Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas

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Have you ever had a weekend that made you look forward to Monday?

I have been looking forward to this day since Friday morning.  Don’t get me wrong.  Friday- Sunday was filled with wonderful things.

On Friday mornings, I always visit my bestest friend.  If I don’t make time to drop in on her, it’s a guarantee we won’t see each other for months.  Our schedules are Crazy (with a capital C)!  In order to make time to see her, I put everything else off until the afternoon- homeschool, housework, college work, even my beloved blog.  It’s totally worth it.  We need sanity time.  Plus, our children get to visit, which is especially nice when our homeschool co-op is off for winter break.

This Saturday, I also did something equally awesome!  I took some college students to my favorite thrift stores.  I showed them all the best places to get the best deals.  I spent $1 the whole trip and got 4 shirts- 2 for me and 2 for Briana.  And, BONUS!  One of the college students gave me the sweetest gift for taking them out to the thrift stores.  She is from Brazil, and she gave me a bag of real Brazilian coffee!  My husband was thrilled!  He is the real coffee lover in our house, and he was almost out.  As it is close to the holidays, he was trying to stretch this coffee to save a few pennies.  The coffee was an answer to prayer!  Isn’t it great when the Lord reaches down and gives you the little things you desire?

Sunday was church- two services, serving in the nursery, and a sick child at home waiting for me.

Did I even mention all of the cooking I did?

On a tight budget, you can’t just eat out.  So, pretty much everything we ate this weekend was made from scratch.  We had homemade turkey and rice soup on Friday night.  Saturday, I made turkey pot pies.  Check these slices out! SO delicious!

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After that, Briana made cinnamon gingerbread pretzels from scratch.  I helped her roll them, but she made the dough herself.  I have to say I was pretty impressed.  Yeast dough can be challenging, but she made it perfectly elastic.  They turned out amazing.

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Sunday morning, I was up at 7 AM, throwing some curry in the crockpot and making an apple pie and a pumpkin pie before church.  I wish I had a picture of those, but I was scrambling to get everything done and cleaned up before I had to be out the door for service.  They were beautiful.  Rick said the pie was the best he had ever eaten and asked me to make another one today.  I might just do that for him.

Did I mention my husband was off this weekend?  That never happens.  It was a miracle straight from Jesus.  He works at a store where there are always low prices, and he NEVER gets a weekend off, much less a weekend in December.

My soul, ladies, this weekend was full of wonderful things ,but I am ready for a break!

So, I was talking to Rick this morning before he ran off to work about how happy I was that today was Monday, and he told me that I need to slow down a bit and take time to enjoy Christmas.

BOOM!

I realized I was doing it again.

I was being Martha.

Have I ever told you my mother’s name is Martha?  I can truly say I am Martha’s daughter.

If you aren’t familiar with what I am talking about, here is Martha’s story.

Luke 10:38-42

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Yep.  That’s me.  Always serving.  Forgetting that the most important this is to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.  I mean, how often was Jesus in Martha’s house?  It was a special time, and she would not have benefited from the wonderful gift of His presence had He not gently told her that she was focused on the wrong things.  I had not gotten to the point of difficulty yet, but my husband could see that I need to slow down and get my eyes on the real prize.

Let me turn this on you, ladies.  Is your plate full of activities?  Are you starting to feel the pinch?

Just stop.

It’s the 14th.  There are 11 days until Christmas.  Commit yourself now to letting go of all the work for a solid hour each day, and just focus on Him.  Focus on the celebration and what it means.  Talk to your children about it.  Read a book about it, and start with the Bible.  Talk to your friends about it.  Enjoy it!

Do you know that, if you live to be 70, you will have lived about 25,550 days.  Only 70 of those are Christmases.  Each one is special- set aside to remember the miracle that God came to Earth as a child to make a way for us to go to Heaven.

Don’t waste a single Christmas with busy-ness.

Buy gift bags.  Decorate less.  Don’t go to every party.  Leave the dishes in the sink.  Take a few days off of homeschool.  You don’t have to visit every family member in existence.  Don’t plan your Christmas day down to the last minute.  Don’t bake 50 batches of cookies for every family in your church.  Choose, instead, the good part, which won’t be taken away.  Choose to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.

Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Feeling like you ca’t let go of those task?  Need some encouragement?  Last week I wrote a post called “Encouragement for Overwhelmed Moms” that may be just what you need to be encouraged and gather the strength you need to be able to put the stresses aside.

As for me.  I am thinking about spending the next 11 days reading about the birth of Christ.  If you want to follow me on Facebook, I will try to keep you all updated on my daily readings.  Maybe we can talk about them, and you can share your thoughts.  I would love to hear from you.

My friends, this year, let’s have ourselves a Mary little Christmas.  Believe me, Martha will find her way back soon enough.

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6 thoughts on “Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas

  • December 15, 2015 at 1:41 am
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    Aww, Amanda! It is nice to see that being a Martha has its place, but being a Mary is what enables us to keep on serving like Martha! Have a blessed and “Mary” Christmas.

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  • December 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    I was just talking about this yesterday. I tend to be a Martha too. It is sooo easy when the kids are home all day and the chores never end to just stay busy. We cut our homeschooling down to just the basics in December so we can try and focus on this special season more. I hope you are able to relax a bit and enjoy Christmas. 🙂

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    • December 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm
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      Catherine, I SHOULD consider cutting back on my homeschool during the winter, but I always use it as a time to catch up. I will have to think hard about how I can do that. Thanks for the encouragement. I will try to relax 😉

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  • December 16, 2015 at 6:21 pm
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    I seem to be always working on the Mary/Martha balance. It is so easy to fall into the Martha routine, isn’t it? Let’s pray that we all slow down, enjoy the season, and definitely spend more time doing that good thing that will not be taken from us … sitting at His feet!

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