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!
Plan a rest day.
Things are hectic during the Christmas season. Christmas parties. Extra church services. Concerts. Plays. Cookie days. Everyone gets cranky and tired. It is inevitable. You are in control of the schedule, so make sure you plan a rest day now and then. It is worth it. Sit around. Watch Christmas movies. Stay in your pjs. Shop online instead of bundling up and going out. Make hot chocolate and roast marshmallows on the fire. Remember the season isn’t made better by running around and seeing who can do the most, be the most or go to the most church events. The season is made better by resting in the one who made all things. The Word who was present at the beginning took on the guise of sinful flesh. He knew what it was to feel tired, to feel cold, to be pressed upon by the demands of life. Jesus slipped away from the crowd to refresh Himself. He rested. While we anticipate His birthday, it okay to pull away from the demands of life, refresh and rest.
When day came, Jesus left and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and came to Him and tried to keep Him from going away from them.- Luke 4:42
It was time for Jesus to move on and preach in another town. He spend some time contemplating and praying about his next move before he told the crowds who followed him, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God in other cites”. We parents much take the time for seclusion when and where we can get it, a few moments in the morning, hiding in the bathroom, just to contemplate, sort things out. How can we be the best ambassadors for Christ today? Staying at home and chilling? Giving our bodies some much needed down time? Don’t let others persuade you to do something that you KNOW is not best for you and your family whether it is a ‘good’ thing or not! Just as Jesus did, tell them you have another purpose today.