What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hustle, Bustle and Be Merry!

Lots of preparations going on here. There isn't a room in this house that doesn't have some sort of festive paraphanalia strewn within. Tons of projects, not quite done littering table tops and baskets. Wrapping paper. Ribbon. Beads. Yarn. Pictures. Cinnamon.

And lots of butter.

Preparations are a GOOD thing. Anticipation is a GOOD thing. Expectations are a GOOD thing.

All of it, every last bit, points us to the Giver.

The yarn scraps sticking to my socks as I walk from room to room.

The paper confetti littering the floor.

The beads that Judah keeps finding and trying to eat.

The glittered ground.

The yelps that occasionally accompany hot glue projects.

The tape that, in one instant, is pulled out and tangled.

The many, many chocolate morsels, awaiting their resurrection.

It's all good. It all points to Him and His abundant Grace.

God, the greatest Giver~ He gives us the beauty in wreaths, the smell of fresh rosemary and pine and the deliciousness of pumpkin. He gives us talents, the creativity to wrap presents just so, the desire to please others, the thoughts of generosity, the supplies and TIME needed to make Love-gifts and beautiful homes.

When we seek out these gifts and notice them, we find gratitude in His grace. When we show creativity and generosity this season, we become a reflection of Himself.

Some say decorations and presents, trees and gingerbread take away the TRUE meaning of Christmas. I daresay, every last bit of the festiveness we can muster, only makes the brightness of Christmas shine brighter.

As we hustle and bustle, prepare and plan, excitedly create and anticipate these last few days leading up to Christmas, God is very, very pleased.

We have reason to celebrate. The GREATEST REASON IN THE WORLD.

God gave us His only son. God gave us HIMSELF in His son!!!!

Now, go wrap some presents!


Terri said...

Preach it, Sista!!!!! I love all the preparation and activity this time of year. I do need to remember to stop for a bit each day and reflect on the Lord but I would never want to do without all the things that make this such a special time of year!

Tracy said...


...they call me mommy... said...

Love this!! Your photos are so crisp!!! Just makes me feel like I can smell and FEEL everything! :)

LOVED your card, friend...

Cute shoes! ;) Hardy har har...seriously if you wouldn't have mentioned them. Your porch is sooo lovely!! :)

I sent you kinda a whiny letter...sorry ahead of time! ;) Please excuse it as the ramblings of a woman GREAT with child! ;)

abigail said...

Darn it. You have no "Older Posts" button at the bottom here, and I bet I'm missing some.