Dec. 9th and I still have not started Christmas shopping. Our van broke down, my husband had a work related injury last week, my kids have been sick, money is just plain tight and the pressure that I feel from being the only house in our cul de sac with NO lights outside..well let’s just say…I’ve started to get really stressed out and then I remember…
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Christmas is really about the simple things…
I stop and take a little look around my life..my family, my neighborhood..my friends and aquaintances..I stop to count my blessings..I stop long enough to catch that glimpse of peace and joy that only Christ can bring and my heart begins to soar as I remember, the King came down this very Christmas season..for me!
We all know that a joyful heart is good medicine…that this season truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s just so easy to get caught up in the hussle and bussle of the season. It’s easy too, to get caught up in our trials and tribulations and forget to be thankful.
Did you know that the very act of verbalizing, listing or journaling what we are thankful for reduces our stress significantly?
This is most definately the season of giving, but may I suggest that you take some time for yourself. To stop long enough to look to the One that this awesome season is about. Remember..He did not come down from His heavenly throne for gifts..He came for YOU. He IS the gift.
Don’t lose Christ in Christmas.
Mercy has created a most wonderful website (you are going to love it!) where we can gather and take a few moments to quiet ourselves down and count our blessings and to share our blessings with others.
I think you will find as you read the blessings of others..that it’s not the newest and latest toys that people are greatful for..but it is the simple things…friends and family.
It’s the simple things my friend..that can get lost in the materialism and rush of Christmas. Sometimes..just helping someone unload a car full of groceries, lending a hand to a mom trying to manage 5 kids at the grocery store..is the greatest gift you can give at a most special moment. Don’t miss the blessings and don’t pile your list of “to do’s” so high..stop and do the simple things right in front of you..and make your blessings count.
Mercy recognizes the stress we put on ourselves and our families over the holidays. They want to remind us that ‘Our greatest blessing is to see others blessed.’ One way we can do this is to pause, list our blessings, and share them with others. Let’s count our blessings together atwww.ourblessingscount.com.