Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

Hello my friends. Welcome back to Jenn’s Journey. I hope and pray that each one of you are going into this new week with happy memories from Christmas and looking forward to what the New Year has in store. Join me with a cup of coffee for some of my reflections on Christmas!

This year I have been working very hard on personal growth. I’ve been taking a look at what makes me tick and what causes me to react to things and situations. I have been thinking a lot about Christmas and what it means to me. For quite a few years, it brought me sadness. I rarely felt like decorating and the hype of it all exhausted me. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on gifts which tempted me to feel sorry for myself because I can’t quite ‘keep up’ with others.

I remember being sad as a kid when it was all over..to the point of tears, not to mention the numerous holidays that were spoiled by once living with someone whose selfishness over gifts eclipsed all else. All these thoughts tumbled through my head starting at about Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for my sweet daughter and how she helps me see things through different eyes. The day after Thanksgiving, she convinced me to get out our Christmas decorations and put them up. We had a blast doing it and it reminded me of the fun of that from my childhood. I even have some of the ornaments I had from ‘the olden days’ as my girl calls it. Seeing all the colors, lights and excitement through a child’s eyes is fantastic.

In my daughter’s kindergarten class, her teacher put up a picture of Jesus in the manger and it says “Every child needs a stable background.” The words hit me for some reason, differently than perhaps another time. You see this year I have also been working on my walk with Jesus and making Him my first and primary focus. I’ve seen His love and His grace in a new way this year…as I struggle with my own shortcomings, pain from the past, unmet expectations….in some cases unrealistic expectations and the anxiety that comes from living in this fallen world. It’s not just children that need a stable background; perhaps we grownups need it even more!stable

On Christmas morning, I woke up while it was still dark. I lay there watching the light come into my house as the sun rose…it was a still, quiet, a beautiful moment. As it happened, it reminded me of the Light that Jesus brought when He was born on that night thousands of years ago. Light that shines in spite of the darkness, light He longs to shine into our past, our present and our future. Light that cannot be contained once we let it in.

For me, that is exactly what Christmas should be about…the beauty of what His birth means. As it says in the Bible “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world” John 16:33

Whatever our past, present or future brings into our lives, the fact remains…He has overcome it! Perhaps we won’t see that full picture until He comes again to get us, but in the meantime, let’s embrace the fact that His love brought Him here. Let that be the celebration that lasts all year long!!

Until next week,

Be Blessed.

JennJenn

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One Response to “Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Debbie Croley says:

    Beautiful word, Jenn. Loved how you depict the provoking though….this truly was a revelation from the Lord!! Thank you for sharing from your heart!! Sometimes being stable takes on a whole other meaning..loved it!!! Blessings Deb