Grace Through The Holidays ~ Week 10

December. We’re already one week in!

The older I get the faster the years fly by.

As life with chronic illness has taught each of us, our best laid plans are at the mercy of our health and mental well-being. So if you’re behind the on the tasks don’t get discouraged. Just prioritize the things that have to be done and toss other things out the window. We’ve had quite a bit going on in our little piece of the world. I’ve had to make some changes to my original plans and scale back even further. But that’s what this series is all about – focus on the important things: the birth of our Savior and the love of our family and friends. The rest is just tinsel on the tree!

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Let’s get into this week’s tasks:

  1. Spread holiday cheer. Get your Christmas cards in the mail this week!
  1. It’s time for the sugar plums. Make one of the have-to-have treats that you chose for this season. Be sure it’s an item that will freeze well. You’ll be glad to have something on hand to share if the neighbors bring you a box of chocolates or homemade popcorn balls.
  1. Finish up the hussle and bussle. Be sure you’ve ordered any gifts from online companies so you have them in time for Christmas. Continue to wrap as you go so you’re not busting your back on Christmas Eve.
  1. Make use of the freezer meals you’ve prepared. If you feel up to shopping one day, give yourself a break and eat one of your pre-made meals.
  1. Soak in the advent. Take time each day to focus on the birth of Christ and the reason we celebrate this season. Find a quiet moment to read the first two chapters of both Matthew and Luke. Pay attention as if you’ve never read it before. Pray that God would help you see it in a fresh way this year. Read Ann Voskamp’s post – The secret truth that cures feelings of abandonment & what has to be said about Advent. You should also read this post by Margaret Feinberg –How to hold the hurting extra, extra close this Christmas.

How are you holding up? I’m slowing down and losing steam but we’re almost finished!

 

 

 

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