Christmas Chaos

Christmas  



I love Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus and the beginning  of the Easter season. Since getting married and having kids Drew and I have been able  to create our own traditions mixed in with traditions we both brought from our extended family. Early on I wanted to create a simple Christmas, with the focus staying on Jesus. We established the 4 gift rule, where are each child receive something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read. Because I work at a church the past few Christmas’s have looked like our family serving and spending Christmas Eve or a day close to it with our church family. We usually get to spend some part of Christmas Eve with my parents which Consists of brand new Christmas jammies, my grandmother’s gumbo recipe, and a reading of the Cajun night before Christmas. When Drew’s parents aren’t in Tennessee we’re all together, usually in our home which has become so special to me.

Traditions 


Christmas day usually looks like opening gifts here, a quick trip down the street to Nana and Graddy‘s and then off to my parents beach house we go for a delicious meal and family time. I am so incredibly lucky to be able to spend so much time with the people that I love the most from my church family, to my beautiful family, to my extended family.

John 8:30


And as much as I love everyone in my life and I also just be real for a minute.... with all the celebration and family, life can get chaotic quick. As a mom of three young kids, schedules are my life and chaos and schedules don’t really jive. After a couple days leading up to Christmas with our schedule all out of wack, I didn’t even realize how high my tension level was. So by Christmas Day I was a little high strung. Which lead to me being snippy and not all that nice. Thankfully the day after Christmas allowed me some time to reflect and realize my attitude needed a check. I apologized to those I had been snippy with and asked Jesus to fill me back up. And during a much needed quiet time (skipped for 4 days in the chaos) God pointed out this verse to me. “If you continue in my word, you really are my disciples”. (John 8:30) As I read this and reflected on my inner tension I realized just how absolutely dependent on Jesus I am. My thoughts and attitude go sour so quickly without the active and intentional time spent in the Word. Our need to be filled with Him never stops. We have to go back to the source every day. For guidance, wisdom, discernment, and grace. So as 2019 comes to a close and we prepare to usher in a new year, my eyes are refocused on Jesus and my prayer is that through the chaotic moments I can remember where to be go to be filled up. Hallelujah and amen.

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