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This Christmas, choose what’s better

“Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

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Last week someone asked if I was ready for Christmas. I said yes. This week…not so much. The last minute baking, food prep, packing for travel and that one-more-box of cards to buy leave me feeling unprepared.

With every task I check off, the to-do list only seems to grow. What happened to being ready?

Mary got it right. She focused on what mattered. She spent time with the Lord rather than bustling around with preparations. Yes, chores have to be done. But approaching the list with a fresh attitude is key. 

This Christmas, I’m trying to remember to take a breather. To sit at the fit of Jesus before the preparations of the day. To listen. To pray. I want to focus on what can’t be taken away.

Lord, grant your presence. Be my calm before the day begins, remain during the hustle and bustle, and linger long after the last plate is washed and crumbs are swept.


An invitation

Matthew 1:23″…and they will call him Immanuel—which means, ‘God with us.'”*

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God is with us. Christmas celebrates the fact that God came to be with us…through his son, Jesus. Looking ahead to this new year—his presence gives hope to hang on to. Cling to that rope of truth this year.

And may I invite you to join me on a trek through The One Year Bible? Each day’s reading, January 1 – December 31, includes a portion of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. At the end of the year, you’ve read through the entire Bible, and the Psalms twice.

The One Year Bible works for me because I don’t have to decide what to read each day. I just open up and read. Also, I’m not legalistic about it. There are days I skim the Old Testament portion—or skip it completely. It’s set up so you can make it work for you by choosing to read through one section, such as the New Testament. Or, if you did just the Proverbs…at the end of the year you’ve read through Proverbs.

Don’t let perfectionism suffocate…the goal is to get the word into your life. The One Year Bible police won’t come to your door!

Most days I write something that stands out to me in my journal. I edit, process and post some of my entries on this blog. (Many remain drafts.) Sometimes I share a devotional thought, sometimes a poem or maybe a prayer. I strive to be theologically correct…but as I mentioned on my disclaimer page, “I reserve the right to be wrong.”

Consider yourself invited on a life changing journey through God’s Word in 2014. As those gifts sat under the tree waiting to be opened…treasures sit waiting, wrapped in the pages of God’s Word.

Proverbs 1:5 “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”*

*The One Year Bible, January 1, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

The One Year Bible is available online through YouVersion, www.bible.com.

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Christmas in Proverbs

Proverbs 30:4 “…Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and the name of his son? Tell me if you know!”*

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Did you catch it? Or, should I say, him? Many times before he was born, Jesus is alluded to in the Old Testament. And right there in Proverbs, we’re given a nugget of hope—a foretelling of Christ.

Just imagine Christmas in the middle of the work day…that’s what the Son in Proverbs is like.

*The One Year Bible, December 15, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Christmas Stored Up

Psalm 31:19 “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you…on those who take refuge in you.” (NIV)*

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God’s goodness stored up is like Christmas presents bought in July, then hidden until just the right time. The anticipation is as great for the giver, as for the recipient. The recipient probably doesn’t even know gifts have been stored.

Consider this your heads-up. God has been wrapping Christmas presents and putting them in storage.

He’s been storing up goodness. His goodness consists of true wealth, such as fruit of the Spirit, someday heaven, unconditional love, and being forgiven–completely.

I don’t want to miss the goodness He may be longing to bestow. Like kids just before Christmas who wonder if they’ve been naughty or nice, am I fearing and taking refuge in Him?

Am I believing and taking Him at His Word? Do I have a healthy respect for His authority and power, then obey? Ouch.

When there’s a storm, is He my shelter and solace, my safe place? Am I hiding under His wings? Do I look for comfort, hope, and direction in His Word?

Maybe it’s time to wonder if I’m living in a way that frees Him to bestow. He longs to give His goodness as much as I long to receive it. And I sure don’t want to miss out on Christmas stored up…

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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