Why I’ll Be Quiet A While {and my blessing for you in this Christmas season}

porch colored lights

Tonight Stan and I put our Maia-girl to bed, then we cuddled with Isaac on the couch while we watched a Veggie Tales Christmas movie.  Stan read him the Christmas story before bed and I did my best to explain in 3-year-old terms what a manger was, and the inexplicable Love wrapped up in the tiny Baby who slept there.

I teared up trying to tell him why we celebrate Christmas.  I always tear up explaining the Gospel to my boy.

With both kids down for bed, we put up Christmas lights on our porch.  Then we took them all down and put them up again because I’d started them at the wrong end and they wouldn’t plug in.

My husband is so gracious, y’all.

We came inside and he soon went to bed, siting a scratchy throat and the need for extra rest.

And here I sit, on my couch.  9:37 pm, December 1st.

It’s our first year ever using colored lights instead of classy whites, and the colors beckon my thoughts back to childhood, when my mom would run a string of colored lights around the ceiling of my bedroom during Advent.   I’d lose myself in the glow every night until I couldn’t hold my eyes open anymore.

The tree is lit with color tonight too, and I stare into it a while, then open The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp.  What a treasure, this book.  Only one day in and I’m expectant to unwrap the Gift of Christ in this sweet season like I haven’t in years.

Or maybe ever.

greatest gift christmas tree

To Notice More

Over the last couple of weeks, this desire has grown within me – I’m drawn to slow down.

I hosted and cooked and decorated my way through Thanksgiving week.  And while I loved every second of those days and every guest they ushered through our door, coming out of Thanksgiving and into Advent, I sense my heart needing to be still.

To be quiet.  To rest.

To notice Him more.

So as much as I’ll miss sharing my journey here and sensing y’all’s precious companionship in it, I think my journals will be the primary recipients of my heart for the next few weeks.  I’ll be back sometime around New Year’s.

And, of course, if I can get my act together and pull off a family Christmas card, I’ll post it here so you all can see the adorable-ness of our children at Christmastime.  (And it will likely include an honest blip about how crazy we were, wrangling kiddos, trying to snatch those one or two semi-“good” photos.)

I also have a guest post running at (in)Courage later this month, so I’ll pop in to point you in that direction when it’s time.

One more thing:

Y’all?  You bless my heart so deeply.  I mentioned recently how I’m so grateful for the grace with which you read my words.  I really am.  I’m blown away by you all.  Thank you for your hearts, and your openness to receive mine.

first reading greatest gift

First  Advent reading from Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift

My Blessing for You in this Season

May you live it slow, tuned in and awake to God With Us.

May you discern His whispers in your moments, and may your heart be tender, responsive to His pursuit.

May you be undone anew by the goodness of the Gospel, wrapped in this precious Baby King, who left throne and glory in extravagant pursuit of your heart.

Merry Christmas, my friends.

 crownctr tree

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12 Responses to Why I’ll Be Quiet A While {and my blessing for you in this Christmas season}

  1. Colored lights have my heart. I can’t get my act together for any thing fancy this advent. Just some slow readings and some slower days with my kids. I’ll look forward to your return in this space.
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    • danalynnb says:

      I love it, NJ. Love that you’re a colored lights girl and that you’re taking things slow this Christmas season. May you sense His grace over your days. So enjoying getting to know you. :) xo

  2. This is beautiful, Dana. I love that you are answering and sharing your call to quiet this Advent.

    Isn’t The Greatest Gift such a treasure? I am so enjoying it.

    God bless you and your family!
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    • danalynnb says:

      Katie, thank you so much for your encouraging words. I’m glad you’re enjoying The Greatest Gift too! What a… well… gift. :) Ha. Blessings to you and YOUR family this Christmas season too!

  3. Barbie says:

    We always had colored lights, on both the house and tree growing up. It does remind me of my childhood as we do mostly white now. Praying you sense His nearness as you slow down and quiet your heart to receive Him fully this Christmas season! Blessings!
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    • danalynnb says:

      YES. This is so what I’m after – to slow down and receive Him fully in this season. I so appreciate your prayers, Barbie!! Blessings to you, my friend!

  4. Lori Harris says:

    praying for you friend- simply being is the way to see Christ. love that you are choosing obedience to Christ over busyness. love you dana~
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  5. Sarah says:

    I put lights in the kids’ rooms Sunday night and they were so excited. I remember maying under our tree when I was a child, looking at the ornaments and how they reflected the colored lights. So glad you are slowing down and taking time away. We all need that!!
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    • danalynnb says:

      I love that you put up lights in your kids’ rooms, my friend. We DO all need that sometimes, I think. Just a little heart-reorientation. I’m drinking it in. And so blessed to have you in my life. :) xo

  6. Southern Gal says:

    The colored lights v. white lights debate has entered our home once or twice. We switch up every few years. My son gets colored lights in his room that stay year round. It’s his night light. I’m waiting on my copy of Ann’s book to arrive. Merry Christmas!
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    • danalynnb says:

      I like the idea of switching every few years. Hope your copy of Ann’s book arrives soon and that you soak up every page. It’s rich. Merry Christmas to you too! So happy you’re here.

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