It’s Coming…

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This week, we pause to give thanks, but come Friday, Christmas is in full swing.  I don’t know about you, but I refuse any and all Christmas prep or merriment until Santa Claus comes on his sleigh during the Macy’s Day parade.  After that, it’s game onbring in the tree, music, wreaths, nutcrackers, holly, and mistletoe.  I LOVE Christmas!  

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how I can prepare my heart to usher in the joy and power of  Christmas.  I feel like I write about this every year, but so often, I get carried away and totally miss the point.  In my vain attempts to give the impression that I’m a fabulous holiday decorator, gifter, and baker, I miss Him.

I mentioned this before, but Nina wrote an amazing post about preparing to wait earlier, before things get too hurried.  And so, while technically, according to my very rigid schedule, it’s not time to “do Christmas” quite yet, spiritually, it’s always time.  While we still have a little time, before things get totally out of control, let’s ask God, “How can I experience more of you this season?”

Not because we have to, not because it’s demanded of us, and not because it’s required.  But because there is SO much of God to discover, because Christmas is about God’s fulfilled promises, and because Christmas reminds us that we are so incredibly loved—our sweet God sent us His Son in the form of a precious baby boy to save each one of us.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 
John 1:14
I’m hoping to make Long to Love a peaceful place to come this Christmas to help us all prepare our hearts, but for those of you looking for something you can hold in your hands, my sweet mom is offering up her Advent book once again.  It’s a short, daily devotional for the Advent season.  If you’re interested, send me an email to with your address and she will mail you one, free of charge.  
Thanks, mom!!