Friday, December 24, 2010

Family Treasures... don't miss them!

Focusing on Christ at Christmas is different for me this year.

This year my home is full of family. Treasured ones I joined when I married my Love who haven't been together for Christmas in 24 years. God aligned every minute of this special celebration and I don't want to miss one minute!

I find myself struggling with MANY opportunities to take offense, get my feelings hurt, overwork myself, be short tempered with the precious men in my life, and hear the enemy's voice in my inadequacies and imperfections.

It is a challenge dodging what seem like bullets (unintentional most of the time I am sure) and keeping my eyes on Christ, the One who came so we could embrace each other in freedom and grace. And, personally, I don't want to be robbed of one minute!

SO - here is what I am doing - with every "opportunity" that arises, I practice my emotional, physical or even mental "cat-like" reflexes :) and grab from my heart and mind a happy memory a Bible verse/promise, or even just choose a grin and press into my Jesus, fully committed to soaking up the Joy He came to deposit!

The treasures He put in my life - those I married into and those I birthed are designed by Him to be gifts in my life and I am going to enjoy every one!!

Joyful and Merry Christmas to each of you!

2 comments:

Laura said...

Merry Christmas, Jennifer! Praying special blessings to you (especially with a full house!) this year.

Rebecca said...

ohhh....I sooooo know these moments.....and I love that you have 'cat-like' reflexes to grab hold of truths and promises in the moment! :D

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