Look Up & Adore

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T-minus eight days until Christmas–can you feel it?

This morning, I was scurrying around online trying to get all of my shopping done.  No matter how hard I try, there are always those few gifts that creep up on you.

And in this season, especially, when it seems there are never enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be done, it’s hard to simply sit and rest in God.

The-Greatest-Gift-by-Ann-VoskampOne recent gift I’ve given myself is Ann Voskamp’s Christmas devotional, “The Greatest Gift.”  It has a short devotional for each day leading up to Christmas.  In typical Elizabeth fashion, I only just ordered it–my dilemma now is whether or not to double up so I can finish by Christmas, or slowly enjoy each day and let the words sink in.  Right now, according to my book, it’s December 4th…

But regardless of the actual day I’m reading it, I can’t tell you how much I’ve been enjoying it.  She creates such a quiet space to sit and be reminded of who God is, just how much He loves me, and what the Christmas season is really about.

Even though I’m just starting out, my pen is marking up this little book with line after line of beautiful words drawing my heart closer to God.

One recent favorite:

“The answer to deep anxiety is the deep adoration of God.”
Simple and doable (my favorite kind of challenge).

It reminded me of my friend, Sara at Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, who’s deeply committed to the active adoration of God and has gone out of her way to lead others in daily adoration of God.  (Get her December adoration guide here.)

What better time to practice adoring our God than Christmas?

He is SO worthy of our heart, our praise, and our adoration.

When we resolve to take up the practice of actively adoring and worshipping our God for who He is, our eyes are taken off of ourselves, our fears, and anxieties and raised up to look up at One.

The One who’s love for us is all consuming.

The One for us who came down in the form of a helpless baby to rescue us.

The One who sees all of our failings, and loves us in spite of it all.

The One who is more than worthy of our devotion.

Sunday night, at our Lessons & Carols service, my eyes filled with tears as we sang together, “O Come All Ye Faithful” because in that moment, just for a minute, my heart was in the place where it needed to be–not focused on everything I feel like I must finish and prepare, but focused on One and I was reminded just how worthy He is of my heart and my affection. 

T-minus 8 days to go…it’s time take our eyes off our what’s in front of us and look up to One.  The One who is beyond worthy.

“O Come, Let Us Adore Him…”

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14

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