Can you believe that we're well into November already? Sheesh! Sneeze, and the holiday season will be upon us and we'll be staring at this.
Nice, huh? But do you notice the pressure beginning to mount right about now? A lump that slides down your throat? Or a slight catch in your breath?
|Our Christmas tree last year|
Yeah, me, too. Writing deadlines. Thinking of perfect gift ideas. Venturing out among the swarm of holiday shoppers and fighting traffic (I don't do traffic well). Holiday parties. Baking. Cleaning the house...
You fill in the blank for your family. The never ending to-do list is enough to make a person want to crawl back under the covers and hide until the season's over. Right?
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him,
whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Isaiah 26:3 TLB
I kind of lose my balance on those days that I miss my sweet communion with Him, don't you? I firmly believe that God knows how much I miss worshiping at His feet, and He gives me simple pleasures to dwell on His goodness throughout the day. Like these:
The soothing sound of a fountain or the peacefulness of a quick walk around the park
A comforting cup of hot chocolate
Warm, fuzzy slippers
A perfect, North Carolina blue sky
Crazy animal antics
A hug or smile from one of these sweeties
Simple pleasures that mean so much. Simple pleasures that take my mind off of insignificant details and the busyness of the season, and help me focus on Him and His love for us.
What are the simple pleasures God plants in your path every day?
How do you destress during the holidays?
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