It is a little long but I needed to share with you, my friends. (sharing my goals with you will remind me stay on track)
I am going into the month of December with a New perspective and FOCUS. I love Christmas and the meaning behind it.. JESUS (that simple) but over the years working in retail it was more about stuff and things! I was busy with parties,events, dinners, shopping, and more! Which I loved (well some of them).. I would be on the go all the time (more than I am now) and by the time Christmas and my parents got here, I was cranky and overwhelmed with emotions of stuff. But this year my attitude is changed and I am facing my struggles head on.
This year we are focusing on doing the Advent with the family every night. Which means, Illy is not doing VB this month. (she is 9 and will be okay w/o it for a month), Isaiah is only practicing BB during the day (maybe once a week), and Bella has her huge drama play in a few weeks (we are working this around our Advent) My heart needs to be in the RIGHT place for me to fully enjoy this sweet time. And we have more family coming this year. Woohoo!! We will still go to parties and events but our Advent will be non-negotiable. Making it a priority will be the difference. I am learning to say “NO”.. wow I actually wrote that.. lol
So throughout this month.. I will be sharing a few activities from our Advent book. I want my children to lean more about Jesus and why we truly Celebrate Christmas. Believe me.. I have messed up plenty during their younger years.( will mess up in the years to come.. I will learn from every mistake I made) And maybe have showered them with too many gifts at times. So now, as WE get older, WHAT do we ACTUALLY NEED for Christmas?
This morning we read the verses from Proverbs 2:1-11 As we planned 3 new things that we can do as a family to focus on others. Seeking God’s Wisdom everyday is a great way to start. The Candle of HOPE.. this week we have hope in knowing that our SAVIOR and KING is with us today. And without Him I am nothing. The hope I do have is to give him all my glory. Jesus is the Reason for this Season!
I wish you all the very best Christmas season EVER! Thanks for letting me share my heart with you. Love S.
The Value of Wisdom
2 My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice
and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you,
understanding will guard you,