Yes, I am still here.
It has been hectic since I got home from Texas and then Minnesota. I managed to have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the help of my children and then my daughter Jody came the following week and we did the vintage flea market. This week I have been putting up decorations around the house and trying to get my Christmas etsy shop open.
It turned out to be a good show even though attendance seemed to be down.
I had been so busy with trying to make Christmas items for the show and etsy that my house has been neglected.
So this week I have been frantically trying to get some shopping done and getting the tree trimmed and decorating the outside of the house while it was fairly warm and...
and then I stopped.
I was stressing myself out doing the things I normally love to do and what normally brings me peace. I was putting a time limit on myself and a lot of should(S). I should have had the decorating done, I should start baking, I should...
"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha, "the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her".
STOP and choose what is better.
This time of year we are all "Martha's", we put so much on our to do list that we have neglected to choose what is better.
The dinners will be consumed, the presents will be opened and the tree will end up on the curb... it will all be taken away but what you put in your heart will stay. Taking a moment each day to sit at the feet of Jesus will restore your spirit and give you the love that is needed for those family get together's and those pushy shoppers.
It will sustain you throughout the year.
Putting God first is all we are called to do.
It is the "one thing" in life.
So simple yet so hard sometimes. We are simply to love Him, it only takes a moment in the day to sit and talk to God...
a simple I love you is what He longs to hear from you.
Jesus said, the highest calling in your life is to "Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind". Matt. 22:37
And in the midst of this busy season take time for what you love also, whether that be a walk in fresh fallen snow or a cup of your favorite eggnog... take time for yourself. It will give you the strength for others.
I will go follow my own advice now and play in the studio...
speaking of studio, this is what I have been working on.
please take a look. Sales there are helping to buy Christmas presents for children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Thank you so much.