Hello again! I'm back! I'm so thankful that my cold/flu was of unusually short duration - only about five or six days, rather than the two week (or two month!) version. Praise the Lord for His mercy!
I heard a report a week or so ago that this time of year is one of the worst times for people to fall into depression. The temperatures are dropping, the time has changed, and for many people, it is dark both going to and coming from work. The approaching holidays also seem to cause a build up of stress and anxiety.
As keepers of our homes, we can either contribute to our husband's and family's peace and joy, or we can compound their tension and stress as we journey through these next few weeks. Here are some practical ideas of ways to be a blessing this holiday season!
* Manage your home with joy. A house that is in order lends itself to a more peaceful family. If things have gotten out of control, you might want to pull out your Beautiful Life Management System pages or even do a few weeks of the 28 Day Challenge!
* Let your light shine. Lighting a candle in a favorite scent can add a bit of sunshine to your home. The beautiful flame is a good reminder to shine for Christ right where you are.
* Play music. Beautiful music that lifts your heart heavenward is very powerful. Remember David playing for King Saul when he was troubled? Fill your home with songs of praise and adoration to Christ this Thanksgiving and Christmas time!
* Make some plans. There are so many things to think about over the next few weeks... meals, company, gifts, get-togethers, cards, pictures, and the list goes on! Our Holiday Planner might be just the thing to help you organize all your thoughts and receipts in one place.
* Look around you. There are opportunities to be a blessing all around us at this season of the year. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to ways to encourage others. Carry on a conversation with an elderly brother or sister in the Lord after church, babysit for a friend, take some cookies to a shut-in, say "thank you" to your church staff, write a note to a college student and tuck in a $5 gift card, make your husband's favorite desert just for him, rather than only on Christmas, have a game night with your children, or invite a friend or neighbor to your home to help decorate the tree. I'm sure you can think of many more!!
* BE THANKFUL
"In everything give thanks. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
We all know this and even tell others to do it. But let's actually practice trading complaints for gratitude this week and see what a difference it can make in our homes. It can't help but make them more welcoming and restful!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. May you be blessed this week as you plan to be a blessing!
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