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.....