26Dec

will you refuse to surrender?

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. Luke 2:20, NIV

They remembered. “Glory to God in the highest heaven"

By Tami Heim

By any chance, did you wake up wishing Christmas lingered a little longer this year? I did. I’ve been thinking about the shepherds and the afterglow they experienced seeing the heavenly host of angels and then gazing on the face of the baby Jesus. I image they shared the story of that night often and every time they did it brought them new comfort and joy. I simply refuse to surrender the sacred sweetness of this Christmas season. Will you refuse, too? I’m making some choices today and invite you to join me.

Today I’m going to…

  • Read again, slowly, Luke chapter one AND two
  • Savor the joy that flows as I remember my Savior’s birth
  • Pray over family and friends that have yet to make Him room in their hearts
  • Shout “Glory to God in the highest” \0/
  • Sing the first and last chorus of O Come Let Us Adore Him
  • Listen for the sound of heaven and nature singing
  • Hum – a lot
  • Wear my red and green Christmas socks
  • Send cyber goodwill online to 20 people I’ve never met in real life
  • Compose a list of my most favorite Christmas memories
  • Look through the family photo albums and delight in Christmas past
  • Light every holiday candle in my house and watch the flames flicker, glow, and reflect in the windows
  • Give a special gift to someone who is completely not expecting it
  • Dance the Charlie Brown Christmas jig through the house – twice
  • Watch another Christmas movie
  • Crank up my favorite Christmas music
  • Write a Christmas poem to my grandson due to be born in February
  • Add more pins to my holiday boards
  • Eat one more piece of peppermint fudge pie – if there’s one left
  • Read the greetings and personal notes in every Christmas card I received this year and last
  • Digitally deposit daily doses of love, comfort, and joy  in the hearts of my family and friends

And now I am going to begin with the last one here. It’s important because it’s the one to-do item on the list that reaches well beyond today. I’m depositing, from my heart to yours, one of my all time favorite Christmas pieces. I pray the Christmas Spirit continues to fill your heart with His love, comfort, and joy today and every one of the next 364 days to come. I refuse to let go and I hope you do, too.

The Christmas Spirit ~ by E.C. Baird

I enter the home of poverty, causing pale-faced children to open their eyes wide in wonder.

I cause the miser’s clutched hand to relax, and thus paint a bright spot on his soul.

I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the lad old way.

I keep romance alive in the heart of childhood, and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.

I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind hears amazed at the goodness of the world.

I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears, tears which was away the hard lines of sorrow.

I enter dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, and pointing forward to good days yet to come.

I come softly into the still, white home of pain, and lips that are too weak to speak, just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.

In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.

I am the Christmas Spirit.

How will you be spending these days after Christmas?

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  • Lara Martinez

    Thank You– it’s so easy to have a Christmas let down- especially when you work in retail and you move on so quickly to other promotions and seasons.  I shared with my whole team- so we remember that the TRUE LIGHT of GOD we reflect into the dark corners of the world makes it Christmas every time we spread that light no matter the time of year– so let’s enjoy the joyfulness well beyond that date on the calendar.

  • http://www.interviewangel.com Brent Peterson

    Wonderful suggestions. Thank you.

    Brent

    ps. Where do we find the recipe for your peppermint fudge pie? :)

  • Tami Heim

    Hi Lara
    You are such an inspirational leader. Wise words to your team. Thanks for helping them keep perspective….retail is HARD work! # ShineOn my friend!

  • Marsha Morris

    Thank you Tami.  Every year I am not ready to let the Season slip away.  

  • Tami Heim

    @39016666c18e34828dc2529567b4b55a:disqus what a joy to see you and @5b5b2b9def5627d26377211cb8c3b1b0:disqus show up here on the same day. (That’s a holy holiday extender for sure!) Love that we are linking hearts to hold on and keep the glow ON. Love to you and the whole family.

  • Tami Heim

    Joy-filled Christmas and beyond @InterviewAngel:disqus !
     
    I love to serve and this one is for YOU….
     
    Ingredients:
    1. package of mint green stuffed oreo cookies
    2. I jar of dark chocolate hot fudge
    3. 3 quarts of Premuim Holiday Peppermint ice cream
    4. 2 cups of pecan halfs
    5. big ole tub of Cool Whip
    6. York Peppermint pieces (the white ones)
     
    Directions: 
    Get a 9×13 in pan. spray the bottom with Baker’s Joy. 
    Crunch up two rows of oreo cookies and press in the bottom of the pan. FREEZE.
    Melt the ice cream until it is soft enough to easily spread. Pour on top of cookie crust. FREEZE.
    Microwave hot fudge for 1 min. and pour over frozen ice cream. FREEZE.
    Spread evenly pecan halves over the frozen fudge. FREEZE.
    Spread soft cool whip over the frozen pecans. FREEZE.
    Sprinkle with the York Peppermint pieces (or anything festive and minty) FREEZE.
     
    Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving…so it’s easy to cut and serve. 
    It’s a family favorite and Christmas tradition. SOOOOOO Good.
     
    YUMO / from me to YOU!

  • Tami Heim

    @InterviewAngel:disqus  That recipe below was for YOU. Not sure why your name flipped….want to make sure you get it.  Enjoy!

  • http://www.interviewangel.com Brent Peterson

    Thanks Tami!

    I will share the recipe with my wife, the master chef in the family.

    Brent

  • Sue

    Catching up on some old post here and I have to say I really love your blog.  Thanks for  the blessings you pour out here and the help.

  • http://www.techbulk.com/ Bhanu

    happy christmas and advance happy new year guys
    christmas greetigs