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Ready for Christmas?

Thank you to those who left notes of real encouragement for me yesterday. Truly, God promises to meet our every need…but one day at a time. I am encouraged today – and especially looking forward to the little Christmas party I have each year with my little ones at church! How sweet they are..

I came across this poem while reading some on-line devotions (this one from Girlfriends in God) this morning. I hear so many people talk about wanting to “simplify” this Christmas (although I don’t see a lot of evidence toward to that) but it really comes down to priorities…where is our focus this holiday?

“Ready for Christmas,” she said with a sigh
As she gave a last touch to the gifts piled high…
Then wearily sat for a moment and read
Til soon, very soon, she was nodding her head.
Then quietly spoke a voice in her dream,
“Ready for Christmas, what do you mean?”
She woke with a start and a cry of despair.
“There’s so little time and I’ve still to prepare.
Oh, Father! Forgive me, I see what You mean!
Yes, more than the giving of gifts and a tree.
It’s the heart swept clean that He wanted to see,
A heart that is free from bitterness and sin.
So be ready for Christmas – and ready for Him.

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