Simply Christmas…

A tiny baby. A silent night. A cold, dark cave.

 

Simple.

A new mother wrapping her infant in swaddling clothes and putting him down on clean hay in a feeding trough. She and her husband, barely more than children themselves, gazing in amazement at the miracle that had unfolded into their specific lives by God’s decree. Their baby boy who became a sinless man — the greatest gift EVER!

Profound.

For God Himself came down to live among us. To love us up close. To teach us the way, leading to a beautiful life both here and in eternity.

So hark the herald angels sing, glory to the newborn King. May there be peace in your world as you contemplate Jesus, receive Jesus, follow Jesus.

Amidst the crush of Christmas as many have come to celebrate it — the madness of the mall, excessive spending, church pageants, cocktail parties, caroling, cantatas, cookie swaps, card writing and all the other trappings and traditions that are not in and of themselves bad, but can demand more than they are worth creating pressure-cooker stress — stop for a minute and ask yourself why? 

Why are you doing what you are doing this December?

Then still your frantic heart and reach for the gift that keeps on giving. Read the Christmas storyRead all four gospels like it was the first time. Discover who Jesus really is, how He lived, how we are to live as His followers. Let Him gift you with a revelation of Himself in a new way this Christmas, speaking specifically into your life.

And in opening this precious gift with the eyes and heart of a child, see for the first time what He has longed for you to see all along…

And there’s still time for you and/or your spouse to take the #ChristmasMarriageGratitudeDare. Simple. No expense. Yet a huge return in your spouse’s heart and in your marriage for your invest of time and love. Just. Do. It! 

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6 thoughts on “Simply Christmas…

  1. Great advice here, Sheila: “still your frantic heart and reach for the gift that keeps on giving. Read the Christmas story. Read all four gospels like it was the first time. Discover who Jesus really is, how He lived, how we are to live as His followers. Let Him gift you with a revelation of Himself in a new way this Christmas, speaking specifically into your life.” Amen!
    I’m on day 16 of the marriage dare, because some days I keep remembering new ways in which my man lives out his loving, faithful life and what it means to me to be his wife. Though I’ve yet to get creative with my thoughts! Thank you for always inspiring us to believe for and aim at having stronger marriages. May God bless you mightily with a renewed sense of His glorious presence. xo

    • Thank you, Joy. And the same to you! And all of us. God bless us all everyone!! And lately I have become more open than ever to receive the gift of His presence. A beautiful gift! And I think doing the #ChristmasMarriageGratitudeDare is a way to slow down and savor the gift of our spouse. And I am sure your hubby will be VERY blessed by your collection of gratitudes come Christmas morning! Happy Christmas!! xxoo

      • You’re most welcome, Sheila. My husband will be blessed once I actually get round to writing up the messages! At the moment they’re typed on an app on my tablet that I journal with, but the plan is to write them out, transfer to Christmas label gift tags that will be strung together on red and green candy cane style cord, then place together either in a separate envelope or with his card. Phew! No worries about him seeing this in advance… he doesn’t read blog posts! Merry Christmas to you, dear friend, and a Happy, healthy New Year!! xoxo <3

        • I love your idea for how creatively you will present your gift of gratitude to your hubby. Please feel free to post that, if you like, on my FB page. I am sure your words and efforts will encourage others. You are a dear heart, Joy. Many blessings to you and your loved ones… xxoo

  2. How lovely to visit and wander around … and see that a little grandbaby is coming your way.

    Bliss!

    It just doesn’t get better than that, Sheila!

    Advent blessings to you and Michael and your whole gang.