I heard Amy Grant’s “I Need a Silent Night” on the radio today and boy, did it speak to my heart. I wanted to yell, “YES!!! I need a Silent Night.”
“I need a silent night, a holy night
To hear an angel voice through the chaos and the noise
I need a midnight clear, a little peace right here
To end this crazy day with a silent night.”
We are at the height of the Christmas season. Ten days until Christmas. Count them. TEN. Have you finished all of your shopping? We tried to keep things easier this year and instead of buying gifts for extended family just for the sake of buying something, we made donations in their names instead. We bought a few gifts for each of our children (Santa brings 3 and we give them 1-2 more), and thanks to Amazon Prime, everything is conveniently hidden in plain boxes in my closet. And even though the gifts are bought, I’m still finding myself in this constant state of just being BUSY. Between Christmas parties, and weekly ballet practice, piano lessons, football practice, basketball practice, and choir practice, where is the time to just….. be? When will the day come when we can not rush from one place to the next and just relax and enjoy the mundane moments?
With all of our responsibilities, it’s hard to balance it all, isn’t it Moms? And how important it is for us to have balance so we’re not ready to be committed to the local asylum. (I see you nodding your heads. I know you understand! A silent padded room sounds kind of nice, right?!)
I don’t know about you, but it’s time for me to take a step back and re-evaluate my priorities as a wife and Mom. This has been my busiest season yet as a photographer. And due to overbooking family Christmas sessions, I allowed myself to get so busy that I ended up giving my family the worst part of me. I was stressed, and when I get stressed, I am c-r-a-n-k-y. “What!? You don’t have any socks? Where are your school uniform pants? You HAVE to wear THOSE pants. What do you mean your clothes are all still dirty? Oh, and you have a test today? Did you even study?” Let’s just say my sweet husband ended up folding and putting up several loads of laundry and unloading the dishwasher for me several times. And there were a few weeks where I didn’t help my kids review what they needed to know for their weekly tests because I was too busy taking care of everything else I needed to do for my clients. They got their Christmas cards in time to mail out, but I have no idea if my children were ready for their spelling and vocab tests. Open and honest. #momfail
I have yet to read The Best Yes. As I was typing out this blog post, that book title came to mind. I’m taking it as a wink from God. In fact, I just took a moment to order it on Amazon. (If you do not have Amazon Prime, you are missing out people!) Lysa writes, “… Remember the decisions you make determine the schedule you keep. The schedule you keep determines the life you live. And how you live your life determines how you spend your soul.” Those are powerful words. How are we spending our souls?
If you’re reading this and you, too, have a crazy busy schedule, I challenge you to take a step back. Breathe. And make it a point to have a true silent night by reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas and the precious gift of all His grace.
Now, I have a mountain of clothes I need to go fold. : )