We are now about a week and a half away from Christmas... the birthday that we anticipate all year as believers in Christ.
This is my most favorite time of the year! I however, will admit that it is a struggle for me to not become overly busy during this month. Do you struggle with feelings of chaos and stress around the holidays? Do you have the added emotional turmoil of dealing with difficult family or grieving the absence of a loved one? I know that the holidays can bring many unwanted thoughts and feelings for some of us as well.
I recently read something that really impacted me. It's a quote by a woman named Hannah Whitall Smith, who lived in the mid 1800's to early 1900's. Read what she has to say and see if you can take something away from it to soothe your soul...
"Do you recollect the delicious sense of rest with which you have sometimes gone to
bed at night, after a day of great exertion and weariness? How delightful was the
sensation of relaxing every muscle, and letting your body go in a perfect abandonment
of ease and comfort. The strain of the day had ceased for a few hours at least, and the work
for the day had been thrown off. You no longer had to hold up an aching head or a weary
back. You trusted yourself to the bed in an absolute confidence, and it held you up, without
effort, or strain, or even thought on your part. You rested. Let this analogy teach you what
it means to rest on the Lord. Let your souls lie down upon His sweet will, as your bodies
lie down in your beds at night, Relax every strain and lay off every burden. Let yourselves
go in perfect abandonment of ease and comfort, sure that when He holds you up you are