I won't lie, normally the Christmas season has my head spinning. I almost always am feeling overwhelmed about everything: Did we get all the presents we needed to? When do we need to leave to make it on time to this celebration? Do all of our kids have dress clothes that fit them? Which Christmas Eve service are we going to at church? Do I have all of the food that I need? The list of things rolling through my head seems to go on and on and on (which, for the record, is VERY unusual for me, as I am one who's mind generally doesn't run on and on and on).
This year, though, something is different.
We don't have any less celebrations to attend (as we are hosting gatherings with my family, with a couple of Kelley's sisters and having our own celebration with our kids), we don't have any less presents to buy, we don't have any less children to properly clothe and we don't have any less food to prepare.
What's the deal?! Why am I not freaking out about this yet?!
This year I promised myself to start each day with some time talking to God. Granted, it's not been as successful as I had hoped, as my first thought when I wake up in the morning is not typically "Good Morning, Lord!" .... rather, it's more like "mmmmm hmmmph." However, I have taken the time to quiet my spirit and talk to God throughout the day. I am remembering to thank Him for the blessings we have and to focus my attention on the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Everything else seems to have just fallen into place, quite perfectly, I might add!
It's amazing how life works out when your priorities are where they should be. My prayer is that this doesn't just last through the Christmas season, but that Christ will remain my focus all year long.