#25Gifts: The one thing you can do today to make your Christmas time less stressful

Last night we had the last of the children’s Christmas concerts. My mum and siblings were coming over to watch and, unlike last week, I was determined that the house be tidy and less chaotic.

Ironically, they came in for all of about 30 seconds (my brother needed the toilet) before we had to leave to get to the concert but regardless, I got my wish …

Tidy house and less chaos!

But here’s the secret … instead of doing it all myself, rushing around like an idiot and stressing out, I got my husband on board.

He had a choice … pick up the children from school or tidy round and hoover.

Lucky me, he chose the latter. (For the record, I would far rather pick the children up from school than do the tidying!)

It sounds so simple when I write it down but how often do we try and act like wonder woman and handle everything?

And how much easier would it be to ask for help?

I know, I know, sometimes asking for help is actually really hard. Sometimes we like pretending we’re invincible and can do it all and to admit otherwise, well that’s not fun.

Sometimes it feels like it’ll take longer to explain what we need help with than it would to just do it all ourselves.

And sometimes, when we’re given the help, it’s not done exactly as we would have done it.

But you know what? That’s ok. (Unless of course you’re asking someone to help you with, I dunno, brain surgery or something. I’m pretty sure that needs to be done right the first time!)

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe the people around you would love the chance to show you how much they care by stepping in and helping?

The much-quoted bible verse about asking doesn’t talk specifically about asking other people for help.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7&8

Read the wider context and this bit really seems to be about asking God rather than people but you know what? People can be God’s hands and feet and voice in your today.

What if you started today asking God for help and he replied by nudging you to ask other people in your life for specific help?

It’s not like God’s going to show up at your front door with a mop and bucket and offer to wash your car!

But there can be people in your day who can help you, dare I say, want to help you. You just have to ask.

And so that’s your challenge for today …

It’s time to get really honest about those areas of your life where you’re clinging to being wonder woman and instead, let go of those pieces (even if it’s just a little bit) by asking for help.

Are you game? Get to it!
Until tomorrow,
Here’s to a wonderful day 🙂