Life has been busy lately, too busy quite honestly. I’m not sure what I was thinking with Christmas and traveling to India so close together. I am however confident that God will, and has been giving me the energy and peace in the midst of some stress. I need it to get through this chaotic time.
So I just thought I’d do a random little post on some things I’ve been thinking lately.
I am an emotional person, I am wired that way. As I’ve said before, I tend to absorb the emotions of others around me. This morning I went from being overly excited for someone to being heartbroken for another friend, and I was reminded of Romans 12:15 that says to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, and I wondered if that’s what it means when it says to bear each others burdens.
Christmas cards. I made some. They took way more time, than I should have spent on them, and I’d love to have some pictures here to show you of what they turned out like, but I doubt that I’m going to have the extra time to do that, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, if you didn’t happen to get one – they were stinkin cute.
My dad and step-mom are getting in town on Saturday, and I’m excited about it. I’m hoping that their arrival will mark the beginning of a little more peace, and a less crazy schedule at least for a few days, where I can actually enjoy the time of year we are in.
India, I have not had the chance to put the thought and effort into all of my preparations that I need to. Please be in prayer for me on this. I need to prepare spiritually, I need to prepare practically.
So that’s that. Hopefully I’ll get one or two more posts in before I leave for India (in 19 days!), but even if I don’t, I will most definitely have set up daily prayer reminders for while I’m gone, or will have someone post them for me. I’m considering taking my computer with me, and making an effort to update the blog from India, but I haven’t really had a chance to look into the logistics of doing that – power, internet access, safety of my computer when it’s not on my person, so we’ll see.
*oh, 1 more thing – if you haven’t heard the new Christmas song “Winter Snow” that’s on the new Chris Tomlin Christmas album, you need to. It’s actually a female singing it. I have listened to it a lot lately (in the car on repeat) because it has been a great reminder of God’s gentleness, his peace, the freedom he brings by not pushing his way into our lives forcefully, and that has been a much needed contrast to the craziness of my life of late. Here are some of the lyrics:
You could have swept in like a tidal wave
Or an ocean to ravish our hearts
You could have come through like a roaring flood
To wipe away the things we’ve scarred
But you came like a winter snow
You were quiet, You were soft, and slow
Falling from the sky, in the night
To the earth below
Oh, Your voice wasn’t in a bush burning
No, Your voice wasn’t in a rushing wind
It was still it was small it was hidden
You came like a winter snow…