It’s Five Minute Friday (well almost). I’m writing this Thursday night. I just finished hanging out on Twitter with some of the most incredible people on the planet for #fmfparty. Tonight we talked about kids, our schools, a #fmfparty retreat, and chocolate. Chocolate is a must. I had to stop and make myself a cup of hot chocolate in the middle of it all.

Many of us take the one word prompt given and we free write for five minutes on that subject. We gather together to share our writing at Kate Motaung’s place. Come join us, either in writing or in reading. I believe you’ll be encouraged! The writing may not be perfect, but the encouragement is close to it!

This week’s word:

–STILL–

Go.

 

Thanksgiving Day is two weeks from today.

Christmas is six. Six weeks.

I love these holidays.

My favorite is Christmas, however. I love everything about it, celebrating the birth of our Savior.

But there’s been a few years recently I’ve ended up being sick on or near Christmas. Last year my side of our family’s Christmas had to be postponed because I was sick, and we were hosting it. I believe it’s because I try to do too much, and I wear myself out right before the wonderful holiday. That’s not what Christmas is supposed to be about, right?

This year, I’m looking ahead and plan to do things differently. Instead of hustling and bustling through the season, I’m choosing to be more still.

stillTo be intentional about less running, and being still more often. Spending extended time with my Creator and my Savior. Reading His Word. Resting. Replenishing. Spending time in stillness with those I love.

Forgetting the commercialism and focusing on the true celebration of the season.

Why don’t you join me?

Our families won’t remember the perfectly wrapped gifts, or the perfectly clean home. They’re going to remember spending time with those they love, namely you and me. Those are the memories they’ll carry with them for years to come.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite scripture verses, Psalm 46:10:

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

I’ll be resting in this verse often.

Let’s be a little more still this season. Let’s exalt God and be thankful. Let’s celebrate the true meaning of this season.

Stop.

 

It’s good to be still. I pray you and I can do it often in the coming weeks! Happy Friday (or Thursday) friend!

Julie

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