I couldn’t do much.
I couldn’t shop.
I couldn’t decorate.
I couldn’t host any parties.
I couldn’t cook.
Thanks to myasthenia gravis, I couldn’t even walk but a few feet.
Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ESV
It was a special season. Online shopping took less time and less money, not to mention eliminated the stressful hustle and bustle. A friend volunteered to decorate my house and with my mother’s help, it looked much better than when I decorated myself. I was given a present; Ann Voskamp’s book The Greatest Gift. This interactive book helped me focus on advent. Indeed, it was a special season.
Exodus 33:14, “Then He replied, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'” HCSB
A SEASON OF FREEDOM
This year I can walk and drive but I am not shopping. My family has decided to forego exchanging gifts entirely. I feel free. I’ve asked my friend to come back and help decorate. Also I want to read the book again. But it really isn’t a book to simply read, it is a book to do. I expect it will be a special season again.
Luke 8:40, “Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.”NIV
My friend Kim has a unique invitation so we can do the book together. I am looking forward to it and I hope you will join us.
She’s pretty talented. If you don’t believe me, check out Hunt and Host on Pinterest. If you follow me, I have a few of Kim’s projects pinned so you can look there.
Luke 2:13, “Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others-the armies of heaven-praising God…” NLT
Since we aren’t going to have presents to unwrap on Christmas, we aren’t exactly sure what we are going to do. Obviously we will eat and probably play games, but I would love to hear your family traditions and ideas for making Christmas special.
Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased.” NASB
Of course the true gift is Jesus. To make Christmas special, we are going to have to focus on Him. After all, Christmas is supposedly a season to commemorate His birth, but I rarely see it. This year I plan to look harder.
Matthew 2:2, “Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.” KJV
The advent begins December 1 so be sure and sign up before then. I look forward to our journey together.