Day 7: Come and Find Rest


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-29


Anyone else tend to overdo it sometimes?  I tend to be a “go big or go home” type of girl… my husband is always telling me that (while shaking his head at me too).  And this time of the year is no exception. Sometimes I tend to get caught up in “doing” too much.  I want to make this season as special for our boys as it was for me growing up.

Just the other day the boys and I met up with Chase in town to do a little Christmas shopping after he got off work.  I thought we might as well drive over and see the wonderful light display not too far from our home.  I rambled off that we could shop, grab a coffee, and head over to look at the lights and then head home to do the chores and get dinner.  In my head it sounded amazing, but Chase looked at me and said “why must you always try to put a thousand things on our plate?”  And he was right… sometimes trying to make things special in our own power runs us ragged.

For me it is really easy to get caught up in making sure the Christmas tree is perfect and finding a place my nativity scene won’t get broken and hanging the greenery with sparkling lights, doing all the things that I think will make it special.  But Jesus is the true reason the season is special… and here he invites us in, to slow down, to rest in the comfort of his presence.  It is from this place that we will truly be able to enjoy the process of this season and make it more about “being” and less about “doing”.


The Johnston’s



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