One glance around my living room, and it’s apparent…

I’m in over my head! Hah!

We started some remodeling the week of Thanksgiving, which came to a screeching halt as my not-expected-home Army son strode through the door.

The week was extra special, but now I feel behind as Christmas tree pics are being posted and I stare at my cluttered living room, devoid of any Christmas cheer.

No presents are ordered.

No decorations are unpacked.

No tree has been bought.



There’s a TON of work ahead for me this weekend and I know my energy only lasts so long.


Here I sit, absorbing the precious moments of Thanksgiving as the last of the leftovers are tossed. It was a FULL week with family and all the joy and challenges that surface when we are all together.

My heart is filled-up.

My heart is worried.

There’s a wonkiness in stepping into December and the holiday season.

My messy-under-construction-house feels wonky.

My re-playing of all the family interactions and dynamics from Thanksgiving feels wonky.

My time with God feels wonky.

I could go on and on, but, alas… ‘tis the season AND… ‘tis the day to reset and start again.

Are you feeling the same way? …Longing to pause in His presence, allowing the Holy Spirit to meet you in the tender places of your heart?

 My prayer for you is that you can exhale anxiety and breathe in God’s presence and beauty in this moment.

For me, it’s the quiet re-set that comes from a quick escape with God…


  • Sitting with my Bible and heart open, ready to SEE Him in the pages.
  • Walking in nature, internally processing AND releasing my thoughts to Him.
  • Looking for God in the messy moments of the season, and trust me—there have been MESSY moments!!


Here’s to wonderful, wonky December and the chance to be surprised by the presence of God in the midst of it!

Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

“Are you tired? Worn out? … Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”