(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)

Friends, today is the first day of the last month in 2022! As we turn the page on our calendars and behold the month of December that lies before us, I pray we do not forget the importance of remembrance. I pray we do not fail to remember the unfathomable love of our Savior, and the only reason for this season. Jesus.

I have seen so much darkness, loss, and pain this year, and I simply cannot express how much my heart has been yearning for this time. Not because of the pretty Christmas trees and lights, or even the parties or presents that do indeed usher a bit of hope into our hearts, but because of the One whose coming we join with all the Heavenly hosts to celebrate.

This, my friends, is a month people like you and like me choose to immerse ourselves in because it is rich with beauty, goodness, and love. Things which we find lacking in this world but abounding in Christ.

What the Lord has been laying on my heart this day is to attend well to what matters. I pray we share this common desire.

Truth be told, some of us have neglected the things that matter for much longer than we’d like to admit. Perhaps it has been days, months, or even years that we have embraced things that may be important, while neglecting the very things which are of upmost importance. Things such as the preparation of our souls for eternity, meaningful fellowship around a dining table that has hosted many cheerful gatherings, and the priceless gift of our time and spiritual gifts to serve the widows and orphans.

Last year, on day one of Blogmas, I shared with you how I think about the people, who, just like me, may be searching for the beauty and life that Jesus offers to us and wants us to encounter through the story of His miraculous birth and coming. The individuals who just want to fall in love with Jesus all over again and have a fresh encounter with Him.

Though these people are always on my heart and mind, they are at the forefront at this time of year. If you are one of those people, I would like to formally invite you to join me, and so many others who want to learn how to attend to the things that matter more than anything else.

It is a journey, but is there any other journey more fulfilling than this one?

The attending process begins when we sort through the things that distract us, and intentionally do away with them as best we can with Jesus’ help. We must make room in our hearts for the light when darkness attempts to fill it daily. May we prepare Him room.

Remember, this is only day one.

NOTE: Our family and friends are thrilled to share a little bit of our hearts with yours over these next days leading up to Christmas, and we are filled with the expectation that the Lord will move in ways that only He can here on the Blog! We simply ask that you follow and sign up to be on our email list so you don’t miss anything we publish for Blogmas! You are more than welcome to share the links to these posts with your family and friends so that they can join in on all of the Christmas fun as well. See y’all here tomorrow!

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