Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas: Always On My Mind.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  ... Romans 12:2


I can't decorate this dining area for Christmas because, to me, it's already decorated as festively as I wish. Already my house, each day, is decorated for Christmas, what with the long green wall and the red couch, door and grandfather clock. Throw in this glowy scene, above, (shining brighter in Winter after the leaves fluttered down) and the Jesus of my heart who nudges me to spread joy to others, and well, I've got Christmas year-around.

One added bauble, I feel lately, will tip the whole house into clutter mode.

Also, Tom keeps asking me for a Christmas list, something more than just an gift card (love those), but seriously, until yesterday I couldn't think of a single thing I wanted. What happened yesterday? Good ol' Pat tempted me at Facebook with these knitted headbands: 

Naughty Pat for spreading temptation. heh.

But seriously? This year I feel that God, Tom and Naomi have already given me every hold-in-your-hand-or-go-anywhere thing I ever really wanted. 

Truly. My personal Christmas list is so empty, it's echo-y.

I even--get this--have stopped wishing for a dreamier house. Yes, for weeks I've been addressing my personal 'house issues' (y'all know I have them) and coming to terms, to peace, with just enjoying stepping through  'Blondie houses' or unchanged 1940's cottages (opened for estate sales) without craving one for my own. Allowing my head to only snatch ideas I can copy, to be happy for the families who lived there ... and to walk away without lust angst. 

You know, disciplining my mind to only go where God leads it and to want only what He wants for me. 

Wandering farther from those two points, only leads me to disappointment, complaining and self-inflicted sadness--all brought on by my own undisciplined mind. Blaming others would not be truth.

This whole post may sound trivial (not to mention confusing), but to me it's all huge. Disciplining ones mind always is.


"But the fruit of the spirit is ....... self-control."   ... Galations 5:22


“Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.” 
― John MacArthur


Speaking of vintage houses, my all-time favorite comedy series is The Dick Van Dyke Show and here are a couple color photos from the house set:

(That one was colorized, for I've seen other photos where the furniture, etc., didn't really 'match' at all, but was used solely because the shades in black and white looked right. So, of course, I shared this one since it looks much nicer.)
LOVE all the turquoise!



Saija said...

amen ... i so agree ... my wish list seems to be composed of what i can give to others, it just makes me happier that way ... i don't NEED anything - materially ... and if i can keep it all simple it really helps me not get into the sad Christmas place ... so i will rejoice in the take-out Chinese food we plan for the 'eve - and rejoice in my Christmasy clutter ... but most of all REJOICE that JESUS is all i really want or need ... blessings on you guys!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful Debra ! I have to decorate and do a lot because I have 4 Grandchildren but this year I am taking it slower,enjoying it all more rather than stressing that everything has to be perfect! Making sure the Grands know the true meaning of Christmas and are mindful of those less fortunate.Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Well, we bought a car this we are telling each other, that is our present to each other!! It is true that with age, I simply have no list. Just thinking of making more work to do is not enticing.

We are taking our unmarried daughter on a little trip from 24th and on for a few days...she wants to go see Mt. Vernon, so we figure that will be as good a thing to do as anything. I would LOVE some yummy chinese food, of course, if there is any to be found there!!

Have not decorated now for maybe 8 years...and just as happy not!! Tonight after dinner out we went looking at jewelry etc...did not buy one thing...was happy just looking!! Had a GOOD report from my eye specialist exam today...THAT is a great present!! Hope you continue having happy days!!
Elizabeth in NC for awhile