Welcome to your twenty-five day countdown and thriving guide. Make sure you click the follow via email button on the right to receive your “25 Days of Thriving through Christmas” in your inbox each day! Raising children from hard places is challenging. Surviving the holidays with a smile on your face while parenting is even more challenging, that’s why the Positive Adoption Team has put together this handy little series. Don’t stress. It’s not a huge to-do, not more than a paragraph or two each day. Easy peasy and encouraging. So, take a minute each morning, open your inbox and read. This year, let’s not just survive the Christmas season, let’s thrive!
Do something for someone else and have the kids participate.
You know the old saying “it is easier to do something yourself than to ask for help”? Throw it out the window. Let’s replace that with something more meaningful and eternal, “it takes time to train others and be patient when they don’t know what to do, but the time is an investment, not a waste.” Time is a precious and irreplaceable resource, but people are more precious. Some of our children have gifts that we are not even aware of. And isn’t this the season of giving gifts. Let’s let our children give their gifts to the Christ child and watch them grow!
This season, two of my children and I have been involved in a major production of Scrooge, A Christmas Carol.
This season let us use our resource of time and ourselves and pour it like a precious drink offering into the kingdom! And let me tell you, the kingdom is fun, it is not dry or boring. It is exciting and energizing to work side by side with brothers and sisters!
The most important harvest of this season is new names written in the Lambs Book of Life. The Lord used the vehicle of Scrooge to do just that. Thank you Jesus for new siblings in the kingdom!
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the place of the dead), where you are going.”-Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,: Colossians 3:23
We can quickly and inadvertently give our children the idea that Christmas is all about them and gifts. The act of Jesus coming to earth as a infant, leaving His throne in heaven and sacrifice Himself for us is the ultimate gift. We honor Him when we sacrifice for Him, the very gifts and talents He has given us, when we give our hands for His service, whether it is passing out food at a food pantry, ringing a bell at the mall, taking gift baskets to shut-ins or waiting on our own flesh and blood with a patient attitude in our own home. Do whatever your hand finds to do with all your might today!