Gift to the King 2019

It’s been a month since Christmas. Is your tree down? Lights off the front of the house? I won’t tell if you don’t. Actually, my tree was down two days after Christmas. Scrooge. I know.

I love the clean, clutter-free look, and I haven’t figured out how to do that with a gigantic tree in the middle of my family room. I kind of wanted to put one in the wall, but my kids didn’t go for it. #maybenextyear

As I reflect over the last month, it was a good month.
My husband and I snuck away for a few days to warmth and sunshine and come home to a good ole fashion snow storm–the kind I remember as a kid.

It’s also been a month since I gave Jesus his Christmas present–my gift to the King. I wrapped and put a plaque of the serenity prayer under the tree.

I tied the idea of a word of the year into my Gift to the King. I chose the word optimism. I can tend to worry, assume the worst and get all worked up over things that generally never happen. So, for 2019 I committed to God that I would to the best of my ability be optimistic.

Optimism is expecting the best possible outcome and dwelling on the most hopeful aspects of the situation. I put the serenity prayer plaque in my office as a daily reminder that there are things and people I can’t change, nor should I try. Then there are the things I need the courage and confidence to change.

I never put too much stock in positive thinking before. But, I’ve realized I can and should think positively because I trust in a sovereign God. So, even if I don’t like or understand what’s going on at the moment, I can trust God is good and is working all things for good.

And you know what? The more I’ve chosen to see the good side of a situation, the smoother life has gone. It’s still a habit in progress, for sure. But I’m begining to see the benefits of assuming the best and having the courage to do the things I should and not worry about the things I can’t change.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6



    Such good advice and right at the beginning of a new year. Our pastor has been teaching on speaking positive words, not negative, being around positive people, and weeding the negative people out of our lives. I am finding this to be very good advise. I love the serenity prayer and think it might be wise for me to have that in my room. Thank you.

  2. Positivity is good for so many reasons. It’s a habit like any other. Even if you don’t believe in the power of positivity, one thing it’s great for is making you a more pleasant person to be around. If you think about the people you like best, the chances are that they have a good attitude. I think that’s one of the things I like about you. Bless you!

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