I won’t be putting on the magazine Christmas this year.
It just ain’t gunna’ happen.
But, I plan on enjoying the family,
eating a few sweets that will for sure give me a tummy ache,
sipping a LOT of coffee,
and enjoying my
very, very, very full house.
We’ll be blessed with a lot of family celebrating with us.
One of my main objectives when decorating
is to create atmosphere.
What better way than to use lights?
These vintage bells were an after-Christmas find this year
and look great along the top of my buffet.
I was thrilled to discover they blink,
right, left, together, right, left, together, right, left, together.
Do you sit and stare like a cat at lights sometimes?
Yea, me, too.
In a corner vintage candleabra and plastic greenery.
Ya’ know the plastic is so tacky, it’s cute.
Kinda’ like my elves.
It’s washable, not fragile, and can be squished in a box.
I know you’re all gunna’ be looking for ugly plastic garland
at the thrift stores tomorrow.
At night, it lights up the corner of the dining room.
Remember my decorating has to be fast and furious this year?
Lights set the atmosphere quickly and beauifully.
A bubble-light night light makes even the hallway festive.
Another vintage find last year, a star for the top of the tree.
Y’all think you know where I’m going with the lights.
Yea, yer’ right.
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the
light of the world.
He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of life.”
But, instead of just saying to yerself,
“ya’, real original anaology, Momma Mindy,”
I want you to meditate on this for a moment.
Meditate comes from the same root as ruminate.
Ruminate is to chew the cud, like a cow.
If you think about a cow
you’d agree that we really don’t
meditate on the Scriptures.
We’re too busy.
We’re too preoccupied.
Two or three chews, gulp it down, and we’re done.
We wouldn’t make very good cows, would we?
So as you chew on this thought,
of Jesus being the light of the world,
think more personally.
How can He be the light of your world?
When/why do you need light?
~when you’re afraid
~ to see where you’re going
~ to work
~ to read
~to guide someone through the dark
~to look for something that’s lost
These are a few of the many instances during the day when you need to
turn on a lamp, use a flashlight, or turn the lights on your car.
These are almost the same instances when you need the
light of Jesus.
Make turning to Him,
through His Word and prayer,
as natural as it is to flip a light switch.
Remember that atmosphere we were talkin’ about earlier?
That’s what we want all year ’round.
A home filled with