Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Simple Joy

My sister-in-law invited me to a Women's Tea at her mom's church. The theme was Simple Joy.

HUH? Simple joy in the month of December~ impossible you say? Well, I would agree. It is pretty darn impossible.

Us women like to do it all in December. We like to show off our decorating expertise, our hospitality skills, our baking abilities, and that we are gift shopping extraordinares. Especially for ourselves right? The speaker for the evening challenged us to focus on family relationships, giving of yourself, and JESUS. The last one, I know, is totally original, especially since this whole chaos was created because of Him. The king, the king who was born in a stable. Who's mom rode in on a donkey. I think, even me and my Honda exceed the donkey...

So why do I already feel so fed up, and it's only the 9th? Because I have missed the point. I have given in to the world. I like the world. I am consumed by the world and its shiny wrapping paper and silver Nordstrom boxes. I am also consumed with sugary snacks, can I tell you that I have eaten 12 cookies for dinner? Yes, I said 12 cookies. And yes, they were my dinner. With milk. But I am overwhelmed with baking, hosting, attending, decorating, and ignoring my kids and my King.

But no more.

Tonight is it.

I am going to enjoy my holiday season. I am going to love my boys, my husband, my family, my home, and I am going to focus on the true and perfect reason for this season.

Care to join me?
(Thanks for the invite Amber.)

3 comments:

Definitely, Maybe... said...

Love ya... so glad you came! Great post

Anonymous said...

I'm with you. This is one reason I try to get all my shopping before December. I just finished last night. Now I feel like I can breathe and focus on the real reason for the season. You know me, I hate things hanging over my head. I need my list checked off before I can relax. Now, we can have more movie nights, drive the town looking at lights, go to a few Christmas performances, make cookies and dig out all the Christmas books. Next week is supposed to be a little rainy so it's perfect time to get all cozy with the fam!
Kim

The Philly Wheels said...

AMEN!

Thank you for this one....boy did I need it!