How Do You Want to Spend Next Christmas?

Written by: Cindy Morrone

Let me wish you a Happy New Year!! God’s richest blessings to you and yours!!

On the night before Christmas, sitting on a make shift stool in front of her dresser mirror, straightening her hair before our Christmas Eve service, she remarked, “It just doesn’t feel like Christmas this year.”  With her changing age and beliefs, her joy could no longer be found in the magic of the season.

Our tired Christmas tree sits in our front window blocking most of the outside view.  The ornaments now droop and the needles are littering our living room floor.  I am no longer putting back up the few Christmas cards that fall with a passerby but instead stack them for keepsake.  The opened boxes and tissue paper scattered where they were opened are now intolerable sights.

This time between December 25th and the beginning of January somethings happens; an awareness of out with the old and in with the new.

And as the cleanup begins, a process of self-examination takes place.

Was our Christmas as we imagined?  Was it as we anticipated?  Expected even?  Did we spend it with those intended?  How was it celebrated?

Or not?

Perhaps it was the turmoil of biting into one more delicacy only to be riddled with guilt and self-condemnation.  Maybe it was clothed in loneliness as you left the unconnected marriage bed.  Or stress from the financial burden of gifting.

Sure, the motions of Christmas happened but joy could not be found this year.

And as we reminisce, putting away the decorations and replacing last year’s calendar, there is a hope that wells up in us.  Next Christmas will be different.

Resolutions begin.

A New Year. New Beginnings. New Opportunity.  New Hopes and Dreams.

This one thing will determine whether we keep our New Year’s resolutions or not.

Our, ‘why story.’ Maybe you’ve heard of this before; it seems pretty popular right now.  It’s our story. Personal in every way.  It’s what motivates us; drives us and inspires us.

Why do we want to lose weight and be healthier? Why do we want to be in thriving marriages? Why do we want financial security? Why do we want to repair those relationships so our loved ones sit at our dining room table next Christmas?  Why do we want to reach further—beyond our 4 walls and the borders of our nuclear family?

It’s so important to ask ourselves these questions.  To dig deep and unpeel the layers reaching the core of our heart’s desires.

And there is not better time than now as we ring in the New Year.  (Because I don’t know about you but it takes me some time to work through these things.)

It is our why that will motivate us and carry us through to the determined finished line.

My why, is best determined in my quiet time with my Lord.  It is there, immersed in His Word and teachings where the communion of wills is placed on my life and where my heart motives align with His solidifying faith-filled ways lead by Love, Joy & Peace.

It was here that the calling of becoming a foster Mama arose.  This idea did not come from the grey matter of this old and barren brain, no, it was birthed in the relationship with my heavenly Father.  And so, our Christmas this year, was spent holding and sharing, in wonderment, this special holiday with a precious little one for her first time.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

Let’s be challenged and write out our ‘why story’.  I need to make changes this year.  How about you?

Secondly, let’s share our ‘why story’ with one another.

Send in your ‘why story’ for an opportunity for We Are His Daughters to share it on our website.  A few select stories will be chosen to be shared throughout this year.

Happy ‘why’ seeking and all the success for next Christmas as you imagined, envisioned and expected!!