Would you believe it’s taken me over a week to fully enter this New Year?!
It’s taken me that long to recover from December – which did not go as planned.
I had a crazy allergic reaction that started Thanksgiving weekend, and by the time I lost my voice 2 weeks in, we started to suspect that I might be allergic to our Christmas tree.
So mid-December. my wonderful husband and son banished me to the basement for a few hours while they un-decorated the tree, took it outside, cleaned all the ornaments and lights, manhandled the artificial tree from the attic, put it up, threw the ornaments and lights on it, and vacuumed everything.
If you have ever lost your voice you know how exhausting it is.
I spent a lot of time in the recliner.
I did almost all of my Christmas shopping from that chair.
(God bless Amazon and the UPS drivers.)
I watched every single new Hallmark Christmas Movie. And some old ones.
I listened to hours of Christmas music.
And I discovered that my kids and husband are rock stars.
They dipped, baked, mashed, rolled, wrapped, and vacuumed my entire to-do list.
Everything. Even the things I had given up on.
They each took a part of our big Christmas Eve meal and made it happen. It literally showed up in front of me on the table they had beautifully decorated.
It was a humbling and beautiful gift to realize that after years of making Christmas for them, they could now make Christmas for me.
Yep. December was quite a month.
My voice is finally back, and my energy is returning.
And even though December did not go as I planned, I can see God’s hand in it all.
Faithful and kind.
My prayer journal is full of so many answered prayers.
And I am thankful.
I can say like Samuel –
“Thus far has the Lord helped us.” (1 Samuel 7: 12)
I’ve been letting that truth soak deep inside the last few days.
But I think I’m ready now.
Let’s see what God has in store for 2018!
I guess it’s no wonder I’m slowly moving into 2018.