“I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life [to your holidays?]
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ [How will all the things get done?!] These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:25-34 [emphasis mine]
This is the key, friends. So the cookies burned. The gifts aren’t wrapped. The turkey’s still frozen. The trip to the Christmas tree farm isn’t going to happen. The Christmas card photos didn’t turn out quite like you hoped.
Are your kids happy? How’s your attitude towards your family, co-workers, spouse? What does your heart look like these potentially busy days? These are the things that matter. I know you know and live that, but sometimes it’s helpful to hear again.
Decline that millionth invitation, even if it’s a fun one. Skip the cookie baking and grab a dozen pre-cut + pre-made icing at the grocery. Find the candle, the music , the verse that calms your heart and rock it – don’t save it until you’re falling apart. Light it now, listen to it now, read it and hold it close now. Ditch the crazy event or the shopping and go on a family walk instead. Use your slow-cooker to keep dinner simple. Do what YOU need to do to enjoy this season in its entirety – from falling leaves to falling snow.
Let it go, friends, and let your heart be light.
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life [to your holidays?] #LessStressHolidays <– tweet this!
Let it go, friends, and let your heart be light. #LessStressHolidays <– tweet this!
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