The biggest gift that I wanted for Christmas was rest and that’s just what we got. We were blessed with lots of family visiting us before and on Christmas day. We enjoyed good food, played lots of games, & were blessed with lots of chaos in our household for several days. But we woke up to a much quieter house, two days after Christmas when it was just the five of us again. I want to say that we spent the week exploring the town & getting out and about, but instead we spent our break just being together at home. And it’s just what we needed. We played games. We watched movies. We unpacked the last of our boxes from moving in six months ago. We enjoyed lazy mornings, afternoons, and evenings just being together. This unstructured downtime finally allowed me to rest and reflect upon the year that we have had. It was wonderful, blessed, & truly one of the best that we have had, but I also realized that this year was just too busy. And trust me, any one that knows me knows that I love to be doing things. I am always up for playdates and nights out. I love getting together with other families for dinners and I am usually the first to volunteer to bring a plate of cookies to the Christmas program. I love to meet friends at night for a drink and am always finding a new project for the house. So yes, I like to be busy, but I learned something this year. There is such a thing as being too busy.
Choosing joy in my life means being more intentional about time. I know I don’t have to do it all & I really can’t do it all, so I am going to strive to use time to bring joy and purpose to our family life. I’m going to pick one or two activities that will bring the most joy to my children and say no to all the others each season. I want to be intentional about making family time a priority and enjoying the everyday moments together. I want to turn our afternoons into less crazy and more downtime. I want to turn our wild and busy weekends into a couple days of rest and enjoyment where we savor being together. I want to be intentional about how we choose our time this year.
Choosing joy in my life also means making more time for myself to rest and relax. It means that I need to learn to say no to all the commitments and must-dos and choosing the ones that bring me most joy. I need to embrace the moments of rest & take some time to enjoy the hobbies that I love the most. I want to be intentional about truly resting and savoring the downtime that I have been given.
Choosing joy in my life also means making our house into a home. I am going to take time to get rid of items in our house that don’t bring joy and bring in only ones that do. I am going to purge and try to keep our house relatively clean. I am going to work on organization in our house and try to create a house with purpose. I am going to be purposeful when I shop for our house, buying items that truly will make our house into a home. I want to be intentional about creating a house full of love and joy.
Choosing joy in my life means trusting & I mean really trusting. Trusting that there is a God that has a plan for our lives that is so much better than any plan that I may be able to think of for my family. So this year, I am going to choose to pray instead of worry. I am going to choose to give up control because in truth, I am not really in control at all. I want to be intentional about trusting & praying because I know there is a Lord out there that knows so much more than can even imagine.