Truly I Say to You


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I've really been praying that the Lord helps me in focusing on what is really important this time of year. Traditions are great and I am all for them, but that isn't what makes Christmas. Christmas is a time to bless others and to recognize even more how very blessed we are. The older I get, Christmas changes. Not in a bad way; but now I'm not counting down the days and hours for Santa. Now I'm looking for ways to glorify the Lord. Whether that is helping a family have gifts for Christmas that they may not otherwise have or if it's just spending more quality time with friends and family. Because at the end of the day {and year}that is what matters. The relationships. God has given us a small window of time on this earth and I'm learning more and more how small that window can be. So while I'm here on the other side of it, I'm going to live it the best way that I can.

Death is not our enemy; a wasted life is our enemy.- Louie Giglio

I signed up for Max Lucado's Christmas devotionals this year, and this is what he suggested in Day 3:

One of the best ways you can prepare yourself for a great Christmas is to listen for God's voice. What might he want to say to you as December 25 draws near?

Life gets busy. Especially this time of year. But regardless, find that time, that space, that quiet to just sit and listen. God wants us to be excited for Christmas--but not because of Santa or presents. He wants us to find joy, excitement AND peace because of Him and the gift that He gave us all those years ago. 

So this Christmas, don't only take time to watch Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch. Take time to listen for God. To bless someone. To desire family and friends.

It's not the bows and lights that make this a magical time of year.

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