Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It can't be...next week is Christmas? It just seems that I was pulling this out of the oven YESTERDAY...

I just can't seem to get into the fun of Christmas yet. The house is decorated, most of the presents have been purchased; but the fun isn't there for me. Maybe if I was cooking or having company...maybe if I was doing some baking...maybe if I was in the Christmas cantata...maybe if my dad was here, a bunch of maybes that all lead back to the fact that I can't get into Christmas this year.

I have been spending too much time reading other blogs...I really love doing that, but it's been a bit depressing lately to see how well other people have decorated! I feel like I just threw everything up and in my eye, it looks pretty, but then I do some surfing on different blogs and realize how inadequate I feel about EVERYTHING, and not just Christmas!

I need to spend less time comparing myself to other people and other blogs and spend more time concentrating on the true meaning of Christmas. Not the decorations, not how someone's house looks, or the lack of homemade goodies, but the fact that this is the birthday of my Savior and without the manager I wouldn't have the saving grace that the Cross provides for me.

So maybe I need to be less like Martha this year and more like Mary, the mother of Jesus. I think she fully understood what was about to happen to her and to the rest of us with the birth of her baby. She understood that a baby wasn't just going to be born, but a Savior, the promised Messiah. I think I need to slow down a bit and just concentrate on the fact that this tiny baby has changed my life forever.

"My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior." Luke 1:46-47


  1. Read the book, "How to be Mary, in a Martha World"....it's really good, I have it! It will help. You're right, not everything has to be perfect.

  2. I've had Christmas' like that too... sometimes it took a long time to get over how everything looked (or didn't look) and focus on Jesus. Put on some great Christian Christmas music while you go about your day at home, it will lift your spirits and put the focus back on Christ.

  3. Yes ma'am I think you're on the right track. The whole point of decorating and festive holiday activities is to celebrate the birth of Christ. If it becomes some sort of requirement or guilt trip, you're missing the point all together.

    I can't believe next week is Christmas, either, I haven't completed my shopping and it's because I thought I'd have more time for hand-made gifts this year. But, I haven't so I'll likely be buying gifts this week after all. But I'm not going to be hard on myself about it; it's the first year that I've been home more in December and the first year I even thought of doing home made gifts, and i have made some, I just didn't realize how much time it was going to take.

    I really pray that today you will turn off the computer, spend some time in prayer and in God's word ,and then light some candles ,put on some CHristmas music, put some apple cider on to cook and make the house smell great, and look around and get excited about how awesome your home is and how special it is because it is the home the Lord has given you and it's the home that you make a haven for you and your hubby. Don't let the enemy steal your joy today, I'll be praying for you for sure!

    Blessings, sister!

  4. Thanks for sharing so openly, Lois. You're right -- it's too easy to get down when we start playing the comparison game. And the more we play, the worse it gets.

    When I read your post, I thought about how ironic it is that Mary's Martha and Martha Stewart share the same name...

    But Jesus said, "Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42). The stuff of life doesn't go with us, our hearts matter for eternity.

    Thanks for the reminder.
    May our Lord show Himself to you in abundance today.

  5. Now that was one good-looking turkey! It looks absolutely delicious.

    Don't be so hard on yourself. :) Just remember that God gave you certain talents that he didn't give others and vice versa. I see all these beautiful crafts and sewing projects on all the blogs and I know I don't have the talent to do any of them. In fact, I couldn't sew to save my life! But I can do other things. You're right to turn your focus to Mary and the amazing Savior whose birth we're about to celebrate. {hugs}

  6. I wouldn't worry about it, your home is always perfect! Come over here.....you'll feel better!

  7. Lois, you are a specially designed, one of a kind work of art, intricately crafted by the Master Artisan to be exactly who you are!! No one CAN compare to you! Your uniqueness defies comparisons, and so do your own unique forms of self-expression such as your home and it's holiday dressings. (I know you know this) You are an encouragement to me and many others and seem to live a life unencumbered by the Martha syndrome. In other words, it's my impression that you're more of a Mary anyway!! Just enjoy what you see, and know that you give God great pleasure when He looks upon your heart, home, family, and your commitment to what's important to Him. I'm glad we met in this great big huge blogosphere!!!

    Blessings, friend,