I don’t know what it is about this time of year for me, but I get overwhelmed so easily. Maybe it’s the inundation of catalogs in the mail or extraneous activity, the too many things I need to do, so many thoughts in my head or some sad feelings of not wanting to start Christmas until after I spend some time remembering the anniversary of my mother’s passing. I don’t think any of these things are good excuses, but they tie me up in a flurry of incapacitation. Is that an oxymoron? I guess it’s not a flurry, except for the racing mind. I really want to have the right focus. The greatest Gift of all came in the dreary darkness of winter to bring light to a fallen world. God clothed in man came to save the world from its despicable self and build a bridge of love from heaven to earth. And that makes me happy–not overwhelmed. Everything else is peripheral. Or it should be.

Today, I put out the front door decorations–poinsettias in the urns and a wreath on the door. I got rid of the fall pumpkins and crotons and moss, and blew off the porch. My door is ready. Now, prepare my heart. Welcome, Lord Jesus.


5 thoughts on “refocus

  1. O Come Let Us Adore Him… I’m praying for you as you miss your mother. She must have been one amazing lady!

    On another note… We have a new girl at work who wrote X-mas on the calendar. That bothers me so much! I’d rather write Christ… Thanks for helping us refocus!
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

  2. Beautiful. Reminds me of the song “Beauty of Simplicity.” This post will speak to many people as it did Annette, above. Thanks for sharing, for building community: “Oh, you feel that, too?”

  3. Wonderful post. Thanks for pointing us toward the real reason for the season. My favorite yard display is a wooden manger and a cross…both empty. To me that says it all. He was born so that He might die so that we might have eternal life. How I want to be so full of Jesus that I spill over and splash Him on everyone else around me. What an encouraging post. Thank you Annette. May you have a Christ filled day. Love in Him, Mary Lou

  4. I have been feeling overwhelmed all week, it may be left over Thanksgiving fatigue combined with beginning to decorate for Christmas and all the while thinking I really want more Jesus and less stuff.

    Have a blessed day.

    Love, Annette

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