The craziness of the season sucked the joy out of my routine and my son had to take me down a notch on my stress-o-meter from an "8" to at least a "3".
It's about this time of the Holiday Season where we get our stress on way too easily. The to-do list is still a mile long. Anything I thought I had pre-organized suddenly feels under-done. And everything that's expected, like Christmas Cards, feels like something I should push to the "skip-it-this-year-list".
So, even though I love this vintage Christmas card and the tradition that started in the 1840's and was supported by the Hall brothers who started Hallmark in 1915, days like today make me want to protest.
How do you keep the joy in your Christmas Season? Today for me, it took my son's reminder to just stop and take it down a notch. So what if I have dirty laundry, a cluttered desk, a stack of unwrapped gifts, a forgotten trip to the post office to mail gifts. So what if my tree isn't trimmed perfectly.
Jesus's stable was stinky. The straw was strewn about. The animals left their deposits. Mary probably hadn't taken a shower and didn't have a good hair day. Joseph probably had saddle bum from riding all day long. And no, they didn't have pampers either.
And this is the life Jesus came to indwell. His glory came down into this mess to fill us and all our moments. He doesn't wait until we are cleaned up, or deemed acceptable. He just comes. Into our mess and chaos.
So let Him in.
Take it down a notch.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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