Tuesday, December 13, 2011

In preparation....

It's the most wonderful time of the year and going by way too quickly. I've really enjoyed decorating the house this year and having Elijah old enough to teach him what Christmas is all about. Last night my sister and her two boys flew in for the holiday and in less than a week the rest of the family will join us. There will be lots of baking, laughing, shopping, and business over the next couple weeks. 

In the midst of it all I don't want to loose sight of why we're all together. I want this holiday season to reflect Christ and be more than just a story read Christmas morning. I want all the serving I do to be done out of love, love for Christ and love for those around me. But it's easy for me to be distracted. I get distracted by the endless to do lists and by wanting perfection. 

I've spent my devotional time preparing for the unique business that this time brings and I'm reminded of Mary and Martha. I know that in order to serve and reflect Christ I cannot forget to sit at Jesus' feet. I need quiet mornings to set my heart right for the day ahead. I read this quote this morning from Charles Spurgeon, 

"We ought to be Martha and Mary in one: we should do much service, and have much communion at the same time. For this we need great grace. 
It is easier to serve than to commune.”

I find it easy to put off spending time with the Lord 
in order to serve, but when I do it doesn't take long for impatience and frustration to take over. D.L. Moddy says, 

“A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough for the next six months, or take sufficient air into his lungs at one time to sustain life for a week. We must draw upon God’s boundless store of grace from day to day as we need it.

So, with God's boundless grace and intentional quiet time I'm praying that I reflect Christ in all 
I do this Christmas. 


Marjorie said...

you have a beautiful family :) following you!

Melissa said...

wow. you must have been reading my thoughts. i've been thinking both of these same exact things...not to lose the true meaning of Christmas admist the hustle and bustle. and while our family is here to still be consistent in my times with the Lord. i will be praying for you these next few weeks!!

Chas said...

Hi Jessica!

I featured your Christmas tree post on this weeks Shades of the Season Party.


Have a wonderful Day

Mrs. Pancakes said...

that picture above always makes me smile...thanks for sharing this. we all need to be reminded of the reason behind the season!

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

Great reminder!!!

Jami said...

I'm working on not getting lost in my to do list too! Christmas is so much more enjoyable when I am present in the little moments.

Nicole said...

this is so encouraging. i actually used your quote from Moody. hope you don't mind.

merry christmas to your very gorgeous family.


Kelly said...

the house is quiet, i'm reading blogs there's a busy day ahead with Christmas program practice and family and friends. I'm so glad i read this post this morning it whipped me into shape. getting off the computer so the Lord can fill me up while everyone's still asleep.
Merry Christmas Jessica and enjoy your family!

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