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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Thursday, November 21, 2013

P for Preparation - Christmas Blog Hop

In just a short time my husband and I will be starting an advent devotional as we prepare for Christmas. I find it hard to believe that it's only one week until Thanksgiving, and Christmas just about a month away. This year has sped by in so many ways.

Typically I prepare for the holiday season by decorating the house and front yard. We bake cookies and prepare special dishes that we only make one time a year. We have special traditions.

I have one thing prepared already - our Christmas tree. Actually it's been in place since last year. :) I did add a new ornament though - a blue ball with the word Navy written across it. My son recently graduated from boot camp with the Navy so it has a special significance to us of his achievement.

I don't know how much decorating I'll be able to do since we may be facing a major renovation project in our home, but I still can be preparing for the holiday. I can ask God to sweep away the cobwebs of doubt that may have accumulated in the recesses of my heart, to scrub away the stain of sin that darkens my steps, wipe away the smudges of ungratefulness.

What are you doing to prepare your heart for the holidays?

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8 comments:

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Ask God to sweep away the cobwebs... I like that!

Happy/Blessed Thanksgiving!

Digging for Pearls said...

Thanks for stopping by, Pamela.

Karla Akins said...

What a great reminder for us to prepare our hearts for this holiday. Especially if we are going through stuff. I am praying for you! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Shelley Wilburn said...

Lovely post! You left your tree up from last year? Mine has been up all year, too...but no decorations. The Christmas tree box disentegrated, so I just left the tree up...in a room being renovated, too! LoL! Looks like we have a few things in common. ;-]

Digging for Pearls said...

Thanks for the prayers, Karla. We definitely need them.

Digging for Pearls said...

We left the decorations on the tree, Shelley. A couple days ago I started turning the lights on too. At least one area will be festive even if we may be limited this year.

Praying for your renovations.

Patty Wysong said...

Preparing our hearts...so very, very necessary! I Love that you left your tree up!! =] (and praying about those renovations.)

Digging for Pearls said...

Thanks for praying, Patty. We really appreciate it.