A real life holiday season

My washing machine floods. The repair man finally comes only to tell us that it has to be replaced. Eleven days later I finally get a new one. (In case you are wondering that’s a lot of laundry.)

The flu hits our household. Its slow walk through the family means we are housebound (still are) for days on end.

Changes of plans.

Canceled plans.


My carefully laid out plans seems to be slipping through my fingers. And yet, somehow these ‘big’ interruptions have a way of staring me in the face and therefore I often (not always!) have an easier time making a conscious choice to not let it ruin my day. Annoying and frustrating, yes. But c’est la vie, right?

Most of my interruptions, however, come in small, subtle ways. Small, subtle ways that threaten to rob my spirit of rest this holiday season. Or really any time.

The dish shatters in a million pieces on the floor.

The neighbor is ready for a lengthy chat. (I do want to get to know my neighbors…but, now?)

The phone rings.

Children argue and an opportunity to model repentance, forgiveness, and grace is open.

The baby cries just as I am starting a project. (Or writing this blog post, not that I would know anything about that.)

The three year old wants me to read him that book. Again.

All of these interruptions are simply real life, are they not? I want a holiday season that is full of real life opportunities.

Opportunities to show love when I’m least motivated to.

Opportunities to embrace the chaos and the mistakes.

Opportunities to extend grace when I’m the most hurried.

Real-life opportunities.

Forget the ideal holiday. Embrace the interruptions.

It is precisely in embracing those interruptions that I am embracing my real life.

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s own, or real life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life–the life God is sending one day by day.” -C.S. Lewis

Will you join me in embracing a real-life holiday season?


  1. Debara Hafemann says:

    Thank you for your post! It helps me – I have been asking the Lord to show me
    what Godliness with Contentment is. The Bible says that Godliness with contentment
    is great gain! I want that!! Your post – your words explain it better than anything I’ve read
    this year. Thank you dear sister for showing us the way!

  2. Good, Johanna! I love people who tell it like it is. I love your C.S. Lewis quote which goes perfect with what you’re expressing. By the way, our “interruption” today was having your folks here with us for dinner. Wonderful to see them again! Lots of love to you from here.

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