Does your life ever get wild and crazy enough to send you into a tailspin? Many of us struggle to balance caring for our families with work or ministry commitments. If your kids are small, caring for them can be overwhelming; if they’re teenagers, they often need special encouragement to thrive and make good choices. Parents serve as part-time chauffeurs, counsellors, and cheerleaders. Then there’s the ongoing job of keeping food in the fridge and meals on the table. Work projects, phone calls, e-mails, social commitments, and lost library books add to the craziness. [Read more…]
Early this December morning after Christmas, I breathed a sigh of relief and wondered, “Did giving three parties in five days mean I’m a certified nut case, or could I just be an obsessive compulsive party lover?” Where did that fit in with my resolve to down size December and take the holidays slower this year?
Really, I loved every minute of it, but this morning while it was still dark outside, I enjoyed a peaceful moment drinking coffee and reading God’s Word by the light of the Christmas tree and candles. I wanted to savor the truth of God coming near to us, reaching into our world through the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable. [Read more…]
Every year I tell myself I’ll buy Christmas gifts early to avoid the last minute rush, and every year I find myself in the same place: out shopping the week before Christmas! Gift giving is one of my love languages. I take joy in planning and trying to find gifts that will please my family and friends.
Last week I searched several stores to find the perfect warm-up suit for my husband, and after waiting in line 10 minutes at the cash register, my heart lurched when the salesperson said, “Our internet service is down. We can’t take your card.” [Read more…]
Do you notice how Mom is the one who makes the holidays happen? Mom is the one who shops for gifts, decorates the house, prepares holiday meals, and plans special activities. Mom is also the one most likely to end up frazzled, exhausted, and snappy by the time Christmas rolls around. [Read more…]
The night before a holiday dinner I usually have a nightmare along the lines of forgetting to turn on the oven, and discovering it five hours later when the turkey is still raw. My family shows grace and laughs with me because I love to host holiday dinners, but I get, ahem, a little tense before an event involving 20 guests. [Read more…]