Christmas

Christmas

As we are drawing nearer to the Christmas holiday, I finding myself strangely calm and quiet, yes, introspective! I am increasingly pulling back in my thoughts. I am less able to focus on creativity, home decor and twinkling lights — and inspiration is not springing forth to my blog. While I love all the festive homes, ideas and stories of holiday traditions, I’ve enjoyed each one so much, this week I find myself more in a contemplative mood. The story of Christ’s birth plays through my head and I am in awe of the miracle that took place and all the circumstances surrounding that event. I think about Mary and what she must’ve been feeling, giving birth that night. It is mentioned in the book of Luke that while so many things were happening to Mary, she “quietly treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” I love that. The thought of “quietly treasuring things” in our hearts.

I think of the song, Mary Did You Know, and I imagine some of the things she was thinking about. I am sure she was weighing the magnitude of her circumstance, the blessing and responsibility God himself had bestowed on her. She was treasuring in her heart what was taking place and pondering what was yet to come. As a mom myself, who has cradled an infant son in her arms, I feel a wave of emotion rush over me as I think about her thoughts that night.

Mary Did You Know written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?

Did you know,
that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered,
will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know
your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?

Did you know,
that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby,
you’ve kissed the face of God.

The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?

Did you know,
that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding, is the great I AM.

Every time I hear that song or think of the Christmas story, I imagine Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms, stroking his head, kissing his cheeks, holding him close, and treasuring it all in her heart. Such a simple picture but one that really touches me. A tiny baby, born in a humble stable, and an event that changed the world. I need nothing more than to slow down and treasure these things in my heart. I am content to do just that.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Counting Your Blessings

Counting Your Blessings

 

I really wanted to share about this book and its author during Creative Inspiration Week, but long story short it didn’t happen. While I didn’t get it posted that week, the good news is that now I can give it the special attention it deserves.

While many of the women I featured during Creative Inspiration Week have written books and are sought after by magazines on a regular basis, I think we can also be inspired by women who are more or less just starting out on their journey of influence. We don’t all have publishers or connections to magazine editors, but it is the most determined among us that will succeed in whatever we set our minds to. For some bloggers and aspiring authors, writing a book is something they dream about. Polly, from the blog Counting Your Blessings, shared with me a little bit about her first book and how she took it from a dream to reality:

I suppose I’m not unlike many bloggers in that I’ve always hoped to write a real book someday. And, like many others, the blog slipped into my life at just the right time and has been wonderfully fulfilling. Yet I’ve always been kind of nutty about books, magazines, photo albums… I love them! So when I found a way to put together a few words and few pictures, and actually see it all in a bound form, I couldn’t wait to try it out. And that’s what Vintage Christmas is – my first try. Truly, just my own photos and a few of my own comments – nothing deep or complex. Because I was self-publishing I didn’t have to worry about what everyone else was going to think. I just put it out of my mind and told myself that if it’s garbage in the end, nobody will have seen it but me. It wasn’t really about whether it’s popular or not. For me, it was about trying. It was time to step away from my fears and give it a go. Now that I’ve waded into these waters, I’m excited to go a little deeper and start working on that “real” book!

Counting Your Blessings

I am proud of her for taking this step and I really wanted to share it with all of you. I really encourage you to stop by and visit Polly’s blog. You can find out about her Vintage Christmas book and start reading a bit of her life story in her recent postings on her blog, which I am sure will make a fascinating book one day!

I am turning off the comments on this post to honor Polly, who currently has her comments turned off on her blog as well! She is a humble person and wants to share from her heart. I love the idea of occasional silent posts, although I think I only managed ONE in spite of my intentions! In an effort to make Polly feel at ease about being featured, I decided to turn off comments on this post. I debated on this because I really wanted to be of encouragement to her and I KNOW you are the best encouragers EVER. But, because I want to be sensitive to her desire to have no comments on her own blog right now, I decided to follow that through for this. But I would love it if you would visit her blog and get to know her! You can however encourage her via email (info on her blog) if you want to contact her personally.

Congratulations, Polly, on your first book! Thanks for sharing about your journey!

photos are copyright of Polly at Counting Your Blessings

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