The season of unending emails is here.
Our beloved email inboxes are being inundated with Black Friday advertisements and Holiday event announcements as we speak.
However, you may notice that your inbox is NOT full of blog posts from this mama. (Yikes! I know, I know)
Life is crazy round here y’all.
I recently returned from Texas where I participated in two ministry events. It was a tremendous honor to share a message about “restoration” with a beautiful group of mamas and their tween daughters. It was also wonderful to meet “in real life” writers I converse with online. They truly are real people- beautiful, wise, courageous, and FUN!
My daughter also celebrated her 4th birthday in November. My husband and son celebrate their birthdays in December. Then there is Thanksgiving and Christmas. This momma is in the middle of continuous celebration!
My prayer for all of us amidst the preparations and parties:
I want to repeat what I wrote one year ago, because it remains true today: Jesus invites all of us to come and rest in the midst of whatever burdens us. (even if what burdens us is Holiday preparations and parties, see Matthew 11:28-30.) Getting physical rest may be an impossibility for you during the Holidays. But what about entering into mental and emotional rest?
“Maybe you and I need to enter into a rest of:
- believing we are forgiven and loved by the God of the universe,
- not being in charge or in control of everyone and everything,
- knowing that we have done all we could to restore and mend what is broken,
- knowing that God will fight and provide for us,
- knowing who we are and who we are not,
- or _______________________________.” (excerpt adapted from Breaking Free, Video Session 8)
Wouldn’t it be nice to stop and rest mentally and emotionally amidst the parties and preparations?
Jesus says come.
We can rest in the Truth that no matter how the ham or pecan pie turns out, God still loves us. We can rest in the midst of family tension because God is not asking us to control or ultimately change our loved one’s behavior.
It would be easier for us to rest if we simply place our attention back onto God and what He can do, instead of focusing on ourselves and what we are attempting to do.
Reading through all the advertisements and announcements in your inbox can wait. The mall and all those supposedly easy Holiday Pinterest projects will be there tomorrow. Let go of control, finding the best deal, or trying to figure it or them out.
Come to Jesus and rest.
May you find abundant hope, direction, and peace in Him amidst the preparations and parties.