I'm jamming today with the Faith Barista . We're sharing our Unwrapping Jesus discoveries.
My life has literally turned upside down in the past year. Living in a temporary dwelling with boxes everywhere is a bit difficult.
Christmas had been so organized in the past.
I set up our tree with all the decorations the day after Thanksgiving.
I'd shop throughout the year looking for special presents for family and friends on my long list. I loved to find the perfect gift for each one and even loved wrapping them.
The Christmas cards were signed and mailed.
The menus were planned for Christmas Eve, Christmas morning and Christmas Day.
This was me several years ago. I remember feeling so organized at the time. Everything was in its proper place.
Every ornament was in place. The fireplace was lit. Greg and my stockings were hung.
I even created a Christmas card using this photo of our Christmas tree.
And then my life changed.
I'm not buying a long list of presents. In fact, I've not even set foot in a mall in quite some time. I will send out a few Christmas cards using leftover ones from previous years. I hope to make a few gifts and do a bit of baking (if I can find my pans in the boxes in the garage).
I get to see the excitement in the eyes of the little children I'm teaching as they get to place ornaments on our class Christmas tree.
I get to listen to Christmas carols playing softly as the children take a nap after lunch on their mats.
I get to listen to their excited voices as they tell me what they want for Christmas.
I get to hear their sweet voices sing "Jingle Bells".
And in the midst of this Christmas ... I hear God's voice.
He whispers to me that He has a plan and a purpose for my life. He promises to never leave me nor forsake me.
And so I can celebrate Jesus.
Unwrapping Jesus is
A gift of His perfect love for me
The freedom He provides
The peace I can have with God
The gift of eternal life
After all, this isn't my permanent home. I'm just passing through on my way to my home in heaven.
God has changed my perspective and opened my eyes in new ways this past year. And I am so grateful.
As I celebrate Christmas this year, my focus will be on Jesus. How about you?