A guest post from Judy Brown, a December birthday girl:
December is deeply filled with activity, parties, decorating, shopping, church, family and friends. It holds a deep spot in my heart for the traditions, the church gatherings, many family memories, both old and new.
This year I challenge myself to a fresh focus….. to fill my deep December heart.
When I place an old family ornament on the tree, I want to whisper a new wish for someone dear.
When I contemplate the advent messages, I want the meaning to latch on to my heart.
When I light a candle , I want to brighten my winter days, and yours, with hope.
When I listen to a favorite holiday melody, I want to create a centered rhythm to my day.
When I smell cookies baking, I want to fill my spirit with the scent of serenity and then pass it on.
When a snowflake falls on you and me, I want it to melt away our stubborn thoughts.
When I give a gift to someone special, I want to tie my compassion and friendship in the bow.
When I say a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” or other holiday greeting, I want to elicit a happy smile.
When I greet my children, I want my welcome home hug to fill their core with gladness.
Most of all, when I pause for a deep breath during this December’s flurry, I want to exhale gratitude and then promise to never take love for granted.
My best wishes to you for a deeply meaningful holiday!
Photo Above: Judy loves to feed our feathered friends in December and all winter long. The birdhouse graces her yard.