What is Important to You and Your Family This Christmas Season?

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“Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall,
the genial flame of charity in the heart.”

~Washington Irving

It seems we grow so very busy around Christmas time.  What are we busy with?  Is it shopping, cooking, cleaning, worrying that we aren’t buying enough…doing enough?  Could it be that maybe, just maybe, we need to rethink the whole month of December?
What’s most important?
Who’s most important?
Can we make a choice and a plan right now to focus on those two things?
The goal is to spend this month doing those thingsthat really matter with those who really matter.

First, set some time aside, fifteen minutes, an hour, and afternoon, whatever you have.  Use this time to brainstorm what is most important to you and your family this month.  This will be different for each family.  It may even be different for each family member.  Now is the time to get your thoughts on paper; then, speak with your husband and even your children.  Consider traditions, hospitality, giving, creating things, cooking, Advent activities, church activities.  Which things are most important?  Which things are you ready to let go?  Think about how much time and preparation each of those things will take.

Next, think about who’s most important.  Your husband and children are a given.  Extended family?  Friends?  Church members whom you don’t know well but would like to get to know?  Your children’s friends?  Business associates?  Your best girlfriends?  The new family in the neighborhood, strangers?  You get the idea.  Who do you want to make sure that you make time for this month?

Now, think about your home, family, homeschool, business, and church activities.  How do they fit into the calendar?  Do they meet the most important criteria?  Is there anything that needs to be pruned for a season? 

Now’s the time to think and plan for all these things.  Fit these things into the calendar leaving white space on your calendar for quiet evenings at home and for spontaneity and rest.  This will be challenging but worth it.  You can do this.   You can make this the best Christmastime ever by doing what is most important to you with those who are most important to you.

Be blessed,

Laura

Happy at Home

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An Awakening

I had an odd dream this morning just before I woke.  I had all the presidential candidates together to make a film with individuals asking questions and candidates answering.  I was doing it in a little cabin on the side of a mountain.  We did the Republican side without a hitch.  We were then going to do the Democratic side; but for some reason, there was a delay.  I finally began praying over the situation out loud.  Well, there seemed to be a lot of noise in the room, so I just prayed louder.  I finally prayed myself awake and my husband, too!

Well, that was a startling awakening!  I felt the Holy Spirit on me, urging me to pray for every individual candidate, not just the election results. I believe the Lord told me that we are to pray fervently as Christians for our country and leaders like we never have before.  I say we; because, I believe it was not just a message for me. 

Here are some of the things that the Holy Spirit lead me to pray for:

God would ARREST each candidate in the name of Jesus Christ. 

No matter what their religion, they would come to a salvation experience. 

That the Holy Spirit would begin to transform them into the image of Christ.  All things are possible with God.

That they would bow down to the Lord and seek His will. 

That people who call themselves Christians across this country would all have true salvation experiences, that they would all repent, and be stirred to intercessory prayer.

 This isn’t a political blog by any means.  I don’t know who I’m going to vote for.  I’m just urging you to pray like there’s no tomorrow.  Our country is split and only God can reunite us.

I repented of some things this morning.  I urge you to examine your heart; seek the Lord while He may be found; and, pray without ceasing for our country, for your family, and to be transformed by the renewing of your mind and by the washing of the word. 

As for the election results, His ways are higher than our ways.  His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.  I will pray not only for whichever candidate I finally choose, but that God’s Perfect Will will be done.

God bless you all!

God bless the U.S.A.!

Laura

Happy at Home 

Something to Think About…Gift Giving

We had a relaxing Christmas, just my mother-in-love and our little family of six.  We take time to open our presents one at a time so that all can enjoy each gift.  It seemed to take a long time this year.  It’s because now all of my children are now old enough to give gifts.  That multiplies presents quickly!  Although most of the things I gave were thrifted treasures, I found myself concerned that too much emphasis was put on gifts simply because of the great number involved.  Now, I do want my children to give gifts; but, I think I will be re-examining my own gift giving for next year.  We do not give our children very many gifts except for their birthdays and Christmas and an occasional I love you day.  I think that causes me to want to give them more on the special occasions.  I think also, since I’m spending so little, I feel like I should give more things.  I now realize that as with many things, less is best.  I intend to make some changes in our home.  I want our life to be focused on Christ and His gift.  I think my children understand that.  It’s just something for you and me to think about….

God bless!

Laura

Happy at Home