Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thankful For the Chaos

During the holiday season, life can be stressful! No matter how careful you plan, there are still many tasks that must be completed last minute. I try to accomplish as much as possible ahead of time, and I also try to break down large tasks into small, manageable steps. However, several deadlines are rapidly approaching for me, and I am feeling behind! I stayed up until 1:26 last night wrapping gifts! My master gift list is invaluable! There is no way I could remember who was getting which gift, and what I previously wrapped without that list.

As I began my mental "to do" list this morning, I paused and remembered the verse I have in my sidebar. " Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I quickly made a list of all of my many, many blessings, thanking God for all that He has given me.

I am thankful for:
presents to wrap
people that I love to give presents to
friends and family to host parties for
children to shower with love
a faithful, loving husband to take care of
a house to clean
family to visit
a van to run errands in
a healthy body that can run
food to cook
clothes to wash, fold, and put away
a Savior who was born, and ultimately died for my sins

And so on....for everything I that I had listed on my "to do" list, I could thank God for that very item. Thankfulness produces joy! I am so happy that God has blessed me with my chaos. I will cheerfully work today, reminding myself throughout the day to be joyful always....pray continually...give thanks in all circumstances.....


  1. This is my new favorite bible verse. I have lost count how many times it has been repeated over the last couple of months! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Yes, we have so much to be thankful for!

  3. Well said and so true! Thankfulness DOES produce joy!

  4. Great reality check!

    I am in the same boat today! Overwhelmed with tasks, and feeling like I am getting more and more behind as the days pass by toward Christmas.

    This is a wonderful reminder that all of my tasks stem from wonderful blessings that I have been given!

  5. Roan,

    This is alan smith. I want to get Jimmy something for Christmas. Does he have the book, Once a Runner? Could you email me at bikeracer26@gmail.com and let me know.