This will be my last thankful post for November. I am so thankful that God has let me see once again that NOTHING is about me!!
I really surprised myself this year by having all my decorations up for Christmas. Tradionally I don't get around to it until the first or second weekend of December. But as I looked at my calendar for December I quickly realized that if I didn't get it done today it most likely wouldn't get done.
My husband and son were so excited it was already up and the place looked and sounded like Christmas...now to work on the smell of baking cookies! :-)
Over the last several years I have had a really hard time with Christmas. I've just not had any Christmas spirit and for the sake of the family went through the motions of it all. I think a lot of it has to do with changes. The children are grown, we have no family near and it just hasn't seemed festive.
To me, the holidays is always about lots of family and friends gathering together and sharing love, laughter and memories.
So what has changed? Me! I still don't have my family near, my kids continue to grow and make their own holiday traditons. Friends have moved away and we've lost touch. But I've learned that my husband and I must make our own traditons for the two of us. Not sure yet what we are going to do, but I'll think of something. I've also grown to love God in a deeper and greater way this year that has made me even more open to the heart of God and what it means to my Father.
As I put the ornaments on the tree there were so many memories of friends who made them and gave them. Children being proud of the ornament they made for the tree. There were memories of places visited, special memories of events through the years. Then there were tears of mourning the days that have gone by, tears of joy remembering precious friendships through the years.
As I look forward to this Christmas I plan to make even more memories. I have friends that are like family - well who are my family and I will remember to savor every moment with them. I will choose to see each visit, each smile, and hug as a gift. I will choose to see every special conversation as a gift to remember in the future.
I am going to make a choice this year to hug my sons more often, to love deeper, hug longer, and let my friends know they are gifts to me. I am going to choose to invest in the life of people this season, to see every conversation with someone as an opportunity for me to share God's love and compassion.
I want to bring love, a smile, grace, compassion and hope to those God brings across my path this Christmas season.
I am so thankful God has given me a different vision this holiday season. Instead of feeling sorry for myself and not wanting to celebrate I will pour the love of Jesus into others.
Sharon, This is such a beautiful post. I pray this holiday season is one of the best you've ever experienced.ReplyDelete
I hope and pray that everything goes as planned for you. You have mentioned some that I could start myself...thank you, KaeReplyDelete
That's awesome. What a great Christmas gift the father has given you, a new perspective. I hope you enjoy your holiday season this year.ReplyDelete
Christmas is about one relationship - our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Blessings Sharon...I read this again without commenting but I could see so much of me and you just had expressed it so well!ReplyDelete
It's a new season! You can make new traditions & memories because you have a Prince that is willing & loving & I think on the same page.
There our circumstances are not the same. I can see so much of Jesus touching you & pouring forth with a new meaning, a fresh wineskin...ALL
healthy choices you are declaring & I can see His fingerprints all over your celebration. I believe that you will experience and make this holiday season one of the best as you choose to honor HIM! Jesus so loves you & I'm so thankful you are getting a new vision of the season.
Love & hugs,
What a great post! Thanks for sharing with us the new vision Christ has given you for this Christmas season... I bet it will be the best ever!ReplyDelete
I know this transition will be so hard for me! You go before me, learn all you need to know, and then you can help me through it!!!ReplyDelete