Tuesday, December 22, 2009

He is the season....

I don't know about you but I am so excited for Christmas - it is totally my favorite time of year for so many reasons. The past few mornings right when the alarm clock goes off I roll over and say to my husband "Only __ sleeps left till Christmas" And he just smiles (he doesn't get as excited as I do) I have been thinking this year a lot about the holidays and how they affect me and the way the world views them (the holidays). I love the holidays for the obvious reasons like the time spent with family, all the good Christmas goodies and food, I love receiving gifts and trying to guess what people bought me but more than that I love buying and giving gifts. For myself I give myself a budget of how much I will spend on each person and then I try not to go over it but its so hard cause I just love buying my loved ones things to show them tangible how much I love them. I am reminded that this season is all because of Him. He is the season!! We often hear especially in Christian settings that "Jesus is the reason for the season" but the truth is Jesus is the season... for without his infant birth their would be no season. We see in his birth the greatest gift of love for He (Christ) entered our earth story so we can find ourselves in His love story. What a Christmas gift is that!

We can not ignore the fact that this Christmas their will be some celebrating maybe without a loved once present or maybe with heavy hearts due to illness or financial burdens, maybe job loose but no one this Christmas should be celebrating without Hope. My prayer this Christmas is that I find Christ in a new and real way in my own life that I don't forget the truth and grace found in His birth and what my life has because of that birth.

Yes I am exhausted - it feels like this fall and especially November and December have been busy months for me but I have joy. Yes I am excited for 2010 and yet there is that sense of mystery as to what God has in store for me in the new year. There is a peace I have that even in the busyness of this week that peace is calming. Lets remember the Season for what it is and may we in turn shine Christ's love and the hope He gives to everyone around us.

Merry Christmas to you and your families and may your holidays be ever blessed!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

So tired....

I am so exhausted and its only Thursday. This week has been so busy for me and today is a super long day which will involved all day in the office and tonight dinner and a client event our firm is hosting so it will be a late night. I found these 5 "excuses" to use when you fall asleep on your desk at work and it gave me a good laugh today.

5. "They told me at the Blood Bank this might happen."
4. "This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time-management course you sent me to!"
3. Whew! Guess I left the top off the White-out. You probably got here just in time!"
2. "Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?"
1. (Raising your head slowly) "...in Jesus' name, Amen."

I think I may even use some of them!! Not really but I feel like I could use a 15 min power nap. I am definitely looking forward to Christmas even more now that life is so busy and I am hardly seeing any of my husband but alot more busyness (is that even a word) before Christmas which I guess will help it come quickly but I dont want it to come too quickly because just like that it will all be over and then I have to wait another 365 for it to come again.

On a personal note God has been teaching me some cool things in my devotions from Psalm 23. What a famous and very popular passage of scripture but oh how I have missed so much good stuff that is found in it. I love how the Lord can teach you and reteach you new things each time we allow Him to and we spend time in His word. I will blog soon I hope (if I get a spare moment) and share a bit what I have learnt 1. for my own personal record I love to look back on what I've learnt and
2. maybe someone reading this will learn something too or be blessed by something I have learnt

For you that care and have been asking my bedroom furniture arrived today for California so this weekend I will get my bedroom finally put together and our basement is being muded as we speak so hopefully the basement will be done by Christmas then I can finally post pictures of my house.

Oh and because I have forgotten I also a couple weeks ago got my first and maybe it will only be my one and only ever, blog award. Thanks Callie it made my day and I know I need to do what you said to accept the award or whatever you do in the blogging world.... its so silly that we or maybe its just me that gets excited about stuff like that. but its the little things in life we must not forget to enjoy.

Hope all my American friends have recouped from your Thanksgiving festivities and you all are having a great week.