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Sunday, December 13, 2009

12/13 12 Pearls of Christmas : God With Us

December 13 (extra post):
12 Pearls of Christmas: God With Us

by Deb Kalmbach

I used to be the queen of over-commitment, and December brought out the worst in this malady. It was as if I were poised at an imaginary starting line, and when I flipped the calendar page, I was off and running--the December dash!

You could hardly see any white space on my daily planner it was so jammed with events. Kids' Christmas programs, church programs, and endless lists of things-to-do obscured my calendar and my vision to see what really mattered. Each day when we hung another ornament on our Advent tree, I felt my chest tighten, and my breathing get shallower. Only single-digit shopping days left...Panic mode was about to set in.

Of course I was singing in the Christmas choir. I love music, and the heavenly Christmas anthems we sang. The neighborhood cookie exchange was an annual tradition. Forget about the old standards, chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies. Let's talk about jam-filled tea cookies, chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls, or iced sugar cookies with colored sprinkles. My kitchen looked like a Martha Stewart test kitchen gone awry.

My head spins just thinking about it. I usually felt so frustrated and exhausted by Christmas Day, I barely enjoyed the celebration. I repeated this drill for many Christmas seasons, before I finally decided to step back and think about why I was trying to accomplish the impossible. I learned to take a deep breath and accept the fact that I can't do it all-and I'm much better off if I don't try.

That's probably why I'm writing this. The tendency to revert to this frenzied pace by mid-December is still a challenge. I need to be reminded of the quiet simplicity of this season, so I can hear the age-old message once again.

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

Immanuel! Our God is with us. If we can stop long enough to listen-we will hear the invitation that beckons us to come, to wait, to get ready for our coming King.

No doubt, December will be as busy as ever with gifts to purchase, trees to decorate and carols to sing. But this Advent season, I pray that in the midst of everything contending for our time and attention, our hearts will be moved and our senses sharpened to rejoice in God's greatest gift.


Deb Kalmbach is the co-author of Because I Said Forever: Embracing Hope in a Not-So-Perfect Marriage and the author of a book for children, Corey's Dad Drinks Too Much. Deb and her husband, Randy, make their home in a tiny town in Eastern Washington. Visit Deb at her website or blog.


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~Kristinia/Loving Heart Mommy~

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ProjectHope7 said...

Hi Kristinia... wow what a beautiful entry.. such precious words from His throne! I am leaving this comment in the hopes that perhaps The Lord will find grace and enable me to present this very special 3 strand pearl necklace to my very very precious daughter whose birthday in on January 1st, new years day. God gave me a very special pearl from Heaven actually yesterday... my daughter whom I havent seen for 17 yrs, since she was a teen, sent me one photo and a 2 line note asking for my address!She said she wanted to send me photos of her and new little girl whom I have yet to meet. I wept for some time and then thanked the Lord for His incredible gift! Now my prayers are for the next step, to see her face in person, and my newest granddaughter! But I must be patient and beleive He will guide her and bring her in His time... So,..again thank you for this review, this giveaway, and the precious gift of pearls you are offering to some blessed reader! Either way, I am blessed! Have a graet Christmas and Happy New YEar.

cathy b
projecthope7 at gmail dot com

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