I’ve got the spirit of the season.
Like an onion, it happened in layers.
First, it was an exasperated, “How am I going to get everything done!!!!????” which totally saps any Christmas spirit from your to-do list.
Without any HUGE chunks of unassigned time, I had to approach shopping, wrapping, baking, shipping and decorating in teeny increments. The “baby steps” seemed ineffectual at first, but (just like in the move “What About Bob?”) ended up coming together (synthesis!) in an explosion of silver and gold and peacock colors along with the smell of raisin bread wafting through the house. (Twenty loaves have been shipped out so far, with more to come! It’s an homage to my beloved grandmother and a tradition I started about ten years ago.)
Here are some highlights:
And here’s a spot in the dining area, ready for a house full of guests later today!
Yep, we decided to have a PARTY – our first Christmas Party in Sarasota, which was a great incentive to get my #$%@ in gear and get things done EARLY.
Worrying about everything coming together doesn’t make it happen.
But those little baby steps are magical steps of faith that can move a mountain.
Which is a perfect lead in to the new WOW!:
You know, ya gotta love content that includes a Jesus story and a George Michael musical interlude in the same video. It’s that crazy juxtaposition of me-ness, and I’m so glad you appreciate it.
Here’s some thoughts about FAITH:
- It works by LOVE (not fear)
- You don’t need much to get great results (even as small as a mustard seed!)
- What you HEAR over and over affects your faith level (do you have faith for the NEGATIVE? Are those the messages you’ve been giving space to?)
I think that’s why I love that portion of the movie The Help so much. The main character is the caretaker for the neglected little girl, and she says to her over and over, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” What a powerful deposit into that little girl’s soul!
Let’s all deposit some powerful messages into our hearts this season and watch our faith GROW!