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Take a Deep Breath

 | by Aimee Beard

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
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The Holidays are here, and they are in full swing. We have the concerts, parties, end of year events, and everything else we are expected to attend festively dressed while carrying a covered dish. Every year I do my best to make it all look effortless because I want my family to have the perfect Christmas memories. While I am diligent to teach them all about the reason we celebrate, I think I forget sometimes that my children are learning by example. What I emphasize, the way I plan our time, how I handle busyness, and the way I show love are what they will remember most.   

Believe me I completely know how it goes…little brother has a school concert on Monday, work party on Tuesday, church on Wednesday, another concert on Thursday and so on, and so on. I sometimes get so wrapped up in the going that I forget to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment that I'm in. I can actually remember watching a Christmas program that my youngest son was performing in and just counting the minutes until it was over. Not because I didn't want to see him but because I was feeling the pressure of all that we were doing and I didn't want the family to miss out on anything.    

What I have learned, when I feel the pressure of busyness and life weighing down on me, is this…Grace is simple, love is simple, and faith is simple. There is Grace for me to accomplish all that needs to be done while loving every moment I get to live. The Grace of God is like the air I breathe and it is all around me, all the time. If I can just breathe it in and receive it by faith, God promises he will go to work on my behalf.  I found that God cares about the things I care about, I know this because the scripture says 1 Peter…

1 Peter 5:7 

            Casting all your cares (all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares about you (with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully). AMP 

I know that includes every Christmas party, school concert, and every memory my children will make this year.  So when I start to feel the pressure of making everything perfect, I remember that my response is what is most important. By faith I take that deep breathe of Grace in and allow God to do what he does best and make my way perfect.  This is what the season is all about, the free Gift of Grace that Jesus came to give us because he loves us so much.   This is the kind memory I want my kids to have…not one where Mom was so busy that she was always stressed out, instead I want them to remember me taking in that deep breathe and choosing to enjoy every moment…That is what I call a perfect Christmas memory.  


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