This week, I have so many new ideas I'd love to explore....but... The girls have rehearsal for their ballet performance 4 days this week. My FIL's 80th birthday celebration is this Sunday and besides replacing their kitchen counters, we've got to get their house ready for 40 dinner guests.... and decorate it for Christmas.
Ususally, my house and Christmas tree are all decorated by now. Today, the tree it sits with just the lights on. (I quickly put them up yesterday before running out of the house for worship practice.) And the Thanksgivng centerpiece is still out. This is a first.
It will definitely be a different kind of Christmas. No bad, just different. I have managed to keep up with what's really important: my own quiet time, schooling, and making sure the family has something to eat... Other than that, regular routine is out the window.
Through it all, I have managed an Advent thought ~
It had been 400 years of silence when Jesus was born. Seemingly, God had stopped speaking. So life among God's people had settled into a routine. And yet, God saw that it was time. Christmas came.
O LORD, please break into my life with Christmas. I am so grateful for your timing. Even when I life is rushed and busy, You come. You rescue me from my routine.
Listen to the words of the prophet Jeremiah, chapter 33:
May the LORD Our Righteousness, this gracious promise fulfilled, fill you with His grace today.14 " 'The days are coming,' declares the LORD, 'when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
15 " 'In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David's line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The LORD Our Righteousness.'
I'll leave you with the view from our neighborhood park where Andrew had a homeschool P.E. class yesterday. No matter how busy I am, the LORD always provides reminders of His glory. Enjoy!