Somebody pass the double stuffed Oreos and a jar of crunchy peanut butter. This girl is about to step all over her hot pink, polka dot painted toes, and I'm gonna need a pedicure by the time I am finished! Seriously, could I have Ebenezer Scrooge’s DNA in my genes? It never fails, about this time of year I get me a little Grinch ATTITUDE. You know I have been known to pucker up that bottom lip, sway those hands in the air and do some momma mania shouting. Need I remind you, NONE of my actions honor the King!
There is the stress of the parties, functions, plays and events, the traffic, the endless search for the last minute gift (that you NEVER can find), and even the infamous throwing of the bathroom scales, after weighing in almost four pounds heavier in one week! Of course, I guess the weight gain should come as little surprise considering I devoured a whole sleeve of my favorite white chocolate- covered Oreos and ate more than my share at a local buffet.
Blame It on The Time of The Month
Ladies, just being candid, my Christmas stress always comes along at the wrong time of the month! You know, that one time when you cannot get enough of anything, chocolate or deep-fried. It is that one time of the month when you feel you weigh a ton and your hormones are so out of whack that you cry even at coffee and dog food commercials. Heaven forbid you turn on It’s A Wonderful Life or Little House on the Prairie……pass the Kleenex! Seriously, last night, while watching The Waltons I felt like I was having an emotional melt down...
The Part Where I go to Hissing
Honeychild, I ain't gonna lie, it is during these times that I have been known to lash out at my husband. Yes, you heard me right. No matter how spiritual you are, we all have sinful selfish desires because we are all sinners and sometimes when we don’t get our way, a quarrel is sure to follow.
There have been occasions that I have had to remind myself to take the focus off of me and my wants, and through God’s power, I have to pray for what is best for me, my husband, and our family. You see God’s word clearly tells us in the book of James that when we don't handle our words and thoughts in a gracious manner, trouble is sure to follow.
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. ~James 4:1-3
Humbled & Seeking Forgiveness
Just being candid, I had to do something this weekend that was very humbling. I called a family meeting and in front of my husband and the kids, I just had to say “I am sorry.” You see, anger is inevitable. Anger itself is not wrong, but as a child of God, I have to choose: Will I handle that anger and hurt with bitterness or will I handle it in a Christ-like manner?
There are times when I just have to pour out my heart to God. I have to seek forgiveness where I need to, and ask the Lord to help me to seek Him first during the Christmas season.
This Christmas season when I start to feel sad, I will start counting my blessings. When I begin to feel myself getting down, or depressed, I will count more blessings. Believe me, my life and your life, my friend, are filled with plenty of blessings! I want to be intentionally thankful and grateful!
Trading In My Hissing For A Little Kissing!
This Christmas season when my kids sneak down the stairs, I want to hear them singing, “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the Mistletoe last night.” Better yet... hmmm...I am thinking there is a verse coming on that says "I saw mommy tickle Santa Claus…"
Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. ~Colossians 4:6 MSG
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