Christmas is for celebrating the birth of Jesus. If you find yourself stuck in the kitchen and unable to enjoy the holiday, rethink the whole plan.
First, make a list of the parties you intend to hold. Now eliminate at least 50% of them.
Then, decide how many events can be downsized. You know, coffee and dessert instead of full turkey/stuffing dos.
Now plan simple menus for your main gatherings. Will potluck work for some of them?
This is not the time to try new recipes. Stick with tried and true favorites. Shop early for the items you need. Make sure you have storage space for them. Then all you have to do is enjoy the birth of the Christ Child. After all, Christmas is really all about the Baby Jesus, isn’t it!
A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. (Proverbs 13:7, MSG)
Prayer- Dear Father God, help us be mindful of what really matters this season. Amen.
The shopper stopped and stared at the aisle of Christmas decorations. Then I heard her cry out “No! Not again!” And I listened while she repeated the same words, this time with a moan.
What horrors triggered this response? Was it over commitment, excessive expectations, a rude clerk or a charge card yet unpaid from the last Christmas? Nope. She saw the first Christmas decorations of the season.
It’s still early enough to make wise decisions about how we’ll celebrate Christmas this year.
If it is stressful, why not fix it? Let’s cut out the crazy. Simplify our plans. Figure out stress-less ways to save money and tame social schedules. Let’s take angel advice from the first Christmas and go right for the joy.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. (Luke 2:10, NIV)
Christmas? “No! Not again?” Yes, again…and again… and again, or at least until the Lord Jesus returns.
Prayer- Thank you, Lord, for giving us the common sense to celebrate what really counts–Jesus. Amen.
It’s Christmas time, but Cecile is surrounded by heat, dust, strangers, and death. If she’d accepted Colin’s proposal and stayed in Canada, she would be enjoying a “normal” Christmas. Instead, she’s stranded in the middle of the Kalahari Desert, serving as the lone nurse at a mission clinic, faced with medical emergencies she wasn’t trained to deal with. Little has changed despite months of hard work. Cecile has never been a quitter, but she’s tempted to just pack it in and return home. She wants her life to make a difference. Did she mistake God’s calling in her life?
By— Ruth L. Snyder, who was privileged to spend the first ten years of her life in southern Africa where her parents were missionaries. She now lives near Glendon, the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada with her husband Kendall and their five young children. Ruth enjoys reading, writing, teaching piano, photography, crafts, and travel. She is a member of The Christian PEN, The Word Guild, and InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Learn more about Ruth and her writing at http://ruthlsnyder.com.
Download your copy December 5th from Amazon, Kobo, or Barnes & Noble.
To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”–Mahatma Gandhi
Someone just gifted me with a wonderful pen. The words on the back of the box say, “Here’s to the power of the pen and those who know how to wield it to create and inspire. We hope you use it everyday.”
You may not be a writer but I bet you write, even if it is only a grocery list. When you hand that bit of paper over to your spouse (so they can shop), what would be the harm of adding a little drawn heart on the corner, or writing “I love you” under the broccoli?
What we don’t feel comfortable saying can be written. Pop a sweet line into your child’s lunch. Scribble a funny line in hubby’s appointment book to help him laugh his way through a bad day. Remind a friend of their favourite verse. It’s a little thing but it means a lot.
After all, God gave us lots of written lines. Look how happy they make us!
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10b, AMP)
Prayer-Dear God, thank you for your example of writing encouraging love notes. Now, may we take the time to read them. Amen.
Tribe writers is an group designed and operated by Jeff Goins. I signed up ages ago but am finally taking the class this time around. From all the feedback I hear? Everybody loves Jeff…so why not me too!
Get in the Christmas Spirit with this delightful new release: An Unexpected Glory by Marcia Lee Laycock–availabale on Amazon. (See links below!)
New Release in Kathi Macia’s 12 Days of Christmas Series – An Unexpected Glory is a delightful story about a Christmas pageant gone wrong. Or has it?
Pastor Steve is undone when he gets a phone call telling him the annual Christmas pageant has to be cancelled. It’s the main fundraiser for the men’s shelter he runs and he knows without a spectacular event they will have to close their doors. When his right-hand man suggests they use the residents to make it happen, Pastor Steve is sceptical. But as the day progresses and he runs from one potential disaster to another, God shows Him what miracles are really made of.
Here are the links!
Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Kathi-Macias-Days-Christmas-Unexpected-ebook/dp/B00GBCMFMM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383237285&sr=8-2&keywords=An+Unexpected+Glory
Amazon.ca – http://www.amazon.ca/Kathi-Macias-Days-Christmas-ebook/dp/B00GBCMFMM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1383237327&sr=8-3&keywords=an+Unexpected+Glory
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kathi-macias-12-days-of-christmas-volume-5-an-unexpected-glory-kathi-macias/1117271320?ean=2940148838456
1-November 11 - MOPS, Barrie Free Methodist Church
Topic- The Angst of Journaling or Do I Really Want To Know That!
2-November 13 – Thornhill Christian Women- Heintzman House
Topic- What to Do When You Don’t Know What To Do.
3. January 15 - Newmarket Christian Women
Topic- What to Do When You Don’t Know What To Do.
4. January 29 – Highway Pentacostal Church, Barrie
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