Christmas Blessing Giveaway!!

So, what’s this Christmas Blessing Giveaway all about? Hosted by the lovely ladies at Woman to Woman Ministries and joined by thirty-two bloggers who are offering up their sweetest encouragement on how to keep His peace in this happy, but easily stressed-out season. In addition, we are GIVING AWAY a blessing of $320 in PayPal cash!! See entry details directly below this post… 

–I’m moving cross country and unpacking this week, so I’ve blown the dust off of one of my favorite posts about the busyness of Christmas and our True focus… praying it blesses your heart!

As fast as you can say “Thanksgiving” it’s completely over.

The very next day all things orange, red and brown fade wearily into the background of the world. And the ever popular Christmas dances on in to the lime-light making its sparkling, dazzling long awaited return.

Soft, glowing lights of every color seem to magically string from house to house reminding us of the upcoming event. Windows joyfully frame some variety of a beautifully decorated fir tree that soon becomes the center of unforgettable precious family memories.

We can barely help but lose ourselves in lists and shopping and baking and celebrating. Every.  Single.  Day.  Until the most eagerly anticipated day of the year arrives: Christmas.

I fondly recall the complete and utter excitement of Christmas Eve as a child. The quiet restfulness of my bed overtaken by insomnia induced hopes for Christmas morning. Santa Claus. Overflowing stockings. Piles of gifts. All mysterious and unknown, but full with the promise of smiles and squeals and sweet splendor. And now as an adult I can hardly fight the urge to introduce my children each year to all of this marvelous wonder and delight.

But, in the midst of it all I remember what Christmas is really about for those of us who believe. And the picture of what I hope for at this time of year instantly transforms into something very different.

Something that is hardly radiant to the eyes of the world, but strikingly magnificent to those whose eyes stay fixed upon Jesus.

Indeed the worldly traditions of Christmas surround us, smothering us at every turn, yet we do not ever forget that HE is our true reason for this season.

His birth and the hope that it brought us.

His life and the living example He is for us.

His death and the covering for our sin.

His promises and our eternity with Him in heaven.

It causes me to reflect on this consuming, hungry expectation of traditional Christmas that the world woos us into and the energy we pour into the handful of days leading up to it. And I nearly burn up with conviction as I realize that we should reserve this awesome eager anticipation for only one single day ever. His Word defines all of our hopes not just for Christmas, but for life

 “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20

“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” Galatians 5:5

“Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:23

We have overwhelming Truth that gives us a real reason to exhibit such eager anticipation and it by far out weighs any impulsive passion we have for a mere annual and worldly holiday. That’s worth our excitement.

It’s THE gift of our lifetime!

So, my hopes for Christmas are… that in the coming days I would not lose this most important godly perspective. And in however many days we have left on this earth that our passion would unleash wildly for Christ in a way that forcibly moves us to stand unyielding up onto our tippy-toes with arms anxiously outstretched to His heavens in joyful, never-seen-before eager anticipation as we await the coming of our Savior and our promised life with Him in eternity.

And… I pray it’s JUST like that for you too!

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Kelli, Erin and I are so excited to offer you this opportunity for an amazing Christmas Blessing Giveaway hosted by Woman to Woman Ministries!

The Prize: $320 in PayPal Cash!

The Rules: No purchase necessary.  Must be 18 to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.  This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or associated by Facebook.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to release Facebook, Woman to Woman Ministries and all participating blogs of all liability.  Contest ends at 12:01am EST on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.  Winner is randomly chosen by Rafflecopter and will be emailed on December 11, 2012, then funds will be transferred to winner’s PayPal account.

How to Enter: Complete all of the tasks in the Rafflecopter below…

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2 Responses

11.26.12

LOVE this post Heidi! Thank you for joining us!
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11.26.12

I love this post! Just a great reminder who we are celebrating instead of what! I needed to hear this and that’s why I have read it at least three time:) Love you my friend!

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