Thursday, December 02, 2010

It's Simple

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.  His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation."  Luke 1:46-50

It's December!  To say I am thrilled would be an understatement.  It is the most wonderful time of the year—so they say—but it also can be one of the most hectic times of year.  In the past, I have felt that I have almost missed the preciousness of the season by being so consumed with busyness.  Rushing.  Shopping.  Stressing. Baking. Over scheduling.  As it is, I have felt recently as if life is running me over.  I don't like it.  I make my schedule so I can't complain to anyone but myself.  With that said,  I have been praying and seeking The Lord on the adjustments that I need to make.  I feel He has answered by saying "simple".  

  I have been pondering what “simple” means for me and my family this time of year.   (Honestly, if you are in ministry then you know it is never “simple”.) 
Like most, I am on a very tight budget these days so my shopping will be very simple.  Yet, I believe "simple" is to be applied to all areas of my life this season, not just to the gift giving.   
Simple means for me to set lower expectations for the season.  To just enjoy what I have and not strive for bigger, better or perfect.  To be content. 

Decorate simple.
 Bake simple. 
Slow down.  
 Enjoy the things that truly matter.  
Watch holiday movies and not feel guilty about doing it.
Listen to Christmas music with a cup of coffee and a candle burning.
Say "no" to extra Christmas invites and set boundaries.

Enjoy the season. 
 Enjoy my family. 
 Enjoy My friends. 
Enjoy My Lord.

Spend more time worshiping the Lord for His Son that was born in a lowly manger. Let's take time to bless The Mighty One this season.  Spend time with Him.  Worship Him. Thank Him!  He has done great things for us!!!

With that, I will challenge you to go “simple” this year and enjoy this Christmas season with your loved ones like never before.  I'd love to hear how you make this holiday season "simple".

Also, over the next few weeks I hope to share upcoming blog posts about “simple” gift ideas and even “simple” (and cheap or free) ways to spend more time with your family making memories that will last a lifetime.

Merry Christmas!!

1 comment:

Alicia @ Alicia's Homemaking said...

We are having a simple Christmas at our house, and I am really looking forward to it. :D


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