Acts 13: 47-49 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:
"I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."
When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.
The word of the Lord spread through the whole region.
I’ve been locked up in my office a lot this summer.
The good news, I’m under contract to write a Christmas book. The bad news, the release date is this fall, which leaves me with only a few weeks to finish
writing it. And...it’s July with high heat and humidity, too.
Last month, I enjoyed a wonderful two day break from being alone in my office and mentally absorbed with all things Christmas. My son and family came to visit for my husband’s
birthday. We love being with them, especially our two
grandgirls, Elaina and Leah. (If you’re a grandparent, I don’t need to elaborate
on the joy grandkids bring into our lives.)
“How’s that book comin’ along, Mom?” My son asked.
He gave me a quizzical look, raising one eyebrow. “How
so?” he asked.
“Well, it’s been so hot outside, in order
to get my head into Christmas I actually found an internet station that plays
Christmas music 24/7. I have it playing in the background while working on
different scenes. Last week I went through the Christmas stuff in the basement and
brought up a few ornaments to decorate my office with. And I’ve been catching
myself singing carols throughout the day, too.”
“And all that helps?”
“Yeah, it does. But, it’s been kind of strange, too.
I get so involved that I forget what month it really is. I’ll hear the wind
blowing and look out my office window, expecting to see snow swirling, and then
be taken aback when it’s so green outside. Or, I’ll see a catalog and mentally
start making out Christmas lists for everyone. By the way, what do you want for
Christmas this year?”
“Uhhhh, don’t go nutty on us, mom.”
I had to smile. I am determined to enjoy this gift
of writing that God has placed inside me, and the process of writing, too. I’ve actually had fun creating The Christmas Underdogs (working title), however, I have to admit, it does help to love all things Christmas, as well.
These past few weeks have been a good reminder to me that, no matter
what “season” we’re in, it is God who keeps us grounded. Whatever He calls us to do, He will equip us for...including
celebrating Christmas in July.