Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of hosting a Christmas dinner for some precious friends. One of these darling gals lives way up in Virginia, and I haven't seen her since last year. Even though my week was very hectic, I slowed down and made time for these wonderful women of faith. We laughed, ate....and ate some more, and simply sat in the presence of each other for hours talking and planning our next marathons. We never did decide on one that we could all run together. One is planning her daughters' weddings (yes, 2!). Another is busy teaching high school. One is very involved in her church work. And another is working around her son's senior year in high school--prom, graduation, etc.

Everyone is in a busy season it seems these days. How many errands can you run before lunch? How quickly can you get in and out of the grocery store? How many loads of laundry did you wash and dry today (folding them up doesn't count!!)?

How many times did you talk to Jesus today? How many phone calls did you make? How many prayers did you lift up to the Lord before bedtime? How many texts did you respond to?

As Christmas approaches (and I am NOT done with my shopping or baking, thank you!)
I encourage you to stop. Sit. Pray. Listen. Take out that Bible and turn to Luke 1. Slowly read the words, one at the time. This is not the time to speed read! Let the meaning sink in. Ponder the words that God has placed before you. What does He want you to see, to hear, to remember? Enjoy this Christmas time. He has given us the most wonderful Gift ever. The gift of Jesus...who loved us so much that He died for our sins so that we might spend eternity with Him. Now that, my friends, is the best Christmas present ever.

Sending all of you hugs and love from my little corner of SC.
Merry Christmas!

Sweet Blessings,

10 comments:

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Merry Christmas, Susan. I love the picture of you and your girls. What beautiful faces!

I pray that you and your family have a wonderful time of adoring the babe in the manger who became the King of Kings.

Leah

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Last night I sat down in bed, a little tired and overwhelmed, reading my Bible, and said Lord I just need a word from You, and He is so good. There was one waiting just for me. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Jackie

4 Blessings said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas to your family.
God's Blessings,
Amy

Yolanda said...

Susan,

You always encourage me and splash love to my heart. Merry Christmas!

Lovingly,
Yolanda

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Just two more days and we can all breathe again... have mercy! I am making time to pause and to ponder the wonderful gift of Christmas, especially the Gospel accounts therein. Jesus' birth is worthy of a replay, every year!

What a God we serve! Merry Christmas, friend.

peace~elaine

Sonja said...

4 beautiful ladies! What a fun time to share.

Merry Christmas Susan, I'm so glad we have 'met'... looking forward to visiting more in 2011.

Love,

Sonja

Katie said...

Great advice for any time of year! But around Christmas, life seems to become more busy and stressful each year. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

SouthernSass said...

I am glad you got to spend time with such good friends. You are so right - we need to take time out to sit, pray and reflect. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a very happy New Year!

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