Preparing for the Holidays, Part 1

Although it has been an unseasonably warm fall here in the Northwest, the calendar doesn’t deceive, the holidays are upon us. When I say “holidays”, I am not trying to be politically correct; I use the word “holidays” to include all the next 2-3 months will bring: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

The holiday season can be challenging for us as women. There is a lot to be done and the majority of it falls upon our shoulders – special meals to plan and make, purchasing, wrapping and sending gifts, decorating our houses, baking, the list goes on and on, doesn’t it?

For those of us who serve in ministry, there is the added pressure of holiday preparations for our church families as well – cards to be sent, people to appreciate, special services to plan for, reaching out to our cities, etc . . .

I have learned over the years that during the busy holiday season, if I fail to plan, I plan to fail. Yes, planning takes considerable thought and time, but it is time well spent. Once you have a clear picture of what needs to be done, you can make it happen a whole lot easier than if you wait for things to sneak up on you and then scramble to get them done.

During this series, I want to share with you how I make a plan and work to accomplish it. The goal of this planning and preparation is not to say, “Look at me, I’m so organized”. The goal is to survive this crazy season with a good attitude and a heart that remains focused on what the season is all about: gratitude, faith, family, friends, and showing Jesus’ love in tangible ways.

Join me for the next couple weeks as I share practical ways to prepare your home, and more importantly, your heart for the holidays.

A good first step is this simple prayer of commitment for the holiday season:

Thank you, God, for this holiday season. It is a time to give you thanks for your goodness and faithfulness. May my heart be truly grateful as I recognize all that you have done for me and the blessings I’ve received. As I make preparations to celebrate your birth, please help me to keep my focus on you. Allow me to make a plan and to not to be overwhelmed with my many tasks, but to serve others with the strength you provide. As the New Year approaches, may I be filled with anticipation of Your faithfulness no matter what the year holds and a sense of excitement about how I will continue to grow in You. I commit this season to You and know You will help me. In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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