I’m down today with a virus.
Hardly the way I planned to begin the month of December, but here I am.
My living room is filled with luggage from our Thanksgiving road trip to my mom and dad’s home (we got in last night).
My kids have been watching DVD’s and snuggling in their rooms all day.
Our dryer gave up the ghost the morning we left on our trip last week, so my husband did some last minute Craig’s List shopping this morning. I’m thankful to have a working dryer for all those loads of laundry downstairs!
My kids are so anxious to put up the Christmas decorations and finish trimming the tree. I told them soon. Just as soon as Mommy can get out of bed without feeling like the world is spinning.
My husband asked me this afternoon, “So what are your plans for today?”
Of course he was grinning when he said it. Here I am, lying in bed in my jammies, my hair in a wild pony tail left-over from last night.
It hardly matters what my plans were for the day! Today I am resting and thankful I can keep down a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.
Our days don’t always look like what we imagined, do they?
Sickness, stress, inconveniences, financial issues, interruptions… so many variables mess with our neatly planned schedules and shoot down our expectations.
Today, I’m reminded to just lean into the reality of my days and embrace grace for right now.
The cleaning, decorating, unpacking, baking, and all the other “productive” plans I had for my day will wait. Today I am enjoying the extra snuggles with my little man, being served and just a bit spoiled by my kids, husband and sister.
Lord willing, I’ll be back on my feet in a day or two and all the things on my “to do” list will eventually get done… But I’m praying I can carry a little quietness with me through this season.
Lower my expectations and just embrace and enjoy each day as it comes.
What about you? Are there some expectations you need to lower just a bit?
What will your Christmas season look like if you choose to relax a little and embrace the daily grace God has promised you?