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Melanie is a wife and mom who loves to belly-laugh and savor each moment of this precious life. She writes to encourage others and share the hope of God's unfailing love.

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  1. Gosh it really is so easy, especially this time of year, to get caught up in the hurry and rushing around. Which is crazy really considering that Christmas is supposed to be all about Jesus and we can let it get all mixed up with so much other stuff. And your choice of pictures is so perfect…draws me from the crazy crowds back to what it’s really all about. Thanks so much for sharing! (And praise the Lord for goldfish!)

    Merry Christmas!

    J

  2. As I have read this, I felt the message within my heart and my tears fell down. It reminds me, it rebukes me and it gives me thoughts about the true essence of Christmas.
    Thank you for sharing your heart.
    May God bless you more.

    • So touched by your comment, Alma! Thank you so much for your kind words… I have to remind myself many times, and in fact, this was written as a reminder to my own heart.

      Merry Christmas!
      Melanie

    • Sometimes it IS very hard with the pressure! πŸ™‚ We just have to keep reminding ourselves not to get caught up in all of it… at least that’s what I’m trying to remind myself today πŸ˜‰

      Hope you have a very special Christmas!
      Melanie

  3. So true, Melanie! Losing Christ in the midst of preparing for “Christ”mas is very easy. Let’s all remember your words to “stop, really look around, and to be His hands and feet to show His love this Christmas and to point others to the One who came to save us.”
    Merry Christmas!

    • Thank you, Julie! I really appreciate your comments! Praying your Christmas will be a very special one and filled with His peace.

      with love,
      Melanie

  4. “but yet, so many times… I drown out His voice in my loudness and chaos.”

    yes, me too.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. may we all look more closely for the One we are celebrating.

    • Amen, sweet friend. I have to keep reminding myself of this…. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment!

      Merry Christmas!
      Melanie

  5. This is so beautiful, Melanie. Shopping at this time of year really can be a bear–and yet, looking for Him, even among the crowd–as He appears in faces we see all around us–it’s such an opportunity. You reminded me of this. There is peace, even among this.

    Rich blessings as you See.

    • Thank you, Amy! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comment! YES. You and I are kindred spirits indeed.

      Many blessings,
      Melanie

  6. At first with budget being tight I had NO Christmas spirit. Then God quietly reminded me ” Christmas is NOT about the gifts you give or receive… It is about celebrating my birth for I had come to eath to save your soul” So NOW I am comeptly joyous and excited because we will be going to church sharing in his love with family and friends!!! Take a moment stand in that cowded store and just STOP and marvel in his LOVE!!!! God Bless and have a Blessed CHRISTmas!

    • Exactly! I think sometimes even with less “stuff”, it’s easier to really see *Him*. I pray that this Christmas will be a wonderful one for you, and that you will feel His presence in a very real way.

      with love,
      Melanie

  7. “After all, on His long-awaited birthday, He slipped quietly into our scarred world. He left the paradise of heaven to become flesh for my salvation, and yours.”

    Beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  8. Melanie, this brought me to tears! I miss Him so often this time of year (I’m embarrassed to say) just hurrying along thinking of my own world. Thank you for this reminder as we head into the Christmas weekend. You are wonderful, my friend!!

    Brenda

  9. Thank you for the reminder ~ beautiful post… His long awaited birth deserves a celebration! I am from Kenya so I enjoy the beautiful house and decors, I never tire doing it since I grew up with no electricity or running water water.. I look at this day thanking Jesus for bring me this far but many time I end up feeling guilty after reading all this blogs on keeping it simple etc. I think we can celebrate Christ in a beautifully decorate home too right?

    see my post and let me know

    http://nancyogengayouree.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/christmas-traditions/