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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WOYWW: Finding Meaning in the Mess

What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday finds my desk in a state of disarray (so what else is new!) with some gifts waiting for their gift cards...

And in the midst of trying to get at least some of my Christmas list done, I remind myself that in this challenging time, when we are caring for my Mom, Christmas is not really about having my gifts ready on time for December 25 (the Christmas season lasts until Epiphany in January).  It really is all about Jesus who came to save us.

As the Advent reflection from Online Ministries states, "The powerful advantage of Advent is that it offers us light in the midst of darkness, hope in the midst of despair, liberty in the midst of captivity, and peace in the midst of war or conflict. The key to a grace-filled Advent is to begin by identifying where I am experiencing darkness, despair, captivity and war. Recognizing our own unique version of these struggles is the first grace of Advent. We can’t say “Come, Lord Jesus” with any real meaning unless we have a felt experience of what it is we need. Once we experience our need, then the desire can formulate in our heart to ask for what we need."

This Advent and Christmas season is specially meaningful for me because in the midst of my Mom's suffering, I can truly say we need a savior and I am so thankful for Him.  Come, Lord Jesus!

I'm also sharing my prayer journal illustration with Word Art Wednesday.  In spite of the busyness of the season, may we all have a meaningful Advent and Christmas!

13 blog hugs:

Regina Hamilton said...

I always have to remind myself the Christmas is all about Christ. Your painting is stunning.#6

Regina Hamilton said...

I always have to remind myself the Christmas is all about Christ. Your painting is stunning.#6

Regina Hamilton said...

I always have to remind myself the Christmas is all about Christ. Your painting is stunning.#6

MiamiKel said...

Amen! Blessings to the savior that make this holiday what it is :) fun peek at your desk!
Merry Christmas!
Kelly #2

Annie said...

I love your wise words this week. I've had to call it a day with any more Christmas activities now cos it really isn't easy finding a working area here now so what isn't done wont get done now.
Have a great Christmas and a happy, healthy and exciting new year.
Annie x # 36

Scrapcat 1 said...

Hope you Mum is feeling better soon, You are right it isn't about presents it's about Christ. Thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Tracy #41

Neil said...

Good morning
Just popping my head around the door to say hi and wish you a very happy Christmas. May you and yours be blessed this Christmas season and into the new year.
Thanks for sharing your workplace.

Neil #20

Julia Dunnit said...

Caring for our beloved parents is a real focus at this time of year isn't it. I'm glad that you're finding time to paint - expression and prayer in one, I expect it's something you feel a need to do.

Glenda Brooks said...

Well said! Many blessings to you and yours this joyous Christmas Season!
Glenda #50

Elizabeth said...

Hi Peggy, it's good to be reminded that not everything has to be finished by Christmas day. Especially as it's a certainty I won't. And you have plenty to do with looking after your mother too. Seasons greetings to you and yours, Elizabeth x #45

Christine said...

Thank you for your message this week.
Private message coming your way.

Bishopsmate #52

Danie May said...

Such a wonderful post and message this week Peggy and I love how organised for Christmas you are. I have only just started shopping so there are many gifts still to be wrapped. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Danie #37

Jo Ann said...

Another wonderful creation this week, Peggy. Love your work space and no matter how messy it can be as long as you know where your stuff is, then, it's okay...LOL So glad you joined us at Word Art Wednesday this week. A Blessed CHRISTmas to you and leaving you with the Word of God in 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 which tell us, "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." Hugs, always!


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