The word of the day is "overwhelmed." Let's say it together: Overwhelmed.
That's me. That's the state of mind I've been in for the last couple of weeks; since Thanksgiving, anyway.
Up until then, I was doing OK. Even hosting the big day wasn't a big deal. Since then, we've replaced 18-year-old appliances, a tattered sofa (where the cushion stuffing was falling out), and I went from part-time to full-time at work.
The appliances came the day after Thanksgiving and the sofa a week later. I still don't have my Christmas tree up.
It's depressing... and frustrating...and overwhelming.
I know the reason for the season is Jesus, and I don't want to lose sight of that. However, I still have commitments to keep.
I am crocheting a toddler-sized afghan for someone to give as a Christmas gift. I have a blog to write. I am taking an online Excel class to improve my skills and earn a certificate. I'm writing a novel with my 13 year old.
Along the way, my 13 year old is struggling with certain classes, my guy is working full-time but is approaching retirement, my youngest has projects due, we're trying to manage the household and meals together and still keep some semblance of peace in a household full of hormonal women. (My poor guy.... <heavy sigh>).
Now, add that it's Christmas season, and I feel like I'm losing my mind.
MY TREE ISN'T UP YET!
There are no Christmas cards ready to send. There are no Christmas cookies baked. There are no presents wrapped. In fact, I just got lists from my kids 3 days ago.
Yesterday, I got some bad news in an email from one of my girl's teachers. By the time I got home, I was a stressed out wreck. There was nothing planned for dinner, and no one had any suggestions.
We managed. I prayed. "Lord, I need your help more than ever, because I am not strong enough to manage this stuff on my own. No way."
My husband is a wise man. He helped me, but didn't say much, stayed out of my way in the kitchen, but held me in great big hugs when and for as long as I needed. He is a good man.
Three hundred plus words to get to how Charlie Brown and Linus brought calm to my Christmas season.
I use Pandora on my iPhone at work, and I chose all Christmas music today. I needed something to help me get into the Christmas spirit.
On my lunch break, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across this article: The Moment You Never Noticed in A Charlie Brown Christmas on Godvine, originally published by Jason Soroski on his blog The Way I See It.
Read the post - it's SO good! The author, Jason, referred to a scene in the Charlie Brown Christmas special that I referred to in my last blog post, How I'm keeping things in perspective this Christmas season.
It's the scene where Linus interrupts the "rehearsal" to explain to Charlie Brown what Christmas is all about. It's about Jesus - Emmanuel - God with us.
In the middle of the speech, Linus drops his blue security blanket the very moment he declares, "Fear not!" He drops the one thing he never lets go of.
Hmmm....fear not. Be not afraid. Don't worry. Don't stress. I could suddenly hear God speaking to my spirit, "Knock it off, dummy! I've got this!" in regards to everything going in my life.
Just then, Pandora jumped on the bandwagon and played the tune "Linus and Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi; it's the tune the group of kids is dancing to onstage right before Linus' speech.
Suddenly, I knew that I didn't have to carry the stress on my shoulders any more. Right then, I knew that God was using the good things I know here and now to let me know everything is going to be OK.
Trust and obey. Let go and let God. Don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow has enough trouble of it's own.
I'd love to say that I have perfect peace about everything, but that would be a lie.
Evenso, I can honestly say that Charlie Brown and Linus did bring calm to my Christmas season. Thanks Charles Schulz, Vince Guaraldi and Jason Soroski for pointing me toward what really matters.
And.... just like sprinkles on top of Christmas cookies, Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here" is now playing on Pandora. I get it. Got it.
Thank you, Jesus.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
How are you doing this Christmas season? How are you feeling?
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