A day after Christmas day. How was your December 25? How’s the last chapter of 2023 going for you?
It felt like a long time, years even, have passed since I posted here. I was going to blog about some milestones, but then life happened. Hell week (actually, months) took place when the space we are living in had little to no water in October. That’s when the renovation started, along with mind-numbing decisions being made and heartrending arguments. Now, there are parts unfinished with nobody to work on them since it’s the holidays. There’s also the sickness (not Covid) that’s going around, which the children and I caught in November.
Thanks be to God
Yet, I choose to be grateful that our main problem: water, had been solved. And relationships are mostly okay. That we are healthy, most of the time; and that family members are safe. I praise God we have things that we need. For this cool climate we are currently experiencing. The shirts and the pants on the clothesline sway with reckless abandon in the breeze. Clouds move as if there’s a stream in the sky and sometimes they’ll get swollen with moisture then light rain falls.
I am glad that the kids got well before their Christmas break and only missed a little school work. They also got to play dress-up in their Christmas costume parties and ate party food and had fun. We were able to gather with relatives both from hubby’s side and then my side for dinner and some quality time. And with hubby’s high school friends as well.
Christmas morning, we opened gifts as usual, especially the children, who were still excited. We are thankful for the gifts, that we are in their thoughts.
“It’s okay to not be okay.”
There are many people who are struggling in different aspects. For them, this season may be melancholic or a reminder of what was lost. I think it’s okay to not be ready to celebrate. They must not be forced to “cheer up”, but being present for them matters. They might just want the last chapter of their 2023 to be peaceful and truly restful. Here are some things that for me are okay:
- It’s okay to not be okay… Cry to the Lord.
- It’s okay to be weird… We are uniquely created by God.
- It’s okay to say no… And still be a God’s child.
- It’s okay to take it slow… Rest in the Lord.
I have not achieved anything big, but I am proud I persevered in reading the whole Bible with the help of the Bible app and the Bible Project devotional. Also, I reached my reading goal on Goodreads, and then some.
Here’s to hoping you are having a meaningful and memorable Christmas, from my family to yours.
May the Lord grant the broken world His peace, as the new year begins.