It’s not either/or…it’s both/and!

I woke up early this morning, and by early, I mean EARLY! My mind was reeling still with all the things I have to do. I am hosting a party with my mom’s side of the family tonight, and I have food to get ready and lists to make. My first instinct when I got up was, “Let’s clean, organize, get to the grocery store….let’s get BUSY!” But Mary and Martha decided to pop into my head. So…here we are!

I’m just not feeling it…

So, this is me being vulnerable (which isn’t the most comfortable thing for me) but I’m just not that into it this year. Usually, I am all decorated the week of Thanksgiving and have a strategy for Christmas gifts. I start baking in November. I’m all wrapped a week or two before Christmas, and all the Christmas carols I listen to all month long make me cry. I love Christmas….but this year, I’m just not feeling it. Isn’t that terrible? ….

Mirror or window (a peek inside my journal)…

My journal is very precious to me…and very private. I typed 3 other blogs this morning and wasn’t happy with any of them. I kept coming back to this…I need to share my journal page with you. My journal is filled with my private thoughts and things I get from the Lord. I write down the scriptures that encourage me and things He speaks right to my heart. The Word inspires me. It refreshes me. It encourages my faith and trust in the Lord. But most of all, the Word CHALLENGES me…and I capture those challenges too, usually with tears, so I can grow and change and draw closer to the One who loves me so much!

Ho-hum…

Every year, one of my favorite Christmas presents is my new journal, and they have come in all shapes and sizes. I love to journal. It’s not like a daily diary. If it were, most days would be pretty boring. But I do write the BIG moments. I capture the memorable moments…what God spoke to me a particular day or if something AMAZING happened. Luke is journaling here….he’s writing the highlights of the life of Jesus. The things that stuck out to him. The things he thought were noteworthy. He took two whole chapters to write about the events leading up to and including Jesus’ birth and dedication in the temple. Then, in one verse, he covers twelve years of His life. And then he skips ahead to when Jesus is starting His ministry….why did he skip those years?…..