Sunday, December 18, 2005

keep it simple

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keeping it simple at this time of year is a major feat! the advertisements say: if you love - then you will BUY ... or if you love - then you will go crazy with decorating, cooking and entertaining ....

i like this little thought from Charles Swindoll: " How quickly the thin thread of freedom snaps as heavy weights of perfectionistic expectations are placed upon us! Christ Jesus never did that with His own. When people were near Him there was this incredible magnetism because of an absence of unrealistic expectations and subtle demands and manipulative devices. He simply accepted people as they were."

hmmm, sounds like some pretty sound advice at this time of year ... or any time of year for that matter!

remember to take time to enjoy the Season and also the Reason ... i'll try to do the same!

"... learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. .." Jesus in Matthew 11:29

9 comments:

Maggie Ann said...

Simplicity...what a gem of truth!

Tim said...

After years of trying we have finally managed to make Christmas a peaceful, spiritual and family centred event. Now we actually look forward to it. Merry Christmas Saija!

Andrea said...

Merry Christmas Saija! I was surprised to see that you are moving. That has to add to the struggle of having a 'simple' Christmas!! But blessings to you and may His promises fill your heart this season.

Saija said...

maggie ann ... you know, i think possessions can complicate things too! i'm thinking of packing and why in the world do we have all this STUFF!

tim ... merry Christmas to you too ... i'm glad that you guys know the Christmas peaace ...

andrea ... i was surprised that we are moving too! ... possession date is Feb. 15th and so far we don't have a place to move too ... but? i'm sure the Lord has something wonderful for us! :) blessings to you too!

Shelley said...

Keeping it simple...can be hard to do sometimes...but if one works at it, one can accomplish it. Sorry, am still in term paper writing mode lol.

Saija said...

shelley ... this year it has been easy for me to keep it simple since my mind is wrapped around selling our house and now looking for a new place! :o) ... new experiences to blog about ... eventually! hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Dawn said...

Merry Christmas Saija & Leo! Keep looking to the Prince of Peace and ignore the clamour of the world. This is what I am striving towards.

Andrea said...

I tagged you Saija with a Christmas meme. Go ahead and disregard if you'd rather but I'd love to see your answers. Blessings!

Saija said...

dawn ... amen & Merry Christmas to you too!

andrea ... i will go take a look tonight ... :o) ... since we have dial-up my time has been shorter online with the phonecalls & expected calls ... sweet of you to remember me! blessings backatcha!