A Christmas Peek

Taking peeks — or at least teasing about it — is one of the delicious childlike aspects of the holiday season, isn’t it? I may not be able to help you get a peek at one of your gifts, but I can give you another Christmas peek. A peek into my Christmas journal.

Last year I shared an entry from 2005 about a Christmas first for us, and today I’d like to share another entry from that year — the very first one, in fact, of the 05 Christmas season. Since it was still in the early years of not having either of my girls living at home anymore, sometimes I struggled with the empty nest, especially during the holidays. Here were my thoughts that year:

“Last night — the Sunday after Thanksgiving — I decided to read the entries in this journal to kind of kick off my Christmas season. I loved reading about the special moments of the past couple of Christmases, but there was a part of me that ended up feeling afraid that I might not have anything special to write about this year. Kind of silly, but that’s how I felt.

This morning I was able to enjoy my first private Christmas worship and prayer time, and as I did, my fear of the night before melted away. Once again, I reflected on God’s great love for us in sending Jesus and on Jesus’s great love for us and the sacrifices He made to be our Savior. I realized afresh the real joy in Christmas is in Jesus, and because of that, I will always have special moments during the Christmas season — no matter what circumstances surround me. Thank You, Lord!”

God went on to bless me not only special time with Him that year but no less than ten entries in my Christmas journal about memorable holiday experiences. About midway through the month, I wrote:

“To think I had been worried about not having any special moments to write about this Christmas season! They just seem to keep coming one right after another! :)”

I pray that special moments — with the Lord and with your loved ones — will just keep on coming one right after another for you this Christmas. And if you’re so inclined, write them down. I know you’ll be glad you did.

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

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  1. I always feel like I should be keeping a journal to record all of the precious moments that I have with my family. A Christmas Journal could be a good place to start.

  2. Precious moments and times with the Lord indeed. I enjoyed this sharing Cheryl. I can tell you have a lot of them in your spirit to share and I look forward to popping in to read them!

    Christmas blessings to you and your family dear one!

  3. Precious time with the Lord…says it all. Sabbath blessing to you.

  4. I love to journal and have over the years not always steady but I have recorded some of the most important and memorable times with my family. I like the idea of a Christmas journal.

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