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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Finding My Christmas Selah -- The Homemaking Party


Selah.

The word Selah is a Hebraic praise term that means, "pause and reflect on God." I first chose that name for our second baby girl when I drove through the town of Selah, Washington one day on my way to Seattle. I remembered my mom telling me they bottled Tree Top Apple Juice there and, as a kid, I always imagined the town smelled like apples (even though it's in a not-so-forested part of the state and actually smells a little sulphuric to me now). Anyway, as I was telling Jamie all this one day and said the name out loud, I realized how pretty it was. In the Pacific Northwest we pronounce it, "see-luh". A pretty name for our new baby---Selah Elizabeth---as Elizabeth is my middle name, too.

Several years later, when we got our baby girl after three boys, I was preparing for her birth and looked into the meaning of her name, Selah Elizabeth. Together the name means, "to pause and reflect on the God of plenty."

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I've spent the last few Christmases redirecting the expectations of my family---and myself. We no longer try to hit every party available, bringing along fancy treats that I skipped making meals to perfect. We no longer lavish each kid with tons of expensive presents that I had to skip paying utility bills to afford. I no longer feel the need to keep up with all the fun and excitement the world wants to inundate me with at Christmas time. All these things are great until they start interfering with my ability to run my home well, stay on budget, or stay sane.

As I've felt a draw to holiness in other areas of my life, I'm feeling a draw to holiness in Christmas. For us, that looks like simplicity. Calm. Thoughtfulness. Focusing on relationships. We want to let God show us who he is in this season, just as we do in every season.

God is not different during Christmas, but sometimes we are different toward him. We make such a big deal about "Keeping Christ in Christmas"---we try to balance that with all the other fun of the season. But if we had been keeping Christ in everything we did the entire year before, that same mindset would carry right into Christmas.

When we have been living in a place of simple calm all year long, it's not hard for that same spirit of peace to translate into our Christmas celebrations. You can't live an overwhelmed, too-busy life all year and expect Christmas time to magically calm down for you.

This morning I sat down in my library to look through yesterday's mail and prepare for today. I sat at my desk and began to get my thoughts together to ask God to direct my day. Before I could say a word, he said to me, "Selah."

Just stop. Just think of me. Pause and reflect. I am the God of Plenty. I have all you need for life and godliness. What do I require of you but to do justly, walk humbly, and love mercy? Just be still and remember me.

Noel, noel, come and see what God has done.
Noel, noel, the story of amazing love. 
The Light of the World, given for us.

Risen for us. We have all we need.

Thanks for linking up at The Homemaking Party. Have a beautiful week!


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Oh My Heartsie Girls

6 comments:

  1. This is what it is all about. Merry Christmas, Sarah Elizabeth!

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  2. I've missed you! Good to hear from you again!

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  3. Lovely reflection and I agree Christmas time seems to be a reminder of what we should be doing throughout the year-Giving! Thank you for hosting and your lovely message! Your welcome to share on Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday http://ohmyheartsiegirl.com/heartsie-girls-wonderful-wednesday-138/
    Happy Holidays~Merry Christmas!!

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  4. We have scaled Christmas way back too. It feels liberating to ditch all the pagan customs we used to feel were necessary. How fooled we were to the truth of what this season should be all about! Merry Christmas to you and your family and may you be blessed! Thanks for hosting!

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  5. It was so nice to see you in my inbox today, sweet friend. I have missed you and glad to see you posting again. I was amazed at how much your post and mine are alike. So thankful for the truths you shared. God bless you and your family this Christmas!

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  6. This was a beautiful Christmas selah for me. Thank you!
    Happy Christmas.
    Laura

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