Every year, as we put away the decorations from Christmas, I'm left feeling slightly empty, with a house that looks bare and lacking. It's a hard thing to admit because most folks are heading into the New Year full of joy, hope, plans and expectancy. For me, the hope is definitely there and the plans are there also. Yet, the fresh slate is also stained with the Post-Christmas blues that always get me.
Instead of letting the heavy feeling win, I've had to intentionally shake it off and make this first week of the new year, a week filled with joy. A week intentionally enjoyed, because that is my word for the year after all. Even if it means turning long evenings alone with the kids into special evenings, by hitting the store for a special treat right before bedtime. We search and when we look hard enough, we find joy.
It's been a searching and finding kind of week and I'm giving thanks to God tonight for grace in unexpected places. The kids and I've had unexpected play dates with friends. We've turned boring dinners into special moments by lighting candles and turning on music. After one of those ordinary dinners, the kids got to share a tiny s'more made in the microwave. Judah said the candlelight helps his s'more become fancy. Microwave s'mores by candlelight....that's the kind of week that it's been. Slightly ironic and definitely sweet.
This week I've discovered that my home doesn't need to be perfectly peaceful, filled with sleeping children for me to break out my Bible. Why did I think that they needed to be napping or that I needed to spend time with God before the awoke in the morning? I'm not sure but, I know that I was mistaken. Sure, trying to intentionally spend time with God when they're awake is bound to have more interruptions but, let's just be honest and say that it's so good for them to see us reading our Bibles and also, we need that refreshment during the day.
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