Prayer for the Week Dec 22 – Letting Go Of Expectations

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I’m not having a Pinterest worthy Christmas.  In fact I’m so off the mark that I’m feeling jealous of others.  I can’t possibly be alone.  Am I?

Despite my best efforts to carve out time for all the lovely things I wanted to do in these weeks leading up to Christmas like sitting around the fireplace reading the Christmas Carol and drinking hot chocolate, or getting my Christmas cards out early this year, or making Dad’s fruitcake earlier in December instead of at the very last minute, it just hasn’t happened.  And the last straw in my less than perfect Christmas…  my house is a COMPLETE disaster!  Not only is it dirty (by my standards) there is STUFF EVERYWHERE!  It’s so bad, I’m not sure where to even start.

The truth…  no one has a picture perfect Christmas.  We all try because we think we’ve seen someone else do it and we want what they have, but that’s not real.  My last three weeks have been real.

Real joyful – as we hosted our friends for Christmas caroling and blessed our neighbors.

Real beautiful – as my daughters danced in their Christmas recital and shared the true meaning of Christmas.

Real peaceful – as I sat in the evening watching a movie buried under the weight of our new dog, a dog who was desperate to be rescued.

Real busy – as we finished up another tough semester of homeschooling.

Real magical – on the nights we remembered to read our Advent devotional and light our candles.

Real hard – as I had to let go of my expectations of what Christmas should look like and learn to just be in the moment.

Life is real.  Life will always look different than what I thought and I get to choose happiness or frustration over the difference.

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When I’m done writing this post, I’m going to sit in my pajamas (are you surprised I’m writing to you in my pajamas?) a little too long this morning and drink my coffee with my family.  I’ll eventually get around to cleaning the house but probably not until I know our friends or family will be dropping in.  I’m going to try and get those cards out today, but if I don’t I’m going to give myself grace.  That’s what my Father has given me and what he is trying to teach me to give myself.

Do you need extra grace today?  Are you suffering this Advent season from a breaking of expectations?  Don’t worry.  You are not alone.

The Lord says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

And like the Apostle Paul, I will say, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

I pray for peace today in my home and in yours.  I pray we all surrender our expectations and in return receive beautiful, real, life moments of God’s glory breaking in.  I pray we will truly be able to lay aside our own desires for the anticipation of the arrival of the Christ Child.  He is coming!


  1. Georgina - December 23, 2014

    You said it all.  God bless The Provision Room and all who stop by for some encouragement and inspiration.  Merry Christmas!  

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