Let Go – and Hold On – This Christmas

faith, love and hope Friends, we are not the same women, wives or mothers we were last week.  We knew then, but now know with terrible certainty, that life is unpredictable.  That we cannot control every outcome.  That our time with the ones we love is finite.  So, in this final week before Christmas, let’s all let go of the things that do not matter, the things that block our faith, hope and love.  And let’s hold on to the things that do matter, the things that give our lives meaning, peace and joy.

Let’s  decide to let go of:

  • Fear – We can’t control everything, and that is scary.  I’m going to prepare for the things I can control, and try to leave the rest to God.  (I fail at this repeatedly, but am going to keep trying.)
  • Unrealistic expectations – Perfect gifts, perfect food, perfect holiday, perfect children, perfect husband – they don’t exist.  Let them go.
  • Control – Related to unrealistic expectations, we often feel the need to control everything.  We can’t, we shouldn’t, and we need to stop trying.  Attempts to control sap our energy and joy and say to other people, “I don’t trust you to do it right.”
  • Petty angers, annoyances and jealousies – In this season of giving, let’s give others the gift of grace and forgiveness for the small ways they’ve hurt or annoyed us.

Let’s determine to hold onto:

  • Faith – My faith was jarred by the tragic events in Newtown.  When a friend asked on Facebook, “Where was “God” on Friday?” I didn’t have a good answer.  The answers I could muster would sound glib or “religious” to a non-Christian, so I said nothing.  But I’m choosing to hold onto my faith, to my belief that God is good and ultimately in control, and I hope that you will too.
  • People – You know this as well as I do, but sometimes we forget – all of the good things in our lives begin and end with the people in our lives.  Everything else – things, schedules, events, places, traditions – pales in comparison to the value of the people around us.  Let’s hold on to them and let them know that they mean everything to us.
  • Joy in the small things -Let’s decide to enjoy the simplest things – cooking dinner, listening to Christmas music, sitting around the tree, baking messy cookies and wrapping messy presents with our kids, walking outside, enjoying intimacy with our husbands.

Joy and blessings, Gaye

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10 thoughts on “Let Go – and Hold On – This Christmas

  1. Allowing ourselves to “just be” in a healthy manner by letting things go and by holding onto what matters most is such as great message. Always a treat from you.
    Thank you for sharing and linking up to the Empowered Living hop. I hope to see you back in the new year. Till then have a Happy Holiday.

  2. I’ll join you with letting the bad go and embracing the good. It’s too easy to get wrapped up in the bad things that we lose sight of what is really important.

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week’s Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I’m following you.

    If you have time, we’d love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven’t already! We are hosting a great giveaway too which is a wonderful opportunity to give some extra exposure to you lovely blog. Come and link up, enter the giveaway and celebrate the coming weekend with us!

    Aloha,

    Jean {What Jean Likes}

    • Thanks so much, Jean. Yes, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the stresses and strains of the season. I’m trying not to do that! I will definitely link up with you again this week.

      Gaye

  3. What a great post – one that I really needed to read today. Letting go of these things is such a great reminder, especially at this time of year, but also at any time of the year.
    Thanks happy holidays to you Gaye…:-)
    xo Raquel

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