Sometimes the holidays can feel like a scary ride on a rickety old bike down a treacherously steep dirt road— there's violent shuddering while you try to hold on, it’s hard to steer, and there’s usually a large plume of dust involved.
I can’t control how fast this season zooms by nor the fact that my to-do list seems to expand while I sleep. But instead of allowing the inevitable stresses of the season to create more kinks in my already knotted neck, I’ve decided to unwrap a couple of Christmas gifts early.
That’s right. I peeked under the tree, shook the boxes, and heard the Holy Spirit whisper Go ahead, open them now!
So I did.
And now, when a crazy man in a snazzy Mercedes convertible cusses out my husband and I in the Target parking lot,
I can hold my peace.
When our dishwasher decides to stop working, I can smile—and mean it.
When I’m folding my 20th load of laundry from all the company at our house over Thanksgiving weekend, I can feel joyful.
When my hubby sprains his ankle, our Australian Shepherd runs off three times in one day, and our teen daughter has an attitude, I can still have amazing peace and joy. And instead of worrying, groaning and fuming, I can smile. Heck, I can even laugh!
And that, sweet friends, is an amazing, priceless gift at this most wonderful time of the year.
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and indulge—unwrap God’s precious gifts of peace and joy early.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27, NLT)
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