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Preparing for Christmas -- Part 3, November

Preparing for Christmas -- Part 3, November

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Well, I finished part 3. I'm afraid I didn't succeed in making it short, though!

Well, I finished part 3. I'm afraid I didn't succeed in making it short, though!

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Preparing for Christmas – Part 3, November

November 2

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I voted yesterday, and I've got nothing more to say about that. I COULD say more, but I choose not to. I'm going to try really hard to keep my November essay short. Because, of course, I have to focus

my attention on finishing my Christmas card poem and on getting a drawing done for my older daughter and I have to do a bit of shopping – you know – ACTUAL Christmas preparation. These essays are taking too much time. Soooo . . . I'm trying really hard for shortness! Wish me luck . . . November 12
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Good morning! I'm having a day off for Veteran's Day. It's so quiet here. I made myself a long to-do list for the long weekend. I've already done quite a lot of it. “Work on poem 2 hours” – I put that on my list as a chore. I haven't looked at my Christmas poem since October 6 . It is now too late for “early” Christmas preparation. The stores are already decorated and pushing the Christmas merchandise, with the season now beginning the day after Halloween. I got the Operation Christmas Child boxes ready. This is the week to get them turned in so they can be processed and shipped off to needy children around the world. I dumped ALL my change in the change jar at church. My wallet feels to light and empty now. This month the change jar money goes to the victims of super storm Sandy. I don't have tons of money, of course, but I'm better off than I was last year. I am happy to be able to give. Last year I looked at my budget and realized there was no money for Christmas at all! I remember thinking – well, that's that, then; God will just have to provide. Then a couple of weeks later I won a raffle – $500. Is that
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awesome or what?! This year there is a bit more money in the budget for Christmas. I will buy or make some things for my family, but they really don't need much. We are so very, very blessed! I wanted to dedicate this whole morning to prayer, meditation, and writing. Sometimes I focus so much on the chore list that, after my time off, I go back to work feeling exhausted and stressed out. This cold and quiet morning, though, I am seeking peace. I read from my devotional book. And, as I have written about before, the days when I need to hear from God so very desperately, the particular reading for the day ends up being so totally relevant, it's like it was written just for me – a personal message straight from God. The Bible passage for today was a well-known story from Luke. As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

Wow! Is that so totally me or what? “distracted by all the preparations . . .” And from the day's devotional reading, the “thought for the day” was: God loves me even when I'm doing nothing. The “prayer focus” was: For those who feel like they should be constantly working. Wow! Ok, people all over the world who read this very popular devotional book – pray for ME and all the other “Marthas” today!! Thank you! So then I prayed and cried and did a deep breathing exercise. Sometimes in my mental health groups at work I teach relaxation exercises and I feel sooo great practicing the exercises during the group. But on my own, it is so hard for me to even get relaxed enough to breathe! But I did it this morning. I have to admit my brain couldn't really quiet itself very much. I need more practice! Some things I needed to pray about came to my mind, so I prayed for President Obama. I didn't really know what to say. So I just prayed scripture, which is always good. November 22
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Thanksgiving. I have been so very, very busy! But now . . . it is quiet. I'm alone at the train station in our town. I had thought the train might be on time this trip. Should have checked one more time with “Julie, Amtrak's automated agent”. Now, I'm on the train and it is moving! This is sooo exciting!! Going

to see my boyfriend in Omaha! I had Thanksgiving dinner earlier today with my parents, my kids, and a few other family members. I am so thankful for my family and for my friends and for trains!! I do totally love train travel! I feel peaceful now after so very, very much rushing around. Wow! Just think – I could be out shopping now, with everybody else, trying to beat the “Black Friday rush”! It gets crazier every year! I'm nearly finished with my Christmas poem. I told my younger daughter that I was concerned that it might be too “dark” for a Christmas card poem and I quoted her the first stanza. And my “Little Black Rosebud”, who generally writes about death and despair herself, said, “yes, it is definitely too dark; you should write that poem, but NOT for your Christmas card.” And she told me it wasn't even accurate. “The winter is NOT 'endless'”, she said. Hmmmm . . . it IS good to see a bit of positivity in her . . . shhhhh . . . don't tell her! And anyway, guess what else – I tried doing the drawing I was nervous about doing for my older daughter and it turned out really good, I think! December 1
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December 1 ?? Uh oh, now what? I had a bunch more I wanted to include in my November essay, but now it is too late. And THAT is a

very GOOD thing, because I don't have time to write a bunch more! So just a quick update: As of November 30 , I finished two drawings for my older daughter and I finished my Christmas card poem and printed off 9 copies so far and I have even done a little bit of wrapping! I'm hoping to get a lot done this weekend, but you won't get to hear about that until “Part 4, December”. Happy December!! Many Blessings!! RoseDQ (Brenda C.) November (Ok, actually, December) 2012
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