I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the everyday blessings we enjoy: health, family, home, old friends, Cadbury milk chocolate bars with almonds …
You know, I’d just like to saver this lovely tranquility – this peaceful contentment, this quiet pre-Christmas-madness moment – a little longer. Before the stress begins. Ahhh.
Okay. It’s over. Here comes the little mister lugging the first side-splitting box of decorations from the attic.
But it doesn’t have to be. Over. Right?
Can’t you just picture a gurgling Baby Jesus smiling up at you from the manger? He doesn’t care if the halls are decked or the Christmas tree is blazing. He doesn’t give a fig about figgy pudding (what is that stuff, anyway?) or gingerbread cookies or pumpkin pies. He doesn’t even plan to shop for one single gift.
All Baby Jesus wants for Christmas is you. Your attention. Your adoration. Your unfettered joy at the miracle of His birth.
Let’s face it, dear friend, it’s pretty much impossible to give Baby Jesus His heart’s desire the way we currently do Christmas … putting up more decorations than the Griswalds, baking so many cookies that elves move into your backyard tree, shopping till ya drop then dragging back to the packed mall the next day for the ten items you forgot.
But what if we just stop … breathe … gaze down into that manger … and remember why we’re doing all this in the first place?
So how about you and I make a pact right now to do it differently this year? Let’s keep that wee baby in the manger at the center of our consciousness every blessed day. Because we truly are. Blessed. Why, you might even say we’re too blessed to be stressed. 😀
Special Congrats to Julie Franklin, winner of my Marvelous Makeover Giveaway! Julie’s prize package contains:
My Too Blessed to be Stressed Planner, Too Blessed to be Stressed Cookbook, and a $25 Amazon gift card for Julie’s choice of the electronic or print version of my new 365-day devotional, Too Blessed to be Stressed: Inspiration for Every Day.
But don’t fret, folks, another great GIVEAWAY is will be announced within days (“friend” me on Facebook so you won’t miss the announcements!) And you can always find my newest contests and giveaways under “Freebies” at www.DeboraCoty.com
Julie Franklin says
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Debora! I am SO excited, and can’t tell you how timely this is! Your “Too Loved: A Journal for Women” has helped me tremendously and continues to be my “go to” when I know I am getting overwhelmed and sidetracked, and need to refocus on God, His MANY blessings, and His plans for my life. I love the new look of your website, and can’t wait to walk through the devotional (new recipes will be helpful, too!). Don’t even get me started about the Planner (I’m a Planner junky! Just sayin’…). Both thankful and grateful. Wishing you all the best!