How to Relieve Stress This Christmas

How to Relieve Stress This Christmas

As I stilled my heart during morning quiet time with the Lord, He spoke to me and said, “You know what you’re struggling with is not something you battle just during the Christmas season. You have a tendency to jump into problem solving and doing mode.”

The more God got a hold of my heart and spoke to me, the more I realized that my problem solving and doing mode excludes God from the process. It takes God out of the picture.

Read more for my best tip on how to relieve stress at Christmas and throughout the year.

5 Lessons for Us From Going Back to Bethlehem

5 Lessons for Us From Going Back to Bethlehem

As fall has come to a close and the crest into winter has descended upon us (or as much winter as we get to experience in North Texas), while we begin preparations for Christmas, my thoughts keep returning to Mary and Joseph prior to Jesus’s birth.

Why was it important that Mary and Joseph go back to Bethlehem? What does their obedience mean for us in modern times?

35 Best Stocking Stuffers – Ideas for Men, Women, Teenagers and In-Laws

35 Best Stocking Stuffers – Ideas for Men, Women, Teenagers and In-Laws

My family loves Christmas. I mean LOVES it! For the last several years, our Christmas decorations have come out in October. It started the year my husband was diagnosed and underwent treatment for cancer. A dear friend came to visit to help out. She asked what else she could do and I asked her if she’d help me decorate for the holidays. I wanted the home cheerful while we were going through a difficult time, and I knew that without someone else’s help, decorations were likely to not make it up that year. Ever since, we’ve continued to decorate early. My son plays Christmas carols intermittently throughout the year, but fairly steadily from September or October through the holidays.

While giving gifts is one of my love languages, I have to admit that one of my favorite things on Christmas is our stockings. I don’t need much nor want much in the way of presents, but ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved the little surprises stuffed in the fur capped oversized sock hanging from the mantle.

I’m always in search of the perfect stocking stuffers for my boys, husband, and in-laws. This year I thought it might be fun to share with you some of my favorite finds.

How To Celebrate Despite Depression

How To Celebrate Despite Depression

Weddings. Holiday parties. Birthday celebrations.

They are all supposed to be happy and joyous. But what about when you’re battling depression?

I remember the year my mother died. Only a few months later, the holidays were upon us, and I sat at the foot of the Christmas tree sobbing. “I’m not ready to be the matriarch of the family!” I couldn’t muster up the happiness, joy, or peace we sung about in the Christmas carols. I just wanted to forget the holiday, and forget my grief, and yet I couldn’t.