002: Tis the Season to Rest | Gratitude & Peace in Every Situation

Yesterday, I suggested reflecting on previous Christmas seasons and what you’re thankful for.

Today, I will share a little testimony with you.  The day before Thanksgiving last year, I had a hysterectomy.  This was the only day that I could get in without waiting an additional three weeks.  I was in quite a bit of pain from the honeydew-sized tumor in my uterus.  After a six hour surgery and a night in the hospital, I came home Thanksgiving Day.  We celebrated earlier in the week; the family had plenty of leftovers. 😉

Over the coming weeks, a couple of issues were very upsetting to me emotionally.  At about the two-week point I had to deal with a small infection (unrelated to the surgery) and felt just horrible.  My diabetes was out of control and for the first time in 28 years (of being diabetic) I was afraid to go to sleep because of the instability of my blood sugar levels.

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Thankfully, this scripture remained true for me at this time and many others.  I spent those weeks in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, healing and resting.  I watched every Christmas movie ever made for the Hallmark Channel. 😉

Over the past year, my husband and I completed a new build on our home, in February he underwent yet another procedure for Trigeminal Neuralgia, and I had another major surgery in July (a complication from the hysterectomy).  This Christmas, I rejoice in the peace He offers through gratitude and reflection.  I am looking forward to continuing this journey with you as we invite His love and rest to fill our lives over the next 30 days.

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What is your favorite Christmas Hymn?  What puts thankfulness in your heart, at this moment?  Reply to this email or in the comments below!  I would love to hear from you.

PS – Take a 10-minute hot cocoa break today!  Be sure to add marshmallows or whipped topping and SPRINKLES!  A little hot cocoa calms my anxieties, every time.  As you sip the sweet warmth, take in the moment of where you are, who you’re with, and savor the moment knowing your Savior is there with you.