This question keeps swirling around my head. Am I ready for Christmas?
Then I read Ann’s post. And the words fall on my heart like snow. Soft at first then, as I sit here reflecting on my day, the truth they carry weighs heavy. And I am frozen in my chair in front of this computer screen.
“We’re ready for Christmas, not when we have all the gifts, but when we are ready for Christ — when we’re ready to give all of ourselves to Christ.”
I shiver as I look through my window to the cold, gray world outside. Clouds are thick and there is talk of storms to come. But I have already experienced some of my own.
It is hard for me to admit it but, in the last 24 hours, I have had to deal with some anger issues. They have been relatively minor, general annoyances you might expect this time of year (unruly traffic, inconsiderate and rude people, etc.)
Still, I do not want to allow outward circumstances to dictate my mood or cause me to miss the most important aspect of Christmas.
Because the receiving and the giving away of Love is the star that will ultimately guide us to a kinder, gentler Christmas. A kinder, gentler life.
And this is my earnest desire.
So I pray. I ask for the eternal flame of Christ’s love to consume me. And I allow the embrace of my Heavenly Father to warm away the chill.
“Fear keeps a life small.” – Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
Fear. It sends the heart racing while keeping feet planted firmly in cement.
It creeps up when you least expect it in the form of family crises, financial woes, uncertain futures and the like.
It is a strong enemy but one that can be overcome. And reading Ann’s words have me reading The Word with new eyes.
“Perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18
I know this but do I live like I know this?
To live it means to trust God completely.
It means daily drinking from the well of faith,
resisting the poison of worry and
feasting instead on thankfulness for all He has done,
praise for all that He is.
Trusting in the perfect love
of God –
This is the one antidote for the disease of doubt.I must remember.
And so today I pray for a trusting heart.
A heart that trembles not at shadows or circumstance
but at the presence of The One who is able to heal
and to save and to drive away the dark.
May we all walk in light of this truth.
Because it is the only way to really live – the only way to banish fear
How do you think fear is able to keep a life small?
I’m joining an online book club! This is new for me but I’m very excited because the book we will be reading is written by Ann Voskamp. Ann is a writer who has inspired me and many others to celebrate God’s grace, His presence in our everyday lives through thankfulness.
If you want to join in the fun, click on the button above for all the details. You will find this invitation: “A whole community of women welcome you to the online Bloom (in) Courage Book Club, reading, discussing and growing with… One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”
You can also watch the book trailer at the bottom of this post to get an idea of what the book is all about.
Have a great weekend everyone. Be blessed and be thankful!