Monday, December 1, 2008

'Tis the season!!

Usually Monday's are a bit of a drag, but this morning I woke up with a smile on my face. Why? In my mind, it's the first day of Christmas! I can't help it, every December 1 I get that same feeling of excitement...my favourite time of year has arrived! As much as I'm not a winter person, I absolutely love Christmas. I don't know, maybe it was the extra sugar from my advent calendar chocolate mixed with the joy of Christmas, but I was practically giddy all day today! I just wanted to be the first Pal to wish everyone else a very Merry Christmas season!
The theme of joy was in my morning devotions too. I read Romans chapter 12, and one verse stuck out in my mind:
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
-Romans 12:12
I thought about this verse all day. I love it when a verse or passage from a devotion stays with me for the day...amd I the only one? During my lunchbreak I was reading over some old Pilgrim Pal posts from the past year, and it really struck me how many trials and struggles we've all faced. I wanted to share this verse in particular with the Pals, so hopefully you will find as much encouragement in it as I did today. I kept repeating to myself "be patient in affliction" and reminding myself to take my worries and give them to God.

With all these winter storms hitting, I hope everyone stays safe!

~lauren-mary

4 comments:

byhisgracealone said...

Hi lauren-Mary....it is so great to come here and see a post from you....I miss all the Pals..it would be so nice to have everyone check in....

I LOVE winter....and this morning it is snowing lightly....LPP and her family just left my house a few minutes ago, so if any of the PALS stop by, please keep them in prayer as they drive home this mornning...In the midst of all the early morning goodbyes, I did not pray with them before they headed out...:(...Lord keep them safe in their travels...thank you for our time together last evening.

blessings to all
donna

ron said...

Hi Lauren,

I just want to chunk a great big Merry Christmas back at you and a blessed new year ! I hope all your wishes be filled with joy . This is the time of year I really spend a lot of time with Author and his kinfolks ! But with the grace of our Lord I always manage a smile and hello to all I come into contact with ?

Blessings to you and yours .
grandpaw Ron.

Felisol said...

Dear Lauren- May,
inspiring words from you.
Joyful in hope.
Paul says we have a living hope.
I wish for Christ to dwell living in our hearts this Advent.
I thank him for the fellowship of the Pilgrim Pals.
From Felisol

Terry said...

Oh Lauren-Mary
So nice to hear your voice again and in with such a cheerful note.
It is is hard to believe that there are only 22 days left until Christmas.
We have so much to be thankful for and I am so thankful for all of the blog friends.
When I am low they are there!!
These three, Donna, amazing grace man and Felisol are so good and so are the rest, including you Lauren-Mary!...Love Terry