Perfectly Imperfect

This year the tiny Christmas tree I bought a few years ago on a Black Friday special in order to simplify the tree process is now missing the middle section of lights.

I am not even bothered by it.

A few years ago the imperfections may have concerned me. The perceptions of others of my imperfect holiday decorations may have unsettled me.

Not this year.

This year, I am resting in the beauty of imperfections. I don’t have any expectations this Christmas for perfect traditions. I am simply going to enjoy the simple moments.

Nothing was perfect with the birth of our Savior…a dirty stable, no room at the inn…yet everything perfectly unfolded the way God planned.

What have I learned this year?

Trust the process. Be okay with imperfection. Give yourself some grace. Sometimes, life is messy, and that is okay.

Merry Christmas! ♥️♥️

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My “Be Still”

I have come to realize and accept that I need my “be still” moments.

Life has been a crazy whirlwind henceforth my quietness here on my blog. It has been filled with work busyness, holiday things, and extra crazy obligations.

This has been a particularly challenging year for me in so many ways. I have been quietly pushing on. Recently, I have had some powerful reflective moments that have caused me to step back and reevaluate my life and priorities.

I didn’t like some of what I saw.

I may have shared this song before but Granted by Josh Groban has been very meaningful to me the past several months.

Granted by Josh Groban

I have come to realize that I need my “be still” moments. I need to catch my breath. I need to have time to sit and be still. I need to be in the Word. I need time to write. (I did do a modified #Nanowrimo this year). I need to be more present and intentional with those whom I love. I need to practice listening even more actively.

At a conference I was recently attending, we were asked what we considered one of our strengths. I immediately chose compassion. I love people deeply. I feel deeply. I care deeply.

Life is all about relationships.

Life is really hard yet really beautiful. I can’t fix everything in my life, but I can step out in faith and follow the direction I feel God is leading me.

“Be still” moments are my saving grace. They refresh me, restore my sanity, and help me to discern the still small voice of God in my life.

In the busyness of life and especially now during the holiday season, I encourage you to pause and find your own “be still” moments. Maybe it’s a certain place like the coffee shop or some early morning moments while the rest of the house is still sleeping or perhaps by the glow of the Christmas tree lights at night… wherever it is-take time to pause and reflect on your life.

You can never have back the time that has slipped away.

How do you reenergize in the chaos of life?

Weekend Rain

I had good intentions for Saturday. I would awake early, exercise, clean, do other important things…but I slept on.

The pitter patter of rain with occasional rumblings of thunder. It’s a good day to sleep. Or read. Or do anything but what I should do.

Life has been completely spinning. This month, I spent 3 intensive weeks at a training. In between all that, we moved our daughter back to college. Work is busy with a lot going on. My house is screaming clean me!!

Yet, right now, the need to be still outweighs all else.

Still my mind. Still my body. Still my soul.

Listen to the rhythm of the rain.

Breathe in and trust everything will be okay in its own time.

As farmers appreciate the rain as soul food for their crops, I appreciate the rain as the permission this morning to be still.

Sometimes, you just need to listen to the rain.