Tuesday, December 6, 2011

finding the still

it's just not going to happen.

the brownies will not get made for bible study. the whites will not get washed. and the noodles might be not be hot anymore once we bring ourselves to the table. my hair will be in a bun, one remnant of morning curls poking out the back. doggie belly rubs might  not occur until midnight, with the tree out back casting a shadow on the blanket.

tis the season of hustle. of bustle and movement. of late nights and early mornings, with a soundtrack of ripping wrapping paper and falling ornaments. some things must, some things inevitably will, fall to the wayside.

but i promise this: i will lean into, body and spirit, everything sacred and holy and still about this december. i will sing from my gut and pray on my knees. i am determined to feel christmas this year. wholly. and that means letting things slide. like the pile of clothes in the laundry room. the books on the nighstand. the dust under the bench.

and i don't know how long i can make this last. this focus, this deep drive. january? february, maybe? but it's the striving that counts. the constant reach and try. one month, one prayer, at a time.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great reminder! Absolutely love it!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Blondie's Journal said...

All you can do is keep putting one foot in front of the other.

XO,
Jane

SymbioticLife said...

Once I find the still, I don't ever want to leave it. When I do, because I simply wasn't paying attention, I scramble frantically to get back there.

Haley K said...

loved this. we can get so distracted by the little things around us...but focusing on the real meaning of Christmas (where joy truly stems from) is on Christ. I'm with you, and i'm going to "lean into everything sacred and holy" this december :) Thanks for this inspiring post!

Emma Frances said...

What a good goal for this wonderful season! :]

Amanda C. said...

Some things are more important than a clean house.

Erin said...

Let is all go and just enjoy this special time!! :)

gina said...

YOu are such a wonderful writer, probably my favorite on a blog so far, I also love elizabeth esther, you would probably like her too. i just love your writing style, it really hits me and God has given you such a gift.

Mackenzie said...

it's like you wrote this just for me. such a lovely post, dear. you have it more under control than you think you do <3

Amanda said...

I feel the same way about this month. I don't want to feel disappointed about the little things that fall by the wayside -- I want to feel encouraged by the Bible and the goodness that comes from the Christmas story.

chambanachik said...

I agree. :)

charla beth said...

yes yes yes. this is so good. seeing the sacred. leaning into all of it with body and spirit and soul. and i hope you find it. i hope you are able to reach it and grasp it with both hands and that it tastes sweet and wholesome and fills you up and warms you from the inside out.

yes. that is what this season is all about.

kate said...

perfect reminder of what this season is all about. we get so caught up in the shopping, in the sales, and in the "what to wear" to christmas parties. but so often we forget why we are doing all these things for. thanks for reminding me and encouraging me to focus on the true joy this holiday season brings and the ultimate Gift we should be thankful for.

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