Saturday, December 24, 2011
I've tried to visit lots of Spark buddies' pages to leave goodies and greetings but I may not make it around to everyone before the holiday. So, let me wish a very Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! And much joy to all those who are anticipating a happy new year during this holiday season.
"Let every heart prepare him room..." is one of my favorite lines of one of my favorite carols. How do you do that?
I've been teaching English to a young Japanese woman this past week and we were discussing how holidays are celebrated in her country. She talked about the tradition of cleaning house before the New Year, as a symbol of making a fresh start.
I know that I have some baggage lying around that I don't want to take with me into the new year. And I'm not just referring to physical clutter. I want to make room for more of the joy of the Lord - the joy He wants to bring to my heart. Time to get rid of any fears, worries, hurts, and "stinkin' thinkin'" and let the Lord renew my mind.
What better time than the days between the holidays!? I'm glad that I have a light schedule at the language school in the week ahead so I can spend some time doing both kinds of housecleaning!
The past couple of weeks have been very busy and I haven't been on Spark much. Lots of reasons - or excuses? - including a bum knee (caused, I think, by my new insoles that are supposed to help with my foot pain?!) My motivation has been low and I've eaten too many sweets. Gained a kilo! Ugh - Not waiting till the new year to put an end to that trend! On the plus side, all the busy-ness has included extra teaching hours that have helped with finances. With tuition for my exams coming up, this is a GOOD thing.
I'm going to church this afternoon at 4PM, then will have Christmas Eve dinner with friends. (Today is the day that's celebrated here in Germany.) Tomorrow I'll be relaxing at home and starting that housecleaning process, as well as making calls to family and friends in the States. En -JOY- ing the day of Jesus' birth!!