Why you don’t have to make everything perfect this Christmas…

Christmas cup photo by Shermee (flickr creative commons)I curl up on the couch, coffee in one hand and a pen in the other. I feel weary all the way to my bones.

I think of all the ways I fall short…

the corners of the house uncleaned.

the corners of my heart that are the same.

I whisper prayers about feeling too small, about things seeming impossible, of never being able to grasp that word that haunts the Daughters of Eve–perfect.

On the horizon of my heart a half-remembered Scripture slowly appears. I search for it. When I find it, I look in wonder…

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Psalm 138:8 NKJV

Twin truths slip from that sentence. First, God alone knows what perfect really means. And let me assure you, it’s not the standards we set. Second, only He can make it happen in our lives–and He will.

God’s “perfect” may not match what we have in our minds. It may not come when we planned. It may not work out the way we always imagined it would.

But God will perfect that which concerns me, that which concerns you.

Is there any better proof than a baby in a manger born on Christmas morning?

Jesus was unexpected, not-as-planned, didn’t-see-that-coming, more-than-we-imagined. In one word: Perfect.

And through Him, we can trust that somehow, inexplicably, God will make everything else in our lives right too.

We are imperfect but His love never, ever is.

That, my friends, is worth celebrating.

I get up from the couch. I set down my pen and coffee.

I find myself humming, “Joy to the world…”

written with love for you by holley

Where in this great big world are you spending Christmas? I’ll be in Van Buren, Arkansas at the home of my grandparents. I’d love to know where you’ll be too!

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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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