Last year I wrote about my quiet journey. I re-read it because I wanted to see how far I’ve come. Or if at all. Last Christmas turned out great. Flu and all.
So what’s this year looking like? Let’s just say, I’m burning the midnight oil. but I’m loving every minute of it. Hubby and I have been having a lot of fun making cut-out cookies. There’s nothing more appealing than a man who actually likes making AND decorating cut-outs.
Then my brother dropped off my mom and she helped me make Mexican Wedding Cakes. It was great and as her health has not been good, it was wonderful to make this memory for the future. I made sure I tucked away every moment for future retrieval.
My quiet journey has all been inside. While I’ve been bustling around, I’ve reminded myself often that the true gift of this season is peace and I’ve felt that peace this entire season. That’s kind of unusual for me. I’m not the peaceful type.
But my peace isn’t because everything in my life is perfect. No one’s life is. As the old saying goes, “Everyone has something.” But those “somethings” (or “someones”) can’t invade your peace or ruin your Christmas unless you let them. .
If you’re dreading certain situations this holiday season, try to find a way to keep your spirit full of peace and joy. For me it’s through the running conversations I have with God. Like today when my mom was over, “God, I’m so grateful to have this Christmas with her.” Or when my husband and I were cutting out the cookies, “God, thank you for my husband’s love.”
That might sound strange to some of you.That’s OK. We all experience God in our own way. Hang in there and if that old enemy, depression, is nipping at your heels, read the Christmas story; try and feel the quietness and peace of that night. Remember, Christ was born to redeem us and that means from depression as well.
I hope the next time I write, I’ll be telling you that the cookies have all been baked, the presents all wrapped, and the house finally clear of boxes, glitter, ribbon, etc.. Hmm, seeing as Christmas is only ten days away, I’d better get busy. 🙂