I know enough about myself and about the holidays to know that I am in for one wild, messy, joy-filled, tear-streaked ride. One thing I need, more than anything, is to keep my eyes on the prize. And I so wrote this as a commission to my own soul. I thought maybe your soul could bump bright against it too.
This season, may I choose celebration and the joy of the Lord over anxiousness and perfection.
May I desire sacred moments more than scrumptious, picture-worthy meals. May I prep my and others’ hearts for the movement of the spirit with as much attention as I prep the turkey.
May I exchange worry for laughter. Anxiousness for peace. Busyness for intentionality.
May I rest knowing the Lord created me to be just that, me. All that He created me to be. And no one else. May I not falter in knowing that He will not stop His sanctifying work in me. Not because of an argument at the table. Not because of frustration in the kitchen. Not because, once again, my heart and my actions were like a puzzle missing the pieces.
This holiday may I exchange my wild expectations of perfect meals, perfect memories and perfect families for the mysterious, bright life God put in us though it be messy. May I ask for forgiveness a little more. Throw down grace a little quicker. Love a little stronger.
May I choose to believe that people are not interruptions. They are a divine intervention. May I go out everyday, the busy bustling days, trusting that I can pour myself out, all of me. That because of Him who is in me, I can cry with this friend and enter her pain, then also turn and erupt in joy for another friend, and enter her blessing.
May I come to Him with full assurance that He can use all of me, every last drop, every day because I know He will fill me up again come sunrise. May I whisper to Him holy over so many moments, “Whatever You are doing in Your Kingdom today Lord, please let me be part of it.”
May I eagerly call to Him in my own pain, in my own wandering, trusting that He sees me. He sees me. He sees me. He stands by me and His spirit groans on my behalf.
And at the end of it all, if it feels too weighty, if I feel too frazzled, may I throw in a roast with garlic and a jar of pepperoncini and see how the Lord can use me to fill stomachs and watch as He fills hearts.
- 1 3lb chuck roast
- 1 16 oz jar pepperoncinis
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 5 whole garlic cloves
- Pat your roast dry and season with salt and pepper.
- Add your roast to the crockpot and the whole jar of pepperoncinis (including the juice).
- Add the garlic cloves.
- Cook on high for 8 hours or on low for 12 hours.
- The meat is done when it easily shreds with a fork.
- I cook my roast in my dutch oven. I do this so I can brown my roast in the dutch over before adding all the ingredients!
- Season roast on all sides with salt and pepper.
- Add 1 TBS olive oil to the Dutch Oven and brown the roast on each side (about 1-2 minutes per side).
- Add the pepperoncinis and the garlic.
- Cover with lid and bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours.