Monday I'll find out who my secret Santa is. They have been so good to me!
I did not blog yesterday as I really needed to get so much done at work and I really needed today off to finish getting ready for Christmas. So it worked. There is much to do but none of it so critical it couldn't wait until next week.
So here I sit and able to enjoy coffee and blog before I dive into the day.
This year, like all the others, has been stressful. Having had lessons in "boundaries" and relying on God in the challenging times, and a supportive spouse this season, and wonderful friends, I've been able to manage and keep a good spirit in the madness.
It seems like the devil has tried to knock me down at every angle and at every opportunity. And even the ones you think should be giving you the most love and support - can give you more grief than anyone. So it helps to be equipped.
I am so thankful that I have had lessons in "YOU are ENOUGH" and "Self-Care" and how you talk to yourself in your own head and getting rid of unhealthy negative thoughts that we tend to do by saying to ourselves "I guess I'm not good enough" or "maybe I'm not a good person" or "I'm so stupid" or any of those things we tell ourselves when the world gives us kickback.
I am thankful during the stress of the holidays that I can sip my coffee and have faith. That I am equipped in my psyche to get through it. And that I know what my body, mind, and soul needs. I also realize that I am human, fall short, and will never be able to meet every ones needs and expectations during the holidays. And I am equipped now to not beat myself up for it nor to have expectations so high myself that others cannot meet my own.
I am thankful for the blessings of the season and that this year I have learned to have gratitude and that has been a gift alongside the nutrition - what a surprise!
At 55 I've learned and grown so much this year and probably more than any single year since getting the Master's Degree, lol. I've also learned that the proper nutrition gives balance to your body and helps with stress, self control, peace and sits alongside with the fruits of the spirit somehow. If you don't feel good and don't take care of yourself, it's hard to have these things below. God says for us to take care of our temple. And then HE can reside in it.
So as the hustle and bustle and negativity (aka "darts") come at you. Remember these things. Don't let it bring you down.
But think upon these things when your mind starts to nose dive:
And when you lay down at night, remember God said we can REST in HIM. How wonderful is it that we can let him take the burdens, as we rest and ask Him to "take this from me, Father, and fix it b/c it's greater than me". What pure and beautiful sleep comes from that.
It's amazing isn't it being equipped with what you need to fend off the evil one and his entanglements, which would include those things opposite of all the above. How you deal with life and how successful you are at finding happiness, comes from within and how you handle your day. So be equipped and decide to have a happy day.