Nov 26 2012

A Simple Christmas

I'm trying really hard to turn the page from Thanksgiving to Christmas today.  You might already be decorated, and have your shopping almost done.

When I first started seeing decorations go up in my neighborhood over the weekend, my first feeling was to be stressed out.  I thought about all that there was to do, and all the money that I was about to spend.

So, when my little sunshines came back from visiting with their Dad for Thanksgiving, I decided to change my attitude about Christmas even if I had to force it.

So, I pushed through, and pulled out the boxes of decorations, made hot chocolate in those cheesy Christmas mugs, and even took the 3 kids to pick out a Christmas tree.  I even managed to get it from the top of my minivan on a stand in my living room almost straight.

The last thing we did was set up the Nativity Scene.  As I set out the camel, Mary and Joseph, the angel, and the kid's favorite part, baby Jesus.  It reminded me what we're really celebrating is so very simple.  We can make it so complicated.  We can make it about the list, we can make our life about keeping all these rules, but really it's this baby born, to save us from all that.  To set us free.

There's a new poll that found almost half of americans said they would rather skip this time of year because of financial pressure, and stress level.

If you're feeling that way today, here is some help on how to change your attitude. I heard a pastor once say, think of it like picking up a remote and changing the channel on the TV.  Change the channel from your worries in your brain, and focus it this time of year on helping someone else.

Who will you help this Christmas?

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Nov 21 2012

What I am Thankful for...

Hoping that everything is lining up exactly the way you want it to be for your Thanksgiving celebration, but in case it’s not, I want to encourage you.  You're not alone.  I get it.

Heard this saying:  It’s not the way it’s supposed to be, but it’s the way it is, so make the best out of it. I’m divorced and a single parent, my kids are with their Dad for Thanksgiving.  It’s a good thing, but it leaves me discovering what my new normal is.  This year, I think I figured it out.

I may not be with celebrating with my biological family around my big farm table in my kitchen for Thanksgiving, but God has given me some amazing friends, who have adopted me into their family during this time.  That is what I'm most thankful for this year.

Interesting, that’s what God says He does for all of us.

"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." Ephesians 1:5

Who are you thankful for this year and why?

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