Slowing Down at Christmas Time

by Andrea



                               

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My hearts desire for this advent season is very simple…to Slow Down.

We are constantly going.
Constantly moving.
Constantly busy.
Constantly running.

We are slaves to time.
Hurry up.
Walk faster.
Let’s go.
We are going to be late.
Come on.
Quickly.

Why do we rush? What is our hurry?

This life is fleeting as it is.
Every breath we take is one closer to our last and still we rush.

So my desire this season is to slow…
Stop and look.
Enjoy.
Breathe.
Savor the moments, the beauty, the wonder of this Christmas Season.

Before the advent of Jesus, people were longing for the Messiah; The Savior and the promise of God.

They were longing for hope, unknowing that a baby in a manger would bring not only hope to a dead and dying world, but also peace and joy.

This year, as I reflect and anticipate Christmas, I am longing to slow down.

I want to not just plan 25 days of Christmas, but to live in the moments of those 25 days. I want to look into my children as the lights of the trees flicker in their eyes. I want to share in the wonder of the season, the laughs and hopes and thrills of all that we anticipate. I want to hold my husbands hand and heart and look into his eyes and see all that God has done in him and through him this past year and all that God has planned for him in the next.

I long for Jesus to fill our home, not just in the nativity scene that graces the hearth of our home, but to fill every aspect of our lives, in this season and all to come. I desire Him to be in our conversations, at our table, in our prayers, in our hearts and in the depths of our souls.

I want my time this season to reflect not the rush of the holidays, but the simplicity of resting and waiting for Jesus.

To wait on Him, to live in the now, to rest and to find the beauty of this season amidst the crazy of this world: THAT is my greatest desire.

Friends let us come to a full stop this season and wait for the Messiah to show up in the beauty of our holidays and everyday. In His coming, there is hope and peace and joy and so I urge you to slow down, wait and rest.

 

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Andrea Portilla lives in Richmond, Texas and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 11 years. She is a mom and home educator to three amazing kids. Andrea writes at www.beautifulcraziness.com, loves to entertain family and friends in her home and spends whatever time she has left pretending to be crafty. Connect with Andrea at The Beautiful Craziness or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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1 Barbie December 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

So good Andrea. I too want to slow down and savor all of the blessings that life has to offer.

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2 Andrea December 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I have to remind myself daily Barbie! It’s so hard!

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3 Betty December 5, 2014 at 9:16 am

I like the part about slaves to time. Sometimes we do not even realize that, until it is too late. Although time waits for no one. We all can manage our time wisely and that includes myself.

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4 Deb Wolf December 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

It’s so hard to slow down at this time of the year. But He calls us to sit and savor the gift of His presence and peace. Thanks for this wonderful reminder.

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