Tuesday, January 10, 2012

after this we can move onto the new year pt.1

I had a hard time getting in the Christmasy spirit this year. I know it doesn't help that with Christmas comes my most dreaded season of cold and snow ;)  but i know i was also struggling with how to make Christmas really count. I wanted to instill gratefulness and meaning into my kids' hearts and view of this holiday. I want them to realize how much they have, how much Jesus gave for them and how much of blessing it is to love others...
i love what Jami from "Hello from the Natos" wrote on this topic

Anyway, i don't feel like i figured anything out this year...but i know it was good to think about and more than anything i realized that as great as it is to live circumspectly at christmas time it is just as important if not more important to do so throughout the year. Listen to this great quote some friends of ours put on their Christmas card:

"Christmas, my child, is love in action...The greatest gift God ever gave was HIS Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like! Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas." D.E. Rogers

Here's to loving more, giving more, and being more intentional all year!
part 2 of our family christmas comes tomorrow and then we can happily move onto the new year! Thanks for sticking with me.


Katie said...

So much truth to this. I actually just started up a study group with a couple gals and our focus is being intentional with our attitudes and our day which has lead to replacing our damaged truth (about ourselves, God, others) with God's perfect truth. It's been a wonderful and fascinating journey so far.

Gaspord Adventures said...

Great post, Meagan - I so agree! And lovely pics too. :)

Loving Lola said...

Yes, so true what you say. I love that quote. Let’s do Christmas all year by being giving and selfless just a bit more. I totally feel ya on instilling those things into the children ... I have been rolling those same thoughts through my mind. Now we have a whole year ahead of us to prepare their little hearts to GIVE and understand the Lord gift to us! Super encouraging - thanks! And happy new year!!

Jennifer Lavin said...

I like your quote about Christmas being love in action.
Sweet pictures, Meagan!!

Robert and Courtney said...

Great quote. I'd love for you to think of clever way to display that during the holidays. It's so simple and true.