I wasn’t going to do a post.
Because…well, the why doesn’t matter.
I’m hearing great feedback from people who are using Welcome Baby Jesus for their families at Advent. I’m so glad!
And that leads, naturally, to the question that seems to be first on everyone’s list for me: How is MY Advent going?
Did I mention that I almost didn’t do a post?
Advent’s not going bad, mind you, it’s just…well, I’m glad to hear about how Welcome Baby Jesus is helpful and useful and inspiring for other families. I am unmotivated and uninspired this year. December is stacked with gift-giving and all the responsibilities that has behind it. Then there’s the ongoing discussion of when we decorate, whether I am faking this bah-humbug thing, and what else needs done.
All of this has led me to reflect, this first week of Advent, on the fact that feelings are not reality. How I feel, the reality inside my head, doesn’t matter.
It’s especially humbling to know that a book I wrote is leading people closer to Christ and helping them prepare for Christmas when I’m struggling in what feels like a special way.
Being an instrument of the Holy Spirit isn’t what I thought it would be, in other words.
I should have known there wouldn’t be trumpets blaring and fireworks exploding…there usually aren’t for me.
All the same, I’m humbled. Again and again.
In other news, I wrote about a great app (it’s free!), about a wonderful novel that you have a chance to win in Kindle version, and about holiday hangover as it relates to blogging. Phew. Now, to go try to wrestle some stuff done before the coffee runs out…
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I bought your book. I really like it. We aren’t using it this year just because all my kids are so young, but I think it will be very beneficial as they get older. (To put things in perspective, this is the first year we are actually using our Advent Calendar as an Advent Calendar instead of a toy.)
That said, not every Advent can feel like a Hallmark card. No holiday or season does. They are always different. You know what feeling unmotivated or uninspired makes you? Human! Some Holy days and seasons and holidays seem to just come on the wings of the Holy Spirit with a melody carrying it right to your arms. Others seem to surprise you on your door step like a gift the cat left for you. It happens. And, you never know…. you still have over 3 weeks for the melody to begin. 🙂 Praying it does soon. God Bless †
Thanks for the encouragement, Katherine, and for sharing your wisdom. Sometimes knowing with your head is…well, dry. And on we go anyway! 🙂
Right there with you this week Sarah. Traveling last week for Thanksgiving really messed with me. And I’m struggling to find ‘routine’ with this new baby, particularly in the morning. We don’t have anything “prepared” especially decorations out of the attic or clean the house or even a “plan” for it. I did read your book for yesterday – but didnt’ have time this morning. You are in my prayers – hope today gets better, motivation abounds, whatever it is you truly need in your life right now.
You are in my prayers, too, Shelly! Big hugs to you and babykins!