Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stop stressing. Be a blessing!

Last night, my husband reprimanded me gently. He said that the true joy of Christmas is in the giving. I scowled. With just a couple of weeks left before Christmas, I have not done any gift shopping at all. Just the thought filled me with dread. Just the thought stressed me out. I have three little kids to attend to, deadlines to meet. Most importantly, I have no desire to go out and get caught in the mess called traffic jams.

Christmas wasn't happening in my mind and my heart. I used to love Christmas. I really did love the season! Then I became a mom and to me, now, the holiday season just means stress.

Vince listened to me rant about the time I'll have to spend shopping and wrapping presents. He looked really disappointed that I was not excited about the holidays at all. Then he quietly reminded me what the heart of the season was: giving.

My selfishness was getting the best of me. But my stubborn heart insisted that I had a point—I really don't have the time or the energy! My reasons were valid. I refused to listen to my husband, even though I knew he was right.

Then today, an e-book was sent to me, like out of nowhere. It was Keep Christmas Holy by Making It Hassle-Free by Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer. It was a book on parties, with recipes to boot. I thought, "What a strange party book!" and scanned it half-heartedly. And I knew in an instant God was talking to me when these verses leapt out at me:
Proverbs 18:16a, “Giving a gift can open doors;” (NLT) 
Proverbs 31:20, “She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].” (AMP) 
Nehemiah 8:12, “So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.” (NLT) 
Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

I refused to listen to my husband—never a good thing!—so my God talked to me. I was instantly rebuked! This whole season is not about me, and it will never be about me. No matter how I feel, I must always remember that every day of my life—and especially in the season of giving!—is about serving God, my family and others!

So if you, like me, are feeling the holiday stress, pause, take a deep breath and relax. This is an opportunity for us to serve God by celebrating our loved ones. Let's be a blessing!

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2 comments:

  1. ayan! si god n ng hanap ng way for sis! :) christmas is love! happy shopping sis hehe

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  2. Always a refreshing and inspiring read Topaz Mommy. Love the part "I refused to listen to my husband—never a good thing!—so my God talked to me. I was instantly rebuked! This whole season is not about me, and it will never be about me. No matter how I feel, I must always remember that every day of my life—and especially in the season of giving!—is about serving God, my family and others!" . Indeed this season is not about us :)

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