Be still and know that I am God. That verse in Psalm 46:10 always makes me think about how much I am in fact not doing that. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the last thing we are doing is being still. If your like our family you have something every night of the week from school parties to office parties and everything in between. We barely have time to sit much less to sit and be still. Even though Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year it also brings a lot of reminders of what we’ve done in the year since the new year is right around the corner. For some people, this could be a great reminder but for most, its not. It just seems like another year has passed and what have I accomplished? In fact, statistically proven depression, loneliness, and anxiety are at an all time high during the Christmas season. When most of us are caught up in the busyness we miss out on those that may be struggling during this time of year. I love the story of Mary and the birth of Jesus for many reasons but mostly because here was this young lady who had goals, dreams, and plans for her life and then out of nowhere she is going to be pregnant and birth the messiah! Whoa! Talk about a life change! Even though she had absolutely no clue what to expect or why her she never questioned God, in fact it says many times that she treasured those things in her heart. She did exactly what Psalm 46 tells us, be still and know. She had every reason to question God or even question if it was actually going to turn out the way it was told but she knew God was for her she only need to be still. Friend, wherever this holiday season finds you, whether it truly is the most wonderful time of the year for you or the holiday season reminds you of failures, brings out depression, or makes you question if God is for you just be still and know that He is God no matter what your circumstances say. Praise Him even when you don’t see Him or understand it. Stop taking inventory of what didn’t happen and start taking inventory of what did happen this year! The most precious thing you can do during this busy season is to stop and honor Him no matter where life finds you. It’s not about the perfect gifts, the perfect house, or the perfect year, but about a perfect God! XO