Anything But Simplified

​I think it is kind of ironic that I was trying to write an Advent devotional entitled, Simplify the Season, while I felt completely overwhelmed with the task, and was running on empty. I am a great multi-tasker, but not always so great when it comes to immediate deadlines. I seemed to have had much more time when I wrote my Lent devotional, Sit At His Feet: Choose What is Better.
So, because I wanted to make sure what I was writing was theologically sound, and the next section of the Advent devotional was quickly approaching the revelation phase, I decided to take a break this season so I could simply enjoy time with my family. It is a struggle to Simplify the Season in this fast-paced Western world we live in. I found myself in the trenches with homeschooling one child, and what appeared to be daily holiday activities at my younger children’s school. Throw in some Christmas decorating around the house, Christmas lunches with friends, online shopping for distant relatives, and addressing hundreds of Christmas cards, all the while balancing the mundane activities of motherhood—laundry, grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning the house, and carpool—my season was anything but simplified this year.  I still marvel at the fact I even made it to Day Seventeen with the Advent devotional!
However, please do not despair because if you want to see how the devotional ends, stay tuned in the fall when it will (hopefully) be released and available to the public. And as a special bonus, I am throwing in a section titled, “The Twelve Days of Christmas—All About Epiphany.” You see, most people think the Twelve Days of Christmas fall before Christmas day, however, they occur after.
I still have much to write to finish up the Advent devotional, but for now, I am simply going to savor these last few days of the Christmas season with my family and friends. We will attend church on Christmas Eve to celebrate our Savior (tip: if you are going to church, allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you are not grumpy about parking, about the crowds, or about the people who are saving seats), and gather together on Christmas day to open presents and share a meal together. I will never get Christmas 2015 back so I will fight hard to enjoy the moment and remember whose birthday it is. I hope you will too!
I pray you have a very Merry Christmas!

Erin Olson

Founder and CEO of Sandalfeet Ministries

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