It's been an interesting month in the Whitwer house. Christmas 2007 will go down in our family history books as the holiday of simplicity. And I mean really simple.
I wonder if anyone else has ever gotten to the end of their time and energy, when you figure that not one more thing can be done. I've got boxes of Christmas decorations that are still in a closet. My Christmas cards (bought last year on sale) are waiting on the counter. I've got unmade cookies, unplanned parties, and unseen neighborhood light displays. It's been one of those months - or more accurate to say - one of those years.
In moments throughout my day I look at what I haven't done, and feel like a Christmas failure. After all, some women manage to get everything done, and look good doing it. Why can't I?
But then God reminds me of what I have done:
I have run a home-based business that cares for the needs of my family.
I have supported my husband so he can run his business.
I have attended every holiday concert and sports event this month that my kids have been in (and wrestling meets last for hours).
I have cared for the needs of five children (two of whom need hours of work each day in academics).
I have loved Jesus with all my heart.
No magazine will take pictures of my house this year. Martha Stewart won't want to know my secret for amazing home-made gifts. And I hope my friends and family will forgive me for not sending out Christmas cards for the second year in a row.
Maybe this Christmas is my year to just get down to the nitty-gritty of what's really important. What's really important this time of year is to remember that God sent Jesus as our Savior and He is our only hope in this world for peace and life. And He's our only comfort when we feel like we just can't get it together.
If you feel like a Christmas failure, then come rest in the arms of Jesus for awhile, and be reminded of what's really important.
In His Love,
P.S. After getting over the flu myself, I did manage to make one more dinner that my family loved! It's the easiest recipe ever, called Chicken Roll-ups. Here's the link: http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1639,147162-239200,00.html
P.S.S. We'll be leaving on a family vacation tomorrow for one week. When I resume posting in January, I'll be starting a series on organizing our workplaces. Please join me then.