I just spent time tonight with some of the most wonderful people on the planet at our Five Minute Friday party. We gather together on Twitter each Thursday night, as we share and get to know each other. Tonight’s subjects were everything from being a #crazylady, to chocolate, to visiting Costa Rica. Goodness, we have a good time.
It’s also the time we find out this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt. We free-write (no concern for grammar, spelling, punctuation) for five minutes on our blogs or in our journals, and meet back up to share our imperfect writing at Kate Motaung’s. Please join us. It’s freeing, fun and a great way to express yourself. If you don’t have a blog, I invite you to share yours in my comments space below.
This week’s word:
Two weeks from today is Christmas.
Are you ready?
We have much to do in two weeks, don’t we? Or wait. Maybe you’re more organized than me and have everything done. Maybe you use your time a little more wisely, and you find yourself with extra of it on your hands.
If you are and you do, I’m glad you’re my friend. And if you aren’t and you don’t, I’m still glad you’re my friend!
(I’m thankful for you today, no matter how far you are in your holiday preparations.)
I think about all I have to prepare, and if I think on it too long, I get overwhelmed.
Christmas this year: Less stress and more love. (#lessstressmorelove) I don’t want to be stressed this season.
Christmas shouldn’t be stressful. If anyone had a reason to stress on Christmas, it would have been Mary and Joseph. Birthing the King of kings in a stable?? On hay? With animals? Stressful isn’t a word that comes to mind when we read the account of Jesus’ birth. Beautiful, magnificent, holy, joyful? Yes. But stressful? No.
We don’t need to be stressed either.
Instead of focusing on preparing the “stuff” for Christmas, what if we focused on preparing our hearts?
Below might help. This suggested reading list is from the weekly Bible study I’m in, and it blesses me to read through them each Christmas. You can read the passages yourself, read them with your spouse, with your kids, or with your entire family.
It’s the perfect way to prepare your heart.
A Savior King Is Promised — Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5; Micah 5:2-5a
The Angel Visits Mary — Luke 1:26-38
The Angel Visits Joseph — Matthew 1:18-25
The Trip to Bethlehem and Stable Lodging — Luke 2:1-7
The Christ Child Is Born — Luke 2:6-7
The Angels Visit the Shepherds — Luke 2:8-14
The Shepherds Visit the Manger — Luke 2:15-18
The Wise Men Travel to Jerusalem — Matthew 2:1-8
The Wise Men Worship the Christ Child — Matthew 2:9-12
The Trip to Egypt — Matthew 2:13-15
May God bless you as you prepare your heart for the birth of our Savior. May this be a Christmas we’ll each remember because we didn’t get lost in the “stuff.”
(Okay, I went seven minutes by adding the scriptures in.) Looking forward to celebrating a blessed Christmas with you!
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