Wednesday, December 24, 2014

That Time of Year Again

Sweater:  J.Crew ~ Jeans:  J.Crew ~ Socks:  Forever 21 ~ Boots:  L.L. Bean 
Hair Clip:  J.Crew ~ Scarf:  Forever 21 ~ Ring:  David Yurman

I am having a very hard time believing tomorrow is Christmas.  I work in retail so it doesn’t come as a surprise, but I just cannot believe it is already here.  We stress and we plan, eat and we shop until the big day finally arrives.  There is so much pressure for this one day to be perfect it has almost made me want to just skip it this year.  Both of my grandparents have been in and out of the hospital this month, so it has made me a little less jolly and a little more aware this holiday season.  I’ve tried really hard to get into all the hype, but every time it just feels so hollow and artificial.  Now before you think I’ve gone all Scrooge I must explain to you that while my holiday spirit is lacking my love for my family and friends has grown. 

Being home has been such an incredible blessing so far.  I get so stuck in my routine sometimes I forget to come home and be with people who love me, flaws and all.  Once I gave up trying to force myself to be in the Christmas spirit I kind of figured out a different reason to love this time of year.  All the worries that filled my mind slowly diminished, and I found myself again.  This semester kind of broke me down a bit and I feel like I lost myself somewhere along the way.  Since being home I’ve had conversations filled with laughter and old memories with my friends. Rolled out homemade cookie dough into Christmas cookies with my mom.  Drove down to Opryland with the whole family to see the lights.  Somehow during all of this I slowly have felt my self come back together again.  

To me that is how we all should feel this time of year.  Forget the gifts and the christmas cards and remember who makes you smile.  Be with the people who build you back up again.  I am so grateful to be healthy and to be surrounded by such a loving family and I thank God for the beautiful life he has given us.  Take a moment today and rejoice in the life that is yours.  Fill yourself with the fruit of the spirit and share it with others around you.  I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Mollie Anna

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control 

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