The Blessings Behind Your To-Do List

I got a little panicky this morning when I looked at the calendar and realized it is exactly two weeks until Christmas. Yeeps! I have so much going on in the next three weeks: holiday parties, birthday parties, two Christmas celebrations, advent services to attend, three rounds of visitors staying with us, and gifts to wrap and give.

It so easy to stress over a monster to do list. But sometimes it helps to step back and actually look at the items on your list…

Bake treats for party.
Figure out church services to attend.
Get a present for mom.
Wash guest room sheets.
Figure outfit for holiday party.
Get decorations for New Years Eve party. 

Each of the items on my list has a hidden blessing behind it:

We have so many wonderful local friends. 
We attend a church we love.
Our families can’t get enough of us.
We have dear friends whom we spend hours laughing with.

We have jobs that allow us to afford gifts and decorations to make the season bright. 

What blessings are hidden behind your to do list? 



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  • Marie

    What happy thoughts! I’m trying to remember the “whys” behind my To Do List, too, and cross things off that aren’t really necessary.

    Christmas cards? We might skip them this year, and that’s ok. Wrapping presents? Sure, it will take time, but it’s so fun to unwrap presents and I don’t want to hand out presents in plastic bags! Water the Christmas tree? Need to do it at least once a day, but it brings us SO much joy! Even my husband admitted that he loves it. :-)

  • dotinthecity

    so true, our to-do lists represent so much more!

  • http://www.thousandmilesfirststeps.com/ AdeOla

    This post made me look at my to do list and speak out the underlying praise for each item. It totally made me see my list in a thankful light rather than my stress trigger. Thanks. I will keep doing this. I love it.