christmas busyness/joy

I love the Christmas season. Baking cookies, decorating the apartment, making crafts, adopting families to at church to provide their Christmas meal, shopping, helping create “special” memories, and of course cooking for and hosting friends/family.

This week has consisted of three parties, two dinners, grocery shopping, baking, cooking and the most important part…spending time with family and friends. There are presents that need to be purchased and things that wait to be checked off the “to-do list”, but that is the joy of the season.

I read a short devotional the other night that has been reminding me of the joy of this Christmas season rather than the stress of it. I included it for your reading enjoyment.

Are you taking time or making time? Which is it? Maybe both.

Even during this busy time of year, we only get 24 hours a day. That’s 1,440 minutes. Not a minute more.

Being busy is common. It may even be constant. Although rest is essential and we must take care of ourselves, being busy isn’t necessarily bad. Our attitude toward it can be.

For the rest of this month:

  • Be determined to stay in the moment. Enjoy what you are doing rather than thinking or worrying about what you’ll do next.
  • Be careful of “shoulding” yourself. “I should do this. I should do that.” Are you sure?
  • Be grateful for the friends and family that take up your time. Some people in the world have no one to spend time with.
  • Be glad you have someone and something to celebrate that causes you to be busy. Some people in the world don’t.
  • Be sure to worship the King of Kings and not your free time.

 Make time to take time. You won’t regret it.

[Kathy Koch, Celebrate Kids]

We had the RA’s over for a “Christmas morning breakfast” dinner tonight. Again, I was reminded of how blessed we are to be living in this position/ministry. Here are a few pictures from the evening.

Here is Chris and I and the whole crew. We are lucky, aren’t we?



May you be blessed throughout the busyness of the season and take the time to worship the King of Kings.


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