Keeping it Real through the Holidays From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome to our “Keeping it Real Through the Holidays” series. I’m so glad you could join us. If this is your first time, please check the archives because I believe this is the sixth blog post. Can you believe it? There’s only 9 days until Christmas! I’ve been so busy with my mom that I don’t even have the time to do some of the crazy traditions I used to do, but what I am doing, I’m making sure I’m enjoying it. Grab your coffee and come on in.

So I’ve told you that I found out about these misconceptions before our workshop in November and I also shared with you that I kept hearing these words: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, “ and I had no clue why. The moment it hit me was like lightening bolts going off in my brain, causing me to wonder what the season would look like if we pursued these Godly things as much as we shopped, cooked, baked, and decorated for the season. I’m not saying that these things can’t be God-centered, but this is where the light turned on for me and He gave me these words I’d like to share with you:

The Gifts of the Season

It’s not about the presents under the Christmas tree,

But the presence of love we feel from friends and family

It’s not about the shopping that we feel we must do,

But about the gift that’s already been given freely to me and you

The gift is a gift that money can’t buy.

The birth and death of Christ was for you and I.

It’s not about making a list and checking it twice,

and buying countless gifts for the naughty or the nice.

The reason for this season isn’t about all the debt and stress;

It’s a season to offer simple gifts, such as patience and forgiveness.

Or maybe a gift of time for one whose time is running out,

A meal for a family in need to encourage hope where there is doubt.

Or maybe someone needs a helping hand to accomplish a tedious chore,

And don’t forget your lonely neighbor down the street or right next door.

Oh, if we would take the materialism out of this season,

And in its place remember redemption is our reason.

Yes, these kinds of gifts come freely to and from those walking in His spirit,

For they will outlive materialism though the world doesn’t want to hear it.

Love, joy, peace and patience doesn’t need a reason;

Nor does kindness, gentleness or self-control have to have a season.

May the true gifts of the season be yours today, tomorrow and always,


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