While continuing some of our treasured traditions felt impossible, I realized I could if I wanted to. You can, also. Realizing I had a choice helped me take my right next steps. While your steps may look different, I believe we can continue to experience meaningful traditions when life offers turning points. We get to decide what we will do next.
Adapting a tradition is not the same as abandoning it.
Our family photos continue to be difficult, but we choose to take them. We’ve adapted a few things when we take our pictures. We stand in the same place at my in-laws’ home on Christmas night and line the children up with their grandparents in front of the tree, but now, someone holds a picture of our son so that he is with us in the photo. We have added a balloon release to our son’s birthday celebration and started an annual event in his memory. Both bring our family joy, draw us together, and are a testimony of our faith.
Consider asking yourself these questions:
- Why do I value the tradition?
- Will it be helpful or hurtful to continue the tradition?
- Is there a way to adapt the tradition?
- Is it time to eliminate the tradition, leaving room for something new that brings our family joy?
Blessings Soul Friends,
- A thoughtful survey of why I practice certain customs and attend time-honored events helped me remember that the value of our traditions is not derived from how we do things but rather why.
- Realizing I had a choice helped me take my right next steps. While your steps may look different, I believe we can continue to experience meaningful traditions when life offers turning points. We get to decide what we will do next.
- Adapting a tradition is not the same as abandoning it. But if you need to eliminate a tradition it is good to remember that you are not saying it was never important.
Jingle and Joy is an advent study, sharing the story of prayer beneath the tree for all people. You will want to keep it by your tree, bedside table, or coffee table to read each day from now until Christmas. Daily prayer prompts will keep you kneeling beneath the tree, looking up to God, trusting he hears your every request.
I love you, sweet Jodie! I am forever amazed by God’s faithful goodness when I think of you and your journey! Blessings!❤️
I love you also, Susan. Thank you for helping me walk through times where I needed others to help me continue and modify our traditions. I am grateful for the army of support God sent our family.
Jodie Jodie! How you do it ? Having the faith that Jesus wants you to have is Amazing! Though it all you still show that light of Joy 😊Love you girl and always in my prayers 🙏and ❤
Even a mustard seed of faith can be enough! So grateful for the Lord and your love and prayers.
Oh Jodie, you remain and inspiration to me and to so many others. Our family is facing changes in our holiday traditions this year and your words are balm for my tradition-clinging heart. Thank you for always being willing to obey God by sharing, even when it’s difficult.
I trust His Word to be a balm form your heart even more than mine and I will be praying that He gives you peace as your family adapts in this time of transition. Your family has been faithful to shine a Light for Jesus in the last year!