When holiday crazy brings a little bit of hurt

Happy Thanksgiving week y’all!  I can’t believe we are just days away from celebrating Thanksgiving.  Especially in school world, it seems once we hit Halloween, it is a slippery slope to the 3rd nine weeks.  And in the Library, we live 2 weeks in the future and are reminded of how fast time moves with every stamp of a due date.

This weekend has been action packed already.  So far we have banned markers, celebrated the end of a soccer season, and plunged a ham sandwich from a toilet.  I thought for sure our plumbing was a goner…
I’ve gone to Kroger’s twice today, we’ve done basketball evaluations, Festival of Trees, and the rest of the week holds a parade, haircuts, friends and family, Anthem Youth Pie Night, Thanksgiving and somewhere in there we will decorate the house for Christmas.
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But this time of year is hard for a lot of people.
For some, it’ll be hard for the very first time.
I want to do something for them, something to help soothe their hurt.
But what do I do?
Bake a pie?
I mean, my pie is good, but not that good.
People got stuff going on in their life.
Big stuff.
It makes me feel ridiculous for feeling so incredibly frustrated when my boys are playing light sabers with rolls of wrapping paper behind the self checkout at Kroger.
God bless Ruth, the lady manning the registers.
I lean into her and say, “When my boys finish, tell them I left.  They know the way home.”
Her eyes got big and she yelled, “Booooyyyyyss!  Your mama’s leaving!  You better c’mon!”
But a thousand of those events and pressure of the holidays all mound up and makes me want to throw in the towel.
Or pray extra hard for the Lord’s return.
Can I confess something?
I’ve cussed a lot today…
Granted a day full of ultra frustration for me is still very, very small in comparison.
I spend a day thinking about all that went wrong.
I remember reading in my First5 devotion last week Matthew 6.  It goes over the Lord’s Prayer and ends with this scripture:

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
Matthew 6:34

So in order to starve out my frustrations, I’m going find the good in today.
Even if I have to dig…deep.
God has set me free of so much in the past couple of years.
But I’m still a work in progress.

So if you are hurting this Thanksgiving, if you’re heart hurts so badly that you think you could not possibly take another breath…Please know I am genuinely sorry.
And that I don’t mean to trivialize your massive hurts compared to mine.

I would love to hear from you so I can know what to pray for you.
And hand to God, I’ll make you a pie if it’d help.

Please know God feels your hurts.  He was hurt once too.  And I’m such a white hot mess, I am convinced I break His heart every single day.
Matthew 6:34 promises you though that He will help you deal with whatever hard things are coming.

Because Psalms says that right now God is collecting all of our sweet tears, He keeps track of our sorrows and He binds up our broken hearts.
He sees YOU.
Tomorrow is a new day!  But for today, just give Him your hurts and allow Him to love on you.
And maybe have a bite of pie.

I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.

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