Last week I was talking with someone about the subjects of my recent blog posts. She began to share how one day she had a hectic day of errands, which included a last-minute trip to Wal-Mart. She told her husband when she got home how MISERABLE everyone looked at the store. Yep…Tis the season to be…grumpy?
The recent snow that descended on Atlanta helped to clear the air for a lot of us. But how long will it last before the rat race resumes it’s harried pace? Will the “wonder” we felt all the way from the Mexican border to Virginia with the onset of snow help us not be so grumpy between now and the end of the year?
That, my friends, is a PERSONAL CHOICE.
Well, yes, if you allow it. As I’ve said before, kindness toward my family is directly related to how busy I allow myself to get. Too much stuff on my calendar does make me grumpy! And you too, I suspect. The choice of saying “no” is up to me, and I say it A LOT. If you want some more thought-provoking ideas on this subject, here’s my latest podcast about Santa Claus and other tidbits.
With so many things vying for our attention, this is why we rally around Advent in our house. It centers us on what the season is really all about. Not just the birth of Christ, but the conception, faith, wonder, and fulfillment that would one day play out at the cross. Yet it all started with the indwelling of a little baby named Jesus.
Advent simply means “the coming” in Latin. I love seeing Advent “comin’ round” and being revived in the States. It always begins four Sundays before Christmas. Each week has its own theme.
Week 1 – Hope
Week 2 – Love
Week 3 – Joy
Week 4 – Peace
The idea is that each week is represented by a different candle that you light. Some people light theirs each night, but we only do it on Sunday. There are lots of devotional books out there. Our favorite is the series by Arnold Ytreeide.
Another one of my favorites is The Real 12 Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle.
Paige Kolb is the president of SureFire Prayer International, a ministry that equips and trains families and leaders to practically bring biblical truth and prayer back into everyday life. Paige’s philosophy: “Healthy families make for healthy churches. I believe worldwide revival will be released when we help leaders and parents rediscover practical ways to bring prayer back into today’s busy homes.” Paige was once a writer for CNN and on-air correspondent for CNNRadio. She is a wife to her supportive husband, Luke, and mom to two amazing kids. You may contact her at here to find out about her speaking, training, and travel schedule.