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Slow Down, Rest, Breathe!

21 Dec

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing — JUST STOP!

Take a moment, and then another, and CHOOSE to be in the moment.

Instead of playing the roles of baker, shopper, cleaner, decorator, gift-wrapper, toy assembler, mother, father, and whatever other….  you get the message -

JUST STOP!

Don’t even slow down, but actually sit down, prop your feet, and relax in His presence.

Now, doesn’t that feel better?

Rest behind the sidelines and remember why and what you are doing.  Be cautious not to get so caught up in the season that you miss the message and the people in it.  Otherwise, Christmas will come and go, and you and I will be wondering what all the hustle and bustle was about.

Jesus is about simplicity, never anxiety.  Consider our ancestors who celebrated Christmas with family, friends, and of course, God‘s word.  The real gift was and still is Jesus, and the presents were a reminder of His message.

According to MyHeritage list, these were the most commonly requested presents in America in 1913:

  1. Candy
  2. Nuts
  3. Rocking horse
  4. Doll
  5. Mittens/gloves
  6. Toy train
  7. Oranges
  8. Books
  9. Handkerchiefs
  10. Skates

Yes, times have changed, and in place of books, our children want Nooks–

but the Nativity story will forever remain the same!  (Insert Allelujah here!!)

Dear friend, I pray that we will make this a memorable Christmas, one of the greatest Christmas parties that we have ever hosted.  Most importantly, may we remember our parties’ purpose and not forget to invite our most beloved guest — JESUS!

Blessings!  Michelle

“And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.” –Luke 1:14

 
4 Comments

Posted by on December 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Slow Down, Rest, Breathe!

  1. Shannon J

    December 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Thanks Michelle! Merry Christmas!

     
  2. Michelle Marullo

    December 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Merry Christmas, Shannon! 2014 is your best year yet, my friend! MM

     
  3. Amy Bernard

    December 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    What a blessing we have in simply resting in His presence. What a present for His people. Thanks for reminding us. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Love, Amy(Shelby’s mom)

     
    • Michelle Marullo

      December 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Amy– Thank you for your encouraging comment! I pray that you will have a memorable, beautiful Christmas! Blessings, my friend! Michelle

       

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