Finding Peace and Nurturing Hope

I can’t tell you how proud I am of you (and me) this holiday season.

I’m proud that you (and me) stopped and took a moment to ourselves, that we gathered here.

Me, I’ve got a cup of mulled, spiced Wassail beside me, the only light in the room is from the Christmas tree lights and the burning fire. What about you?

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  1. Meredith Williams says:

    “We are Gods’ hands”. Wow. That sank in deeply! Thank you for this !! I have been feeling very overextended this year and have not enjoyed time with friends and family as I should. Thank you for giving me perspective and PEACE. xoxo

  2. Ramona Puckett says:

    Merry Christmas! Love this post and life is a process, isn’t it? I have read your posts for years and I think this is my favorite one! ❤️

  3. Denise says:

    Merry peaceful Christmas!

  4. Sharon Wegmeyer says:

    Ah, to live this next year (and all following years) “God-paced”: that is my goal . . .

  5. Mary says:

    Beautifully written words from the heart. I wish we were farm neighbors…I could use your encouraging words daily. (note to self…read old City Farmgirl posts for inspiration!) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and blessings to your family for the New Year.

  6. Janice says:

    Wow, I loved reading your thoughts about calmness, a simpler life, and solitude. Thank you.

  7. Loreta Hazel says:

    That was simply wonderful

  8. Denise says:

    Hi Rebekah
    I really enjoyed your post, so happy to hear your words and see your focus and know you’re able to write and walk and enjoy life. I wasn’t sure how you came out of your accident in July, praying that you and your passenger would heal in every way, so I guess I’m somewhat relieved and thankful that God had answered my prayers.
    I took the pressure off myself and my family, I gave away the notion of the ‘perfect Christmas ‘ a while ago and go for simple, slower – as much as I can with it being summer, the school year finishing, and this year the fires that nearly had us evacuated twice. It’s been quite a year, but it’s been such a good one too. Full of healing, recognition of areas needing attention in my life, letting go, especially if the past and soaking in being content in the life that I am in, not the life I envisaged, but a good one all the same.
    I love how you’ve given the definition of holy day, I didn’t know that at all, and I always want to live out faith in love, forgiveness, hope and connection with others. I hope your Christmas season filled with Gods abundant blessings and throughout next year. Thank you for your beautiful posts xx

  9. Maureen says:

    Peace, hope and joy to you. I am printing off this post so I can peek at it when I am feeling overwhelmed. I, too, am working hard to simplify the season and my life in general. Surround yourself with what matters and it sounds like you are doing an awesome job! Many Blessings!

  10. Donna says:

    And…. peace be to you. Wonderful . Thank you for sharing.

  11. Sandi King says:

    Rebekah, you have changed my heart and mind. I was upset with my Christmas because I didn’t get to get all my decorations out of the garage and put up in the house; nor did I get as many lights strung around outdoors as I was wanting and I felt sad and depressed but after reading your blog post, I realize that what I did have was enough and it was simpler and less hectic, less of a lot that usually wears me out. I was able to enjoy my friends and family more. My older son bought me a live plantable Christmas tree about 4 foot high which I did decorate and he loaned me an inflatable dog which is so cute. My sister-in-law put my lights up around the roof of my home and so I did have some decorations outdoors and inside also. I love the peacefulness your blog gave to me and though it is now close to New Years Eve my Christmas was happy and I look forward to a peaceful New Year. Thank you for a wonderful post – and for all your animal friends who wish us a Merry Christmas. Happy New Year to all them and to you and your family from all my family and my friends and animals; Tippy, Dotty, Saugwa, Sissy, Allie, Tyker, Fluffy and Shadow, and me.

  12. Lisa says:

    I too have downsized every thing, keeping it simple and meaningful. Homemade gifts or bought from small family businesses. Taking time to enjoy friends and family. Learning to “rest” in winter.
    Thank you for sharing. I’m right there with ya! ❤️

  13. Pamela says:

    Oh!! Absolutely loved this post and really needed it! Could respond with so many comments but will just say “Beautiful
    and so full of Peace.” My motto for next year will be your realization that we can thoughtfully and carefully create Christmas. I really appreciate your taking the time to blog
    such an insightful piece. Thank you.

  14. Mercedes says:

    Thank you for your wonderful words. So inspiring. Wishing you the best in this new year.

  15. Rene Marie Foust says:

    It was great to hear from you I am happy that you had a simple Merry Christmas

  16. Betsy says:

    I’m a little late getting this read, but wow. I still feel like I’m recovering from the stress and pressures Christmas has come to be for us. This year seemed worse in spite of my best intentions, being totally worn out by the time it got here. And then the babies got sick right before and extended family pressures…. not sure exactly what I need to do differently but perhaps slowing down and savoring the moments all year long could help our mindset going into the Holiday Season. Thank you for your inspiration and words of peace.

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