I have purposed in my heart to keep most surfaces fairly simple this year, as opposed to many vignettes, and shelves laden with every holiday decor item we possess, but that's also a rather subjective opinion, as my "simple" is another person's "gaudy" or "barren." After it was all said and done, I was pleased with the fruits of my effort and my eyes had places to rest. I think that is more important to me this year, than ever before. The overstimulation of the season usually takes its toll on me by mid-December and I feel the need to change things- or rather, every THING.
I dislike that feeling and wonder if anyone else can relate. I can allow myself to get so caught up in bedecking the halls that I forget the lofty end-goal in my mind- peace and rest and pressing in to Jesus. Twinkle lights swim before my eyes and Pinterest boards swell with ideas as I strive to create the picture perfect house... not to mention the blog house tour reveal that so many of us share just for the fun of it. Really, how silly I am, but I must keep it honest for my own sake. I am always a work in progress... but ever pressing on to do better. Not better in the ways of the world, but better in my heart. Better with my finances. Better with my intentional focusing on the ultimate Reason for this blessed season. All around better, in a non-picture perfect way. A behind-the-scenes kind of way.
|(Image taken from my Instagram feed- @Lemonademakinmama)|
I needed to write reminders on my chalkboards because my focus wanders somewhere between choosing the perfect gift wrap, and coming up with coordinating stripey straws for the annual hot cocoa station. I hate to admit it, but it does. It's this season, more than any other, where I feel the words so keenly, of Robert Robinson, in Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, penned in the year 1757.
"Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above."
I can only speak for myself, but there is a balance to be found in my own heart, as I delight in creating a warm and welcoming holiday environment, to what I let my heart focus on when it slides into holiday neutral.
It's always a choice, but it is one I must make every effort to be intentional about, as the hustle and bustle begin. I will eventually share photos of my holiday home of course because that is so fun... but I'm trying to stake my claim squarely in the middle of what matters most, first and I know that for me, it begins like this.
How about you? Do you struggle with being intentional during this season? Do you find that the season is over and done before you can blink? Do you then beat yourself up with guilt because you didn't do what you hoped you would do? Or have you found a way to navigate the holidays in ways that benefit your family and those around you? How do you press in? How do you make each day count during this busy season? I'd love to hear your comments about what has worked or not worked for you in the past and support each other in this.
Cause ready or not... here we go! (wink)