I don’t know about you, but it’s that time of year again. The time of year to LOSE YOUR MIND! I’m sort of joking. Sort of. It’s that time where for moms, things are just getting added to our already seemingly never ending list of things to do. I am excited for Christmas, and I have no complaints about Thanksgiving. It was relatively stress free, which for me is amazing! It means I didn’t overwhelm myself by deciding to make a million recipes for one Holiday. Well, ahem, I can’t be the only one that does that, can I? Don’t answer that.
The thing is, though, I think things just kind of get away from us during this time of year. We are trying to time everything right, trying to get all of our ducks in a row. Maybe you are traveling, getting all of your shopping done, and all of your plans with family finalized. There is a lot to do, and it seems like for some reason with Christmas, it can get really complicated. It is really sad, too, because I know God never intended for the celebration of His Son’s birth to be like this. I won’t get into the whole thing about how commercialized Christmas has become, and how it is all about shopping and greed. This is a blog for encouragement, remember?
Well, things have gotten away from me. I’ve made my list for the kiddos, nieces and nephews, and ordered the gifts at the best prices I could find. I have no more things to buy for Christmas, but yet I still feel the need to shop and look at things. It’s like I just can’t miss out on stuff, even if I don’t need it. That is how I get sometimes with shopping. I get into that mode of getting the things on my list, and getting things checked off. I just want to keep being oh so productive! If you weren’t already thinking I was dysfunctional, I’m sure this post isn’t helping! So, I have realized I need to chill out! I am done with that part, and I can relax, and just take care of the many other things that need to be done.
This happens every year though. I get into that mode of buying things, and it is hard to get out of it. I should have been ready for it this time, I know better. God reminded me of something yesterday morning at Bible study. We are studying the book of John, and it has been absolutely amazing! My mind has been blown by Jesus, and who He is. The speaker challenged us to think of where we need to pray about something instead of pushing ahead with it. Instead of just making it happen. She also asked us how often we ask God to order our time, like in the morning, to order our day? Those two things really hit home with me. I’ve just gotten caught up in the busyness of the holidays, that I have forgotten to give all that I am doing to God. I mean, the little stuff. I am usually good with the big stuff, I have lived long enough to know that I stink at handling the big stuff, so I hand that right over. No, it is the small things, like finding presents, making plans to see family, and just making sure everything is done. Yes, Jesus wants to be in charge of that too. You know why? It is all about His perfect timing. He knows exactly where you need to be every moment of every day. He has places for you to be, people for you to talk to, or to encourage. He may even have a lesson for you to learn in patience during a really long wait with your kids. These are the little things, but this is where I see God do some really amazing things in my life. Really.
So, maybe you are like me, and you have gotten a little swept away in your to-do list, and you are feeling a little lost. You have lost your way with God a bit, and you need to realign things with Him. Well, He is right here. He knows all about it, and He was tugging at you this whole time. He showed you in little ways, and now you see where you went wrong. For me, it was slowly each day, taking back the control I surrendered to Him. Just in the little things, but add them up, and it adds up to me being back in control. I sure don’t want that. I stink at being in charge of my life, and I want to be fully surrendered to Jesus, because that is the best, most beautiful place to be.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:15-17, NIV