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Encouragement

Mary Pondered…(Christmas Countdown Day 10)

December 16, 2013

 

I desperately want to celebrate Christ in this season that tends to pull me in any and every direction except toward the very One whose birth we are celebrating.  So to help me focus, today begins a 10 day countdown to Christmas devotion, of sorts.  We will start with Mary because she is the mom and I love that!  We don’t know much about her thoughts but we do know this–Mary pondered.

According to Dictionary.com, the word ponder means “to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate.”

I had to think about the last time I’ve taken time to stop and consider something deeply and thoroughly.  Can you remember?  This life we live as modern day women is so busy, so full of “to-dos”.  And this time of year, it all comes at us even faster with the baking, shopping, decorating, and everything else that must get finished before Christmas Day arrives.

But the idea of pondering offers us rest and time to reflect on all we’ve been given.  It allows us to let sweet moments throughout the season become memories we treasure for years to come.   So today, choose to sit and rest for even just a few minutes.   Find your most comfortable chair, grab a cup of coffee, your journal and a pen, or anything else that allows you to reflect.

Let’s follow Mary’s example and let everyday moments become heart treasures, all because we took the time to ponder them.

What are you pondering today?

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  • Mrs. Laura Susan Gideon

    Hi Susan. I’m pondering the same thing I do every year – why I get so excited about gift giving and receiving and not excited enough about the birth of Christ. Maybe because it’s old hat – there aren’t any new insights to gain? We have become desensitized to the story of Christ. But I’m also pondering the fact that I’m actually happier to give than to receive. Some of that is due to thinking I don’t deserve gifts. I know that isn’t of God. But most of it, I have to believe, is that God is prompting me – how awesome! – to give generously of my heart and time through selecting needed and fun things for my loved ones.

    I want to give extravagantly! Not necessarily gifts, just time and service. I don’t want to be recognized or honored for it. I just want to put my hands to work, my mouth and feet to work – for God. Merry Christmas to you Susan and thank you for encouraging me today. Pondering on this has made me happy and at peace. Bless you!