Joanna Gaines has nuthin’ on me!!!
Once I married David, I swung the holiday pendulum from my grumpy pre-teen years, barricaded in my room… to going ALL OUT and totally overdoing EVERYTHING!
As early as Halloween, the Christmas tree would come out.
I had Christmas villages and moving characters buzzing merrily throughout the house. I had the whole animated Disney crew AND all of Winnie the Pooh.
Every package under the tree was wrapped PERFECTLY in coordinating paper with matching bows that were tied as if they were competing for an award.
I recruited David and Austin, and as soon as Ashtyn was born, I indoctrinated her to help.
It wasn’t holiday cheer… it just meant WORK to them.
In case it’s not clear to you, my aggressive Christmas spirit wasn’t due to my love for the holiday. Apparently, I was just trying to compensate for something else.
Then, there’s always that moment… sitting on the foot of the bed… looking around… and everything looks great! Looks PERFECT!
But we can’t figure out why we still feel so EMPTY!
The truth HIT me like a ton of bricks when I realized my massive Christmases weren’t about EVERYONE ELSE enjoying the holiday, at all.
It was a whole lot about ME and my feelings of insecurity. Me masking and covering the PAIN from my past.
We desperately try to rearrange our INNER feelings by making EXTERNAL changes, instead of internal ones.
(That last statement stung a little bit to type.)
The perfect Christmas needs no tinsel. It involves spending quality time with the people you love most. PERIOD
FALL BACK into God’s loving arms!
The reality is, if we could help ourselves, we would have fixed stuff a LONG time ago!
Are you still trying to fix yourself? (“Y” or “N”)
Friend— we’ve got LOTS more to talk about!
I finally shared all my secrets… the junk I’ve tried to hide my whole life… that I NEVER wanted anyone to find out about.
But, God wants me to use my story to help you avoid the pain that I experienced in my life.
Check out my book, “I Will Thrive,” TODAY! Or gift it to a friend for Christmas!