Sunday, December 5, 2010

Trust Falling into Christmas

Have you ever done a trust fall?
You know, folded your hands across your chest, closed your eyes, and let yourself fall stiff as a board backwards into a group of people, trusting they will catch you?
Given all that touchy-feely stuff I had to do back in RA training in my college days, you'd think I would have experienced more than a few trust falls, but I've never done one.
I think I'll start today.

I'm trust falling into Christmas. Care to join me?

Let's take a deep breath and close our eyes and trust.

Trust that our homes don't have to look like the ones in the magazines.

Trust that we don't have to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, presents that capture who they are and what they enjoy most in life. Trust that gifts are really just not that important.

Trust that we can let go of all the busyness if we just need a little quiet.
A little heavenly peace.

Trust that our blogging friends will understand if after almost three years of blog posts we suddenly disappear for a while. If we stop visiting and unplug for a bit. (Yes, that's me, y'all. And I miss you. Life just got a little hectic and I needed to step away from the computer for a while. I'm fine, thank you, and so enjoying the refreshment of a little break.)

Trust that Christmas is meant for each of us, no matter the degree of peace or chaos in our lives.

Trust that God meant to send us a message by birthing Christ into a dirty stable, not a pristine hospital room. That Christ's first breaths of air were taken in the company of parents who held him close, full of fear and wonder, lost as to what the future might bring.

I'm so thankful for a God who loves us that much.
I'm trusting that this year's celebration of The Greatest Love of All will bless you and carry you happily into the new year.

Much love,

Photo by Dale Chumbley, creative commons


Julie Gillies said...

Hi Becky,

Love the snow-angel picture, and I love your idea about trust-falling into Christmas. Think I'll give it a try.

Hope your December is wonderful!

Karen said...

Becky, I love that trust list! I'm down to blogging only one time a week, if I can. I'll be having a house full for Christmas, so some of my posts may have cookie dough on them.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Rebecca♥

Thank you for these words. You are so right and full of the goodness that God means for us to be in this life. Bless you Bless me and Bless the Name of Our Living God.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Lovely post! Perfect introduction to this blessed season.

Grace on the Narrow Path said...

Our pastor just spoke of this today.
Thank you my friend for falling into Christmas like I do. No perfection here only love for the Saviour!!!
Merry Christmas,

Clella said...

Great idea! I think I will try it. Thanks for reminding me. Clella

Amy Sullivan said...

I am so with you...thankful that God loves us that much. Thankful that my house doesn't have to look perfect because it certainly doesn't. Thankful that my family loves me despite my "off" gift choices. Thankful that you, dear Becky, unplugged and are refreshed.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I think I'm going to follow you shortly into an "unplugged" zone. I need more silence and stillness so I can LISTEN better.

lotusgirl said...

Hey, I just took two weeks off. It was good. I'm back only for a couple and then I'm taking my life back until the new year and falling into Christmas completely with my family. Enjoy your break.

Alise said...

Missed you during your break, but love this post back! Hope that you have a blessed Christmas season!

Terri said...

Life is far too complicated for me to fall, trustingly, into Christmas. I'm hoping I can just trust...

Susan said...

Great post Becky. Hope you enjoy this sacred holiday. Merry Christmas.

Natalie said...

Thank you.
I trust you know what for.

Laura said...

"Parents full of fear and wonder" - I love that image. It is so many of us. Aren't the paradoxes of life just the best, the most fascinating?

I just loved this post. It said so much that's been lingering in my heart.

Jenny said...

You hit the nail on the head with the "perfect" gift pit. just trust...inHim. I do miss your thoughtful wit but I am such a patchy blogger that I marvel at you and some other bloggy buddies of mine that do so much and also can cohesively put together thoughts and images to share in the blog world...I barely have time to read my faves and for whatever reason it takes me forever to get my thoughts together and post. But I do so enjoy this fellowship and appreciate you catching us up when you can..All that to say enjoy your holiday time and check in when you can....Merry Christmas, Becky!

RobynBradley said...

A wonderful message. Thanks for sharing (and the reminder). :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky,
This is Holly Dressman (aka Kloos), also known as Lyla's daughter. Mom sent this to me today. You have such a talent for composing words, this is just BEAUTIFUL!! and speaks to me in so many ways, I am always in awe of how God uses others to speak to us. I am going to take the challenge of trust falling this Christmas and throughout the year.

Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and find God's peace throughout the coming year.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Thanks for your comments, y'all. I'm wishing for a peaceful Christmas for each of you!

Holly, so nice to hear from you! I hope life is being very good to you. I wish you and your family--and my sweet Aunt Lyla--the best Christmas ever!

Graceful said...

Trusting that God is taking care of you, Becky!

Lovely words here...thank you.

Kat said...

A beautiful post. I need to have a little trust right now. Thank you. :)

Pamela said...

What a wonderful list of ways to trust God. The list could go on and on.

I'm hitting the bookstore today to find your book. It looks just like a good read over Christmas.

May you have peace and joy... and yes, trust, this Christmas.

CC said...

Christmas blessings to you as well!

And did you mean me by this, "Trust that our blogging friends will understand if after almost three years of blog posts we suddenly disappear for a while." :) :)

Ronnie said...

Thanks for sharing, Becky. So often your posts are like a great big wooden spoon dipping into my heart and stirring it up right where it needs it. Lately, life feels a bit like plowing without a mule. I think it's time to say to myself, "give it a break" and start focusing on what's most important.
Have a fine and joyful Christmas.
Love to you, your family and Tanner the slobber dog.

Nabeel's Cosmos said...

I'd actually like to do that on a heap of snow. Or a pile of snow, I dunno what's the proper term here, because I know heap is used for hay.