December 7, 2015

These Are The Days Of... a Poetic offering of Small Wonders

I don't know how your Monday has started off, but mine started off like this:


Rainy, quiet, still... enjoying a bit of Silence with cozy socks, a homemade eggnog latte in my favorite Santa mug (circa 2001ish!), and time spent with baby Jesus, slowing the busy and making room for the waiting of Advent... Once again, unwrapping the Greatest Gift!

Mostly... that just means it was spent gaining perspective. And who doesn't need a fresh dose of that on any given Monday, am I right? 

If you are like me... any day is a good day to spend a bit of quiet and contemplation, getting His perspective in the day before it begins to unwind (or unravel) too quickly!

My days are full this week, overflowing with work that I love that most often feels more fun than forced. I get to edit portraits from a recent wedding and a recent family session, and pray and write in this space here, as well as work on a guest post or two. There is a speaking engagement in January to prep for and of course, Christmas parties and goodies and crossing off the rest of the bossy lists in time to slow and sit and truly enjoy the season.

If you've been around here for any length of time over the holidays, you may remember my own self-imposed 'deadline' of December 10th... I wrote about it here and it has saved my sanity as well as our Christmas more times than I can count.  

So with all the full on my calendar, I can tend to open my eyes already mid-thought of what needs to get done.  (You, too?)

Well let's just be honest here... I don't do life well when I live in the midst of rush.  I need a bit of calm... I need that peace on earth that is promised but often times is elusive this time of year!

So instead of hitting the ground running... I position to pause... I sip and I savor and I force all the bossy to just take a backseat already... all of that hustle can wait.


I breathe in deep and close my eyes. I whisper pray the heavy burdens back over to His shoulders. I relax and unwind and I listen for His heart... for His plans for my day... my week... my life.

And as my shoulders lighten, the tension loosens, and the stress pulls out like the tide... I reflect back over the season that I desire most in December... one of Sabbath and Advent and Christ-our-Savior-is-born... one of Hanukkah lights and Christmas lights and the Light of the World shining bright in the midst of a weary world rejoicing. 

Yes. That.

That is the season that I am longing for. 

I remember Emily Freemans' practice of making lists to help herself stay present, so let's do that!  In the middle of all the lists of the season, let's make a list of what is happening, right here and right now, that won't stir up our hurry - but will stir up some Holy instead!

Let's give the gift of being Present... with family, with friends, with God.  

So before I scurry off to scratch off busy things from my list, let's list off the blessed things by sharing what these days are made of!  (I'll go first!)


These Are The Days Of...

These are the days of chilly, frosty mornings, snuggled in close, like life long lovers... of waking to the sound of the heat kicking on as the cat wants under covers.
Of coffee flavored with egg nog or peppermint... of wish lists and snowmen and twinkling lights on the tree... of baking and party planning and wrapping the gifts and of longing for a bit of how it used to be.
Of Empty Nest and decorating on my own... of less stress and less mess and a little less 'home'... Of Christmas Carols and Advent, of silently waiting... of lighting Hanakkuh lights and of wonder awakening...
These are the days of arranging schedules, sharing time and letting some traditions go while holding on tight to others... of giving and sowing, of sharing and loving, of remembering we are all family... we are sisters and brothers.  
These are the days of celebrating, of reflecting, of singing O Come Let Us Adore Him and of Peace on Earth... of Thank You's, You Shouldn't Have's, and I love You's... of Unto You a Child is Born, of the long awaited Saviors' birth.
These are the days of Christmas... of accepting and receiving gifts - both of big and of small... of giving and forgiving and of inviting in all kinds of friends - come one and come all!  
Of family recipes passed down through the years, of singing and laughing, of being of good cheer... of sleighbells ringing and Santa bringing...of loud and of calm... of grace and of psalm.
These are the days of Deck the Halls and Tis the Season... of Joy to the World and of Jesus is the Reason...
These are the days of O Holy Night... and of shepherds quaking at the sight...
And these days... they are good, and full, and right! 


P.S.  I'm linking up with these lovely writers:

The Community over at #SmallWonders

Laura Boggess over at #ChasingTheBlueFlower
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday


Kelly Balarie for #RaRaLinkUp

What are your days of lately? (I'd love to hear in the comments below!  They don't have to rhyme - it can simply be in list form!)

18 comments :

  1. How wonderful to stop by and get a bit of the true Christmas spirit! I love your pace and yearnings, mine are similar..time to go within to sip and savor the hours, to be with Christ! I just imagine you with your latte, yumm that sounds good, and all the poetry you create all around you! It's always a blessing stopping by, you lighten up corners of world!

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    1. Well that comment made my day! What a sweet thing to say! I pray it is true... may it be true of all of us... may we lighten up the corners of this dark and weary world! xoxo

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  2. Egg nog and peppermint! :) Loved this post friend. I want to remember this during this Advent/Christmas season. I want to savor this season.

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    1. Amen and Amen! Love you so, Tara!

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  3. Thank you for the chance to breathe deep with you this morning. What a treat to pause in the busy and gain perspective that will carry us through the rest of the week. That is something I crave and try to be intentional about even though some days it does not work. Blessed to read your offering this morning!

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    1. Oh I hear ya, Mary! Some days -even with the best of intentions, life takes a hold of us before we can take a hold of it, right? Thankful that you stopped by and slowed a bit with me, my friend!

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  4. Nice blog. I've been enjoying the season. It's been laid back, perhaps too much. My son won't be home this Christmas so we're kind of sad about that. But enjoying the season none the less.

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    1. Aw Debbie, I'm sorry to hear that you will be missing your son this year. Hopefully with technology, you will be able to still connect a bit but I know it is just not the same as having them home! This Empty Nesting life has it's perks, but I am still adjusting to the holidays myself! (And of course - now I am thinking of how hard it must be for our parents even after all these years of having an empty nest!) Praying He comes close and pours out His love!

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  5. "Position to pause"...yes, that is the button to push. Praising God for His Gift.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. Amen! (May I always remember to push it!) Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda!

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  6. Oh how I love this, Karrilee! It's been a busy season and I'm stopping to take a breath and am so blessed by your post today. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hey there my friend! It HAS been a busy season... so glad you stopped by for a little slow and calm! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xoxo

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  7. Thanks, Karrilee! This is a great reminder about staying present in the midst of a season where that can far too easily get lost! Visiting from the PurposefulFaith Rah Rah Linkup today

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    1. Oh... it is OH SO EASY to get lost, isn't it? Even just in doing all the good things! Thanks so much for stopping by, Pam!

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  8. Beautiful reflection of blessings, my friend! These are the days of appreciating hte light because there is so much dark in every day. These are the days of anticipation and waiting for our family reunion in just 10 days (can't wait to have both my girlies in the same place at the same time!).

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    1. Oh this brings me so much joy... just the idea of both of your girlies with you!!! Squee! Praying for a restful, joyful, wonder-filled time! Love you, friend!

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  9. Just reading your words made me feel calm and slower. I'm a go-go-goer by nature, but with age and wisdom, I've learned the pleasure of being slow-slow-slower. Thank you for that reminder! Blessings!

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    1. LOL! Funny thing - I sort of guessed this about you! ;) Happy to have helped you to slow-slow-slow a but today, my friend!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! I always love to hear your thoughts! Remember to: Speak Life - Be Love - Shine On!
~Karrilee~

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