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Joy in the Simple Things


This morning I sat downstairs on the couch sipping on some tea and enjoying our Christmas tree. Our tree is decorated with a mixture of heirloom and handmade ornaments. It’s crazy, miss-matched, and perfect for us. Beneath the tree were several wrapped packages, waiting for our Christmas morning. As I looked at those gifts, I was filled with anticipation. Yes, even now as an adult, I'm still excited for presents. I'm excited to give and to receive gifts from my loved ones. I'm excited to create new memories that I'll cherish for years to come. I know there will be years when my military husband is far across the globe, and so I'm oh so thankful for this year. This will be a year that I’ll hold dear for those times when he’s not so close.

For me, Christmas is such a joyful time. It’s a time of giving and receiving. I time to see loved ones who live far away and to eat lots of food. It’s the time of year that memories are made of. And most of all, it’s a time to give thanks for the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.

There will be some years when it will be harder to find joy during the holiday season. I’ll be filled with loneliness and wishing things were different. I’ll be wishing that my husband was close by my side, instead of in another country.  I’ll be wishing for so many things, and holding on to the memories of years like this.

So for today, I will chose to find joy in the simple things such as hot tea, Christmas lights, presents, and a husband who loves me.  Tomorrow is in God’s hands.

This post was written as a part of Tuesday’s Unrapped at