Here we are just two days before Christmas and I find myself in a strange spot. I don't need to make any emergency runs for last minute gifts or ingredients to finish that 'perfect' recipe.
I'm not wishing I'd mailed 'one more' Christmas card or decorated that room a little better.
Am I saying that I was able to cross everything off my "want to have done" list? No.
What I am saying is that I've decided not to stress about it.
There are many gifts under the tree. Proof that we are blessed to still have jobs and incomes and the ability to give...abundantly.
The pantry shelves are stocked as is the frig and the freezer. Rolls will be baked, ham will be glazed and potatoes and gravy will be plentiful.
On the kitchen island sits two different types of cookies and two different types of candy. Not to mention the apple pie and pecan pie that will be baked on Christmas Eve.
Maybe I'm just getting older and wiser, or maybe just older and more tired, or maybe I'm just standing around watching all the people around me angry and stressed looking like they hate everything about life. But I'm just choosing to not live that way.
Nothing can make me believe that what God wants for His children is stress, chaos, anger, confusion, depression...so why would I willingly choose to continually put myself in situations that would cause me to have those feelings and emotions?
In my quest to find balance and to be totally in tune with God wants me to do, I'm finding that He wants me to simplify, stress less and enjoy the blessings He's given me.
He's encouraging me not to worry about what the Jones' have and to appreciate what He's given me.
He's showing me that what I have is more than enough, what I write is what He's leading me to write and what I do truly needs to line up with His will.
And I'm finding that maybe that is the best Christmas gift of all......