Sunday, December 07, 2014

Being Still During Crazy December

Since everyone is in the business of spreading Christmas cheer, it seems that Decembers are generally a little more insane than the rest of the year. Lots of holiday concerts and other special events abound, and I feel like it is sometimes hard for me to maintain the introspection and focus on Christ that I would like to for this season.

This last week was our normal full schedule, augmented with a few other things.

Chloe had a recheck on her broken finger. They changed it to a smaller splint which she has to wear only to school and at night, but she is allowed to keep her fingers free for a few hours a day (which means more piano practice!).  Still, her left hand isn't quite strong enough for a lot of piano playing, so at our Branch (church) Christmas party on Friday night, she only played the right hand for the musical number she and her sisters were asked to do.

I must add that I, as their mother, really dropped the ball on this. I almost forgot about it completely (see above mention of insane December) and didn't have a chance to throw something together with the girls until the night BEFORE the party. It was kind of late because we first had to go to Bria's High School choir/band concert. Thank goodness Bria is a great sight reader, and Sophia could learn a simple part. Chloe played the right hand (you can't see her in the video, but I promise she's there!) and I played the left hand. And we somehow managed to pull off a decent (though definitely not perfect) version of "Still, Still, Still."

"Still, Still, Still" is one of my favorite Christmas carols. When we were first learning it at 10:00 pm on Thursday night, Sophia put down her bow and said, "I think I'm going to cry! That was one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. I want to play it forever!"

I love the song because it reminds me to BE STILL. I'm so good at running around worrying about the unimportant stuff during this season that it is hard for me to just stop and think and ponder and focus on the reason we have Christmas in the first place.

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I've been forced to be more still than usual this week due to my own visit with a doctor. A few weeks ago I slipped on the ice while I was scraping my car, and I did something really bad to my shoulder. I finally got in with the orthopedist's office on Wednesday and I will go in for an MRI next week. After the PA moved my arm and shoulder in every which way, I was crying from the pain. I don't cry from pain. I am stoic and tough about pain. But this has been incredibly painful, and it's been worse since being manhandled (I understand it was necessary, but it still hurt!) at my appointment.

Pain has a funny way of forcing you to slow down. I simply can't handle things very well because so much of my energy is being devoted to pain management. I'm really trying to listen to my body and just stop and rest and be still when I can't take it anymore, even though that means leaving a long list of things undone.

But those things will be waiting for me tomorrow and the next day.

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This is my last week of teaching before the break. It is also a week with a middle school band concert, an elementary holiday concert, and The Maestro's orchestra concert. Oh, and that darn MRI. (I'm kind of scared of the MRI, if I'm being honest.) There aren't a lot of pockets of time to sit and be still, but I will try to find them.

And, if I make it through, a week from today I will be on a plane flying home to Utah to let my mommy take care of me for a few days. It's definitely worth hanging on for!

Happy Sunday!

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

1 comment:

  1. This talk is one I will always remember. My husband and I had the chance to sing in the choir that performed during this devotional and it's a really a powerful message on "Things as they really are". What a great idea to use it for an FHE lesson! Btw, this devotional was given at BYU-Idaho, not BYU. Not a big deal. Just wanted to make sure people knew "Things as they really were" ;)