own thoughts and I feely and whole heartedly recommend Being Brave: Kelly Johnson.