Apologies for not posting last week. As you know, I am transitioning from part-time to full-time again and it’s taking some adjustment.

I am working on 2022 plans for this blog and a few other projects, including the poetry book, and will announce those as they get closer to completion. I’m very excited about them but also very busy.

All that being said, I got this. You got this. Whatever this currently is in your season of life, you can handle it, overcome it, change it, make it, break it, whatever you need to do to get it done and end the year strong.

Why?

Because God’s got this. No matter what’s going on in the world or in our lives, God is still in control. He is still faithful and present, even when we get lost in the shuffle of Christmas festivities. He is there even if we face this season alone. He is there even if we’re dreading the end of 2021 and looking at 2022 with anxiety.

Christmas is an easy season in which to find tension, whether it be with family, friends, or ourselves. I know I can’t be the only one who looks back on the year a little frustrated that I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do. There’s always next year isn’t exactly a helpful mantra when you want to move forward but feel a little stuck. It’s easy to blame yourself or others for the stress of the season, but this season was never meant to carry this much stress or tension. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year and it can be, if we choose to focus on the anticipation and celebration of Christ’s birth instead of making Christmas all about ourselves and materialism.

Don’t give anxiety more power than it already has. Find practical ways to alleviate the tension – maybe you skip some traditions or gatherings. Maybe you create a gift budget for the first time. Maybe you drop some of the sugar and focus on your health. Maybe you opt for the Charlie Brown tree instead of decorating like a magazine feature. That’s your call to action this week – find something, someway to cut out the stress this year. End the year feeling lighter and less lost.

It’s God’s season anyway. Choose to focus on Him.

Written by Meg Diefenbacher

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