Cleaning & Cooking & Baking, Oh My!

Things are abuzz here today.  We’ve enjoyed a few carefree, restful days this week, but it’s time now to get serious about getting ready for Christmas festivities.  There is much baking and cooking to be done, and we want to give the whole house a good cleaning to make it fresh, warm and welcoming for our family.  It’s all too easy to get swept up in all the hustle and bustle that accompanies the holidays.  Shopping.  Wrapping.  Decorating.  Cooking.  Baking.  Cleaning.  I think we women tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make things “special” and “just right” for our families, and we can become easily discouraged when things don’t go quite as we’d planned. 

Life can be overwhelming, especially at this time of year, but it needn’t be.  Friends and family may disappoint, especially at this time of year, but He will never leave you.

If your shoulders are burdened a bit (or even a lot) with the pressure of the season, I urge you to lay it all aside for half an hour or so.  Yes, you really do have the time.  I promise! Spend some time with your Savior, singing songs of thankfulness with joy.  Lay your cares at His feet in prayer.  Spend some time drinking in His promises as you read your Bible.  Reflect on what it means that the Word became flesh, born in a stinky barn with nothing better than coarse hay for His bed.  Remember that Jesus, whose incarnation we remember at Christmas, came to give His life as payment in full for your sins.  And mine.

“His birth and his death are but one continual act, and his Christmas Day and his Good Friday are but the evening and the morning of one and the same day. 
From the creche to the cross is an inseparable line. 
Christmas only points forward to Good Friday and Easter. 
It can have no meaning apart from that, where the Son of God displayed his glory by his death.”

John Donne, The Book of Uncommon Prayers,
excerpted from  Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas
(a book I highly recommend)
(Thanks, Dani, for the photos!)


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6 comments to Cleaning & Cooking & Baking, Oh My!

  • I am reading “Come…..” for this advent season and it has been such a blessing.  The articles are so deep and thought-provoking.  I highly recommend it also!! 

  • Beautiful post – thanks!!

  • we were thinking similar thoughts today, I see. 

    I have a hard time, too, when I’ve been sick and I’m trying to “catch up” with everything – it seems the quiet times with the Word are the first thing I let slide.  Such a poor decision, huh?  I’m so grateful that He gently woos me back to His side when I have wandered off on my own trying to “take care of everything”.  He is infinitely merciful. 

    thank you for this sweet reminder.

  • I decided to get a new Xanga account so that I could read and comment Cheryl…

    I am also working on baking and getting ready for Christmas!Wishing you and your sweet family a very blessed and merry CHRISTmas!

  • Hi  Cheryl,

    I have my cookbooks laying open on the table,ingreidents are on the counter and so I am ready for a day of cooking tomorrow. It is like we are cooking together just 2,000 miles apart. 🙂

    What are you baking? I am going to make some Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies and Orange Pound Cake.

    Happy Cooking,


  • OOOOoooh I could so have used reading this before Christmas! – It felt very hectic this year! – hoping that it wont be that way next year… (but I sort of doubt that it will be different)…