Wouldn't it be nice if there were twice as many days in December as any other month? Of course those days would need to be BEFORE Christmas! Though I suppose we'd just add in more parties and appointments while procrastinating longer and still face the same lack of time :-)
Lack of time is what I've had the past few weeks. We went to my parents for a long weekend over Thanksgiving then left for a week-long cruise immediately following. We had a lovely time, but I wouldn't recommend planning a vacation between Thanksgiving and Christmas - it just makes you start out even further behind!
I came back with a mountain of to-do's that I "just had to get done" (of course) and immediately turned into a griping, impatient, ungrateful mess. And as most of us do, I held it together fine in public but allowed the monster to roam free in all her glory while around my husband and kids.
Praise God for husbands who are patient and self-controlled; for kids who are quick to forgive and for gentle reminders that steer us back towards repentance (like the devo from Proverbs 31 this week titled, "An Unhurried Holiday".
"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." Luke 2:16 (NIV)
I like the idea of hurrying to Jesus....
At least it sounds more peaceful. More satisfying. More filling than the normal Christmas hurry.
Praying we all take the time to hurry to the Lord. Savor His Word. His Presence. His Grace. Leaving with a clearer understanding of where He desires our focus to be today and what He needs us to do.
Remembering what matters...and what doesn't. And keeping it all in perspective - His perspective, that is.