Rooted & Grounded {in love}

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::2014 update:: – as we get ready for a move over Christmas break, as well as other responsibilities that are all coming to a head at this time, I am in dire need of this reminder – that it is the every day moments that our children witness our honest feelings about the celebration of Jesus Christ. While boxes are packed and life feels like utter chaos, and there is an unavoidable busy-ness, we all need grace and truth – and it is found in a true focus on Christ.


originally written December 2013

“Mama, will you play a game with us?”
“No honey,” I answer. “I have so much to do to prepare for Christmas.”

Shoulders slump and sweet little boys retreat slowly from the kitchen. 
I realize instantly what is happening – the busyness of preparing for a special Christmas is stealing the special-ness they desire. 

“Just a second guys,” I call to them. 
They look up.

“Would you rather a sparkling clean kitchen, or a few rounds of a game?” I ask.

They laugh, as if that could ever be a question. “I know the perfect game mama!” The oldest calls as he races to the game shelf.

We sit around the table. A hastily prepared snack in arms reach for munching. Food binds people together – especially those you live with every single day.
We play a few rounds of a favorite card game. There are giggles.

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“I love you mommy,” the youngest whispers.

I look around – the dirty dishes sit, piling dangerously high. The floor is sticky from two helpers whilst making cinnamon rolls earlier in the day. Glue and glitter sparkle from the floor, waiting to be scrubbed up.

And, having taken the time to slow down and play, I am given a fresh perspective. It warms my heart to see this lived in home with its lived in messes. 

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If Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ – the life of Christ – then how else do we celebrate Christmas than by living?

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” {John 1:4}

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” {Ephesians 3:17-19}

It is not the preparing that our little ones need {it’s not what we need either.} It is grace and truth. Rooted and grounded in love. To know the love of Christ. To be filled with the fullness of God.

Of course we all have things to prepare and check lists to work through – but those to-do’s are a part of living, they can be a part of the celebrating. They are the places where grace and truth can shine through. Where we can radiate joy. They are the every day moments that our children witness our honest feelings about the celebration of Him. This Christmas I pray that we are all rooted and grounded in His love.

Merry Christmas!

Jessica

Jessica Lynette

4 Comments

  1. Merry Christmas! One thing I would do over and am going to keep in the forefront of my mind in the years In have left with my brood under my roof is say YES! more to their requests of time. Love is spelled T.I.M.E. Our Father pours His time into us each day. Beautiful post Jess. Thank you for this.

  2. Beautifully said! That’s so cool you stopped to play with them. And thanks for pointing out that the messes created while we are having special moments with our kids are not something to feel guilty about.

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