Dealing with Christmas Chaos

“I can’t wait until Christmas is over.”

Sound familiar? We all feel the pressure. Seeking the perfect present. Wrapping the gifts just right. Setting an impeccable table. No wonder we feel stressful over the season.

What about changing how we think? What about instead of, I have to say, I get to ?

Instead of I have to buy the perfect present, say I get to buy a present? So many people are all alone during the holidays. Consider what they’d give to spend a few hours with family members no longer near. And many people struggle with monthly bills and can’t afford the tiniest gift.

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Transparency at its Best

I never tire of reading Brandon J. Adams’ posts. As a baby boomer, I am encouraged by his fresh insight. Sharing Brandon’s posts is an honor.

Are you following him yet? If not, do yourself a favor and sign up … see what he has to say. Take a chance and listen to a millennial who may have an insight you’re not expecting to see.

His latest, Was Your Mind Made Up? holds not only millennials accountable, but the rest of us as well.

Way to go, Brandon. I felt my toes appropriately stepped on … in a good way.

Today’s Fun Challenge for Bloggers

Here’s a challenge for all bloggers: Look through your first blog post.

After you finish giggling and rolling your eyes, think about what you just read. Think about the person who wrote it. Think about how life has changed since then. now, congratulate yourself for sticking with it!

For complete transparency, I’ve included my first post from December 2010, and this is what I found:

  • I am still trying to publish a book—a different one this time, but a book, nonetheless.
  • While my speaking ministry has progressed, there are times I still question my ability to tell others of God’s great mercy and grace for us.
  • I still realize I am nothing without Christ. My comfort has nothing to do with how good God is in my life. And the scripture still rings true. His plans are still etched in stone.

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Surviving Great Days

August 1983
The cool air stirred and the long rays of morning sun greeted the three of us as we walked the long driveway. It took everything in me not to start crying.

“Today’s a great day!” I said, with too much pep in my voice. I wanted to make sure I told him all he needed to know for this special day. “You’ll meet new people and it’ll be terrific!”

We continued to walk, hand in hand as we always had in the past. He stopped, looked up into my eyes, and with a sober voice, “It is a great day, right, Mommy?”

Little Sis skipped along singing Great day, It’s gonna be a great day … She had no idea the somberness of this moment. But how could she? How could she know what it felt like to lose a baby into an Unknown World?

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Missing Dad on Father’s Day

To celebrate Father’s Day, here’s a post I shared earlier. I’d love to hear stories from you about the relationship you have (or had) with yours. I pray it was as loving as mine was. Love you, Dad. I miss you.

Even though my family of origin was pretty dysfunctional, one of my favorite pastimes is to remember stories about my dad and how he honored my feelings and held them close to his heart.

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God’s Best During Your Worst

Please enjoy my latest interview with Scott McCausey from Christian Devotions Speak Up. as I share how God gives is His best during our worst.

Every day we have is a gift from God. I pray you will be blessed by what you hear.

We’ve Been Warned

We should not be afraid or surprised at the current events. People hating each other, calling those who used to be good friends terrible names. Everywhere we look we see abuse. First, it was politicians, then Hollywood businessmen and entertainers. The self-importance that once held them apart has now turned to ugliness. And today I read a prominent Christian college president was fired due to his handling of a sex abuse allegation.

It’s not pretty out there. But we shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve been warned.

Make sure you’re prepared for the fallout.

Quieting the Voice of Insignificance

If you’re anything like me you occasionally battle the feeling of insignificance. You watch as others excel with ease in projects you sometimes struggle. Maybe it’s parenting. Your best friend’s kids seem sweeter and kinder than yours do. And how can it be that every time you go over for coffee her house is spotless?

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