I feel like I have the same conversation with myself every November. Maybe you can relate. It goes a little something like this (usually in my head, but not always. Yes, I’m that kind of crazy.)
“You need a plan. You don’t want to get stressed out. You want to ENJOY the season. You need to build in time for getting everything done and still have time to relax. And be sure to make quality, unrushed time for family.”
Then, without skipping a beat I start my list.
“Schedule Christmas tree cutting… going to need to get a permit and run the date by the hubs… do I have that Christmas tree preservative or did I run out last year? … I need to donate the old Christmas lights before I get any more… Do I need to buy a new tree skirt?… Better clip the Hobby Lobby coupon just in case… (and heaven knows that won’t be the only thing I buy once I’m at Hobby Lobby!)”
Did you see what just happened? One thought. One possible “to do.” It just multiplied itself in a matter of minutes in my mind. Was Christ in it? Did I submit my mind and my desires to Him?
Let’s try this again.
“Lord, I trust you that you are in complete control. I feel overwhelmed by the holiday season. But Father, I trust that you have already ordained my steps. Help me to go to you each moment of each day so that I can live in the joy you promise to your people. I know that you love me and that by your Spirit you will give me the time to do all the things that will bring glory to your name. I want to put you first before the shopping, before the baking, before the parties and the decorations. Give me grace to serve you gladly and to honor you in my lifestyle now and in the weeks to come. Amen.”
We demolish arguments and every pretension
that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark, Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training