I was out to lunch with some folks earlier in the week and one of my companions asked me if the Christmas season was getting busy yet.
I don’t know about you but in years past it has been very easy for me to lose the Flower of Christmas, the Rose of Sharon, among the vines of my Christmas to do list. Who am I kidding, with my schedule I can easily misplace Jesus during any month of the year in the thorny pages of my agenda. But throughout the Christmas holiday it is especially easy to miss prayer or relationship with my King simply because I am doing “so much for Him.”
This year I have determined not to reach December 25th full of Christmas spirit but devoid of the Christ child. I have determined not to let ministry and mistletoeish mayhem weary me to the point of missing the point. Oh I’ll still be busy caroling and ministering and wrapping and of course feasting but this year I am determined to slow it down and make sure I intentionally focus on the Reason for the Season. For me intentionally planning Jesus time is going to be part of making it to Christmas Christ-like.
Let me ask you, what do you have to do to get back to the heart of Christmas? Or are you already there?
Autumn Glow On House. by JE Lillie
Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.
— Elizabeth Lawrence
Walking By Leaf Light by JE Lillie
I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Road To the Future by JE Lillie
October is a symphony of permanence and change.
— Bonaro W. Overstreet
Broken Sun Rising by JE Lillie
Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
— Stanley Horowitz
“I know that man is capable of great deeds. But if he isn’t capable of great emotion, well, he leaves me cold.”
― Albert Camus
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.- Albert Einstein
Golden Glow by JE Lillie
“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple…”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Land Of Broken Trees by JE Lillie
“I loved autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it.”
― Lee Maynard
Land Of Broken Ice by JE Lillie
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”
― Chad Sugg
Broken Fire 2 by JE Lillie
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant
Days Of Fire by JE Lillie
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns” George Elliot
Yellow Days by JE Lillie
“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace/ As I have seen in one autumnal face” John Donne
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Broken Fire by JE Lillie
“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” Andrea Gibson
I am new to the weekly photo challenge. This week’s theme “Happy” seemed like a perfect place to start. Here are some things that make me happy:
New England Fall Scapes
My own backyard
…or pt. 17 depending on where you’re counting from! Here are this week’s questions and answers.
- At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? I have been spending much time in prayer recently. I feel most alive when my spirit is connecting with God. We have had some powerful altar times at church and in worship I have felt an increase of His glory. I believe God is about to do something big!
- What individual item of food would you not eat, even if it was served to you at the Queen/President’s dinner table? (Something ordinary.) There is nothing that I would not eat at such an event. I like most everything and honestly I’d probably be too star struck to taste anyway.
- If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick? Wisdom most definitely. Proverbs says wisdom is greater than rubies. Once obtained wisdom is under the control of the one who possesses it. Not so Luck, she will always be a capricious mistress.
- What was the last time you went to a new place? I just got back from Maine and I had an opportunity to visit Port Clyde. You may remember the lighthouse from the running scenes in Forrest Gump.
Here we are in week three for me (week 16 for some others) of sharing my world. This week’s questions are great!
- If you had a choice, which would be your preference: salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, hot tub, or desert? My definite favorite is salt water beaches. Not because I like salty water but because there is something powerful about the ocean. I love to watch the waves from under a beach umbrella! 🙂
- What book do you think everyone should read and why? Wow this is a long list but way up at the top far above all others is the Bible because it is the true revelation of God and His plan for redemption and the single authoritative rule for faith and conduct!
- What’s your favorite way to wake up and what’s the first thing you do? I like to wake up slowly. I love to push snooze for at least a half hour. Then I walk the dogs and pray and read the most important book which everyone should read (see question number 2 if you skipped it as soon as you saw the “B” word)
- What do you do to relax? I read a lot, I pray, I go to the movies, and I absolutely love getting my fingers into the earth and planting!
Here are this week’s photo offerings. French Rose
Black Locust Flowers
Ahh! Yes I am looking forward to my yard this summer!
So this is my second week sharing my world with Cee Cee and all her readers. Here are this week’s questions:
- If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Such a hard question! There are so many places I would love to live. Left with one choice though I think I would choose the lakes region of England. Something about it evokes the writer in me.
- If your were car or truck what make, model, year and color would you be? I think I would be Subaru because they just keep going and that’s my goal to keep constant! Color don’t really matter just not white and I think pink is out. As to year that doesn’t really matter when you have eternal life! 🙂
- What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Oh my list is long but right up there at the top is to successfully publish.
- Where do you eat breakfast? I eat at home or in the car on the way to work, usually coffee and peanut butter toast. My van is for that reason a constant mess.
Here are this week’s picture offerings: