Friday, December 22, 2006

Be still my soul


Psalm 116:7 (msg) "I said to myself, "Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you've been rescued from death; Eye, you've been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling." 

I am SO ready for some vacation time, I can't even adequately express it with words. It has been a physically and emotionally exhausting few months. Fortunately, most things are lining up as far as getting work done that I'll be able to really do that. As far as "Christmas" it shouldn't be so difficult, for any of us, but let's face it, many times it is! Although it's about the Lord, it's also evolved in our culture to be something where certain expectations are there, even aside from the gifts, as far as gathering with people, entertaining, doing all sorts of things. People talk about the commercialization but for me it's more than that that sometimes overwhelms me, it's the activities that I have to be prepared for each time. And I feel like not doing those things is kind of "Scroogy" so I just do them. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a lot of it, but there are a few overwhelming moments at times. 

I got the rest of the Christmas shopping done today, entirely. Larry and I were out, separately - all day. We met up for lunch and dinner, that was it. And we literally were out, he with Dustin, me with Savanna, from morning to night. FINALLY. 

I got to a point standing in a mega line in Wal-mart where I just said, "that's it, not another moment of this once I get out of here..." and I'm...finished. 

Came home and Steven was here to spend the night with the boys. I made them all a fried chicken dinner once I got home, and amazingly didn't even desire to eat any of it. Just doesn't appeal to me like it used to. Wrapped all the gifts and organized them (yes, I organize gifts in sections...they have to be "just right..." which my family thinks is funny. If they put something out I say, "no, no, no...that's not the section it goes in...") I know, I know...obsessive compulsive? Perhaps just a little... It sort of goes along with my habit of straightening salt, pepper, and sugar dispensers on restaurant tables, and straightening pictures in public places. I just can't deal with something out of place. There is divine order to things. Well, maybe not divine order to everything, but...order. 

After cooking, wrapping and cleaning I also did some organizing of my papers and stuff and then went to get my bathing suit on to sit in the jacuzzi but since it's pouring down rain I think I need to just go take my suit off and get in my bathtub with one of these new "bath tea's" that someone gave me for Christmas. They are very intriguing. I guess it's sort of a new kind of aromatherapy. (which I love!) 

It was a packed day, but now it's time to truly...REST, body, mind and soul.

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