Of all days to write a post on peace…Black Friday.
A few years ago, I gave up on Christmas as I had known it.
Christmas that included buying gifts all year long “on sale”, stuffing them under my bed, and then pulling them out one-by-one and discovering I had spent way too much.
I gave up on the Christmas with decorations in every room (can’t forget the bathroom!) Treats to my friends and neighbors even though “baker” isn’t one of the hats I wear too well.
I quit Christmas … and discovered peace.
With the advice from my friend, Karen Ehman, I asked my family, “What are your favorite Christmas traditions?” and I quit the rest.
Here, in this pared down celebration, I have found His peace.
I have peace knowing God is good … even if my decorations, my baking, even the gifts I try so hard to make perfect … aren’t.
Now, I get more rest, which means getting up to spend time with Him in the morning is not as hard. I am a nicer mom, one who actually looks forward to December instead of the one who dreaded it.
I’ve found His peace.
Sometimes, finding peace, or joy, or love, especially during this frantic time we’ve created called “Christmas” can be so difficult. Our expectations push all all our buttons and the woman we had hoped to be during this holy time is felt far behind.
Maybe, like me, visual reminders help.
That is why my daughter, Madi and I, designed the Magnetic bracelet. Madi wears her’s every time she goes to work. It is a visual reminder to her, while serving people, to display what I call the “captivating characteristics” or what the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit. It is also a great reminder to pray for the women Fashion and Compassion empower – those who are especially vulnerable during this time of the year. A time of the year when every one is painfully reminded of the ways they want to support their families, but some struggle to do so.
Today, I’m giving away a signed copy of Magnetic along with the Magnetic bracelet to one reader. To be enter to win, share below an area of your life that lacks peace right now. Then, let’s pray for each other – each one praying for the woman who commented right before your’s. If your Friday is a little frenzied, just say, “I’m in!” I’ll announce the winner next week!