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The Start of the Holiday Season

The month of October is the start of the holiday season.

It is the first of a three-month span of parties, decorations, festive attire, and traditions people look forward to all year. It is also a time to reflect on the past year and to create goals for the next one.

The last three months of the year have been difficult for me because my life has been in some sort of transition. This can be an added stress on what you hope is a festive and fun time in life.

In this new time of my life, I have made a few commitments to help me take care of myself and to guide me during the holiday season.

Pray for guidance

When a new opportunity arrives, I ask for God’s guidance. There are so many distractions during the holiday season. Between costumes, parties, and decorations, there is someone constantly asking for your attention or money. And it can be hard to resist every temptation.

Praying to God helps me stay focused. It also keeps me centered on the day and intentional about what I want to accomplish. It’s also a time to practice gratitude and give God thanks for the many blessings he has given me and his continued support throughout my life.

Don’t be afraid to pivot

As an adult, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I enjoy cooking, being surrounded by family, and sharing a meal in a spirit of gratitude for all that God has blessed us with each year. However, due to logistical reasons, Thanksgiving may not be the same this year as it has in the past.

With Thanksgiving this year, God is reminding me that sometimes you have to pivot. Everything can’t be how it’s been because circumstances and needs change over time. However, you can still find beauty and God in those special days and moments.

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

In transition seasons, God is moving things around in your life to teach you more about yourself and to prepare you for what’s to come. God is stretching you – which can be uncomfortable.

I know God’s stretching is for my good, but that doesn’t make it comfortable or easy. However, I am learning to allow it without trying to run or avoid it.

One of my favorite affirmations is, “I can do uncomfortable things.” It reminds me that even if something I have to do makes me uncomfortable, I can still do it and move forward.

Take a step each day toward my goals

The holiday season brings many distractions. But I am determined to do one thing each day to reach my goals. This keeps me focused and prevents me from being caught up in all the festivities.

This means I can’t say yes to everything. I have to prioritize what’s important to me and will keep me on track to reach my goals.

No matter the lessons and experiences you had in 2023, I hope the holiday season brings you joy and is a time of reflection that makes the new year even better.

Spiritual Reflection

  1. How do I feel about the holiday season? What am I looking forward to the most/least?
  2. What is impacting how I feel about the holidays this year?
  3. What is one way I can incorporate God more during this festive time of the year?

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