It’s Not about the Presents, but HIS Presence.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

To family & friends: I just want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous New Year! With all the chaos of the holidays, don’t forget to take some time to reflect on what it’s all about. Or maybe I should say WHO it’s all about. You know what is sad and heartbreaking? I talk to random people on the street, and when I ask them if they are excited for Christmas they say there is no reason to be. WHAT. THE. CHEESE?!?! Christmas is SO exciting! And this is the reason why: All of a sudden everyone wants to do more. More giving, more sharing, more serving, more loving, more singing, more thinking about Christ! As we go about doing good, we feel the Christmas Spirit in more abundance. We just LOVE getting high on that feeling! I’ve always dreaded the day after Christmas. All of a sudden, everything we’ve been working on for months and all the excitement build up – whether it’s the parties being planned, the surprises being kept secret, the songs being rehearsed, or just waiting for a good ol’ fam jam – all of a sudden, everything seems to slip away, leaving us with this empty feeling of “what’s next?” But you know what is so great about being a member of the Church? We have made covenants! And one of the things we promised Heavenly Father was to always take upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ. Yup, all day err’ day, baby! And so the Christmas Spirit doesn’t have to end! We can have the Spirit of Christ all the time! Why does the adrenaline of more giving, sharing, serving, loving, singing, and thinking of Christ have to end? It’s not supposed to! I think there’s something truly special about having Christmas and New Year’s Day just seven days apart. As we reflect on how to keep the Spirit of Christ in our hearts, we then start making goals on how we can improve and do better. So there will always be a little more to give and to share; there will always be one more person to serve and to love; there will always be one more song of rejoicing to sing; and a never-ending focus on our Saviour Jesus Christ. Why do we make goals? Because we haven’t reached our full potential yet. In the words of my dear friend, Preach Myles, from Martinsville, Illinois: “YOU DON’T KNOW HOW PRECIOUS YOU ARE”. And it’s true. But Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do. That’s why He was sent here to earth. Christ showed us HOW to be, and then He died and lived again for us so we CAN be. Neglect not the gift that is in thee! Share what you know with others. Show them why there’s a reason to rejoice and sing!

Love and miss you all! Be good, be happy, be obedient, and just love, love, LOVE! I’ll see you all-y’all at the end of the year! 

Mucho Lovin’
Sister Limas

Remember the reason for the season. It’s not about the presents, but HIS presence. Let your Christmas Spirit include the Spirit of Christ

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