"Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 106:1
It's hard to believe that it is that time of year again. The weather is changing and we are already seeing Christmas decorations on houses, and in stores. While many embrace the change, some find it stressful. Why is such a fun, festive, and beautiful time of year stressful? Much of the stress comes from the expectations that many feel during this season. Company and family get-togethers top the list for many. As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the stress can build when we consider that Christmas is right around the corner.
Are you one of those people who feel a higher level of anxiety during this time of year? Perhaps you are more introverted, and you know you will have to spend more time with many people. Maybe you will have to spend more time with family members that you have a somewhat contentious relationship with. Whatever the reason, the stress you feel is not abnormal. We all feel it to one extent or another. Let's face it, some people, even some family members, can be tough to deal with.
So, how can we overcome the stress that accompanies the holidays? One thing we can do is "pause." Even though your schedule may be hectic, it is important that you take time to pause from it all. By pausing, and taking a few deep breaths, we can ponder all the ways in which we truly are blessed. Pausing allows us to remember how God has watched over us and protected us over the past months and years. Pausing gives us the time to reflect on life, and even prioritize our busy holiday schedules.
This holiday season, do not neglect to pause from everything and focus on God, and how He has truly blessed us. The thankfulness will follow.
From my family to yours, have a wonderful, and blessed, Thanksgiving!