Storing Up

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But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

It was a beautiful warm November day.  My parents were in town and while both kids were in school we spent some very special time – just being together. Daddy was feeling great and even walked through a couple of stores with us. Then we sat outside at a local café. We talked, laughed and tried to solve of few of the worlds problems. Just enjoying our time together. Making memories. It was a spectacular day. That evening as I reflected on the day, I felt like Mary as I  stored up all those words and memories in my heart to treasure. I will have them always – even after they are gone.

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. Luke 2:19 (The Message)

Do those days where time stands still and we stop to savor and treasure each moment seem few and far between for you? As the Christmas season approaches our calendars fill up, our “to do” lists grow longer and longer and our obligations clutter our minds so there isn’t room to store up the treasures of the season. The memories we are making with friends and family. The only thing preserved when they are gone and our hearts long for the days we had with them.

And Mary was preserving all these things, pondering in her heart; Luke 2:19 (YLT)

What have you been storing up? I pray this holiday season, we all stop and consider what we are storing up. I pray we make a conscious decision to put aside the stress and hurry that acts as a blockade at the door of our hearts and we chose to store up memories of laughter, loved ones, joy and peace. If we do, we not only have lasting memories to treasure and ponder, but we have hearts full of love and joy that will overflow to others throughout the year.

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