‘Tis the Season

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‘Tis the Season for:

  1. Busyness
  2. Stress
  3. Spending too much money
  4. Guilt
  5. Frustration
  6. Overindulging
  7. Rushing from event to event
  8. Perfectionism

Is that your season this year? I hope not. I have a few of those items I am working hard to fight off. I don’t want it to be a typical season for me. Last year we were forced to slow down and make gatherings meaningful. Last year was all about Covid safety, doing less, attending nothing due to lock downs, and a minimal Christmas. We did Christmas in shifts at my parents home. We met by family group on the patio, chatted through masks with my parents, and opened gifts. This year we plan to be in person. Of course, mom won’t be there this year since she passed in January of 2021. This season will be different.

What did last year’s Covid Christmas teach me? Slow down. Make gifts meaningful. Allow time for talking and connection. Don’t eat too much, spend too much, or stress too much. This year, I hope to invest in time with each family member by having a focused conversation. I hope to laugh a lot. I know I will cry some. I am not doing a ton of events even though there are options. I’m hunkering down with my kids, closest friends, church family, and God. I am connecting each day with Him or else the list above will become reality. Let’s make this season different.

‘Tis the Season for:

  1. Slowing down
  2. Peace
  3. Budgeting
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Letting go of expectations
  6. Wise choices
  7. Intentional connections
  8. Grace

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness

    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this. ~ Isaiah 9:6-7 NIV

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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