I’m a little behind…

I’m a little behind. Four words that perfectly describe my life right now.

As I write, it’s December 5th, and I just started reading my Advent devotional. I’m a few days behind in my plan to read through the Bible in a year.

It’s Saturday, and I’ve only run two out of the four days I planned to this week.

My house is a mess. My laundry pile is akin to Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m pretty sure you could start calling me Old Mother Hubbard since my cupboards are so bare from the lack of a visit to the grocery store.

Christmas cards? Yep….haven’t done those in years.

I haven’t baked a single Christmas cookie, and I’ve only bought three presents so far. Three. We’re less than 3 weeks to Christmas and I haven’t even scratched the surface of my Christmas shopping. And then I have to wrap them. Oy vey.

I’m a little behind turns into I need to catch up. And with it comes more thoughts.

Run. Hurry. There’s no time. Pressure. Stress.

And then…

Grumpy. Edgy. Where did my love go?

STOP!!!!!

So teach us to number (prepare, set) our days that we may cultivate and bring to You a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)

Instead, You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life.
As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending,
and I know true joy and contentment. (Psalm 16:11)

No pressure or stress there – just a beautiful life.

No edgy or grumpy here – just pleasures and joy and contentment.

Isn’t that lovely?

I may be a little behind, but at least I started. Running twice this week is better than not running at all.

Maybe I just won’t bake as many cookies this year, which may be a blessing in disguise! (Fewer cookies = less running 🙂 )

I’ve yet to get up on Christmas morning to no presents under the tree.

It’ll get done. It always does. But how it gets done is up to me. It’ll either be with grace and joy and love or it’ll be with pressure and stress and the grumpys.

I choose. You choose.

How?

By staying plugged in to the source of love and joy and grace. By staying plugged in to His presence.

By letting go of the unrealistic expectations we set for ourselves of what HAS to get done and how perfect everything has to be.

I still need to catch up. I’m still a little behind. But I choose strength and grace and joy while I’m doing it.

Lord, help us set our days to include joy instead of pressure. To choose grace instead of stress. Help us stay on the path to a beautiful life. Make us more aware of your constant and abiding presence within and the grace and strength it brings.

Let everything we do and think and say be influenced by and saturated with Your love, and help us give You away to everyone we meet.

Amen…

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