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!
Make your family’s personality shine.
There are so many opportunities to do something during the Christmas season. Just be careful the things that you do fit your family’s personality. My family looks forward to going to the movies with aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, etc. We always have a puzzle out. We pull out the board games, speed scrabble, boggle. We love word games. We love puzzles. My sister-in-law Kris and I grab our books (or kindles) in the morning before everyone wakes for breakfast. These are our family times. We make them a priority. Dessert at my sister’s. Coffee at Barnes and Noble. What fits your family’s personality?
During the Christmas season we can grow weary in well doing and just downright exhausted. When we do, our family personality can turn sour during fun activities. A simple conversation about flying reindeer can turn into an argument. Cookie baking day can quickly fall into a disaster day. How do we avoid these sour attitudes? Well, remember to take a rest day, don’t pile too much on your plate and most of all, remember our fight is not against flesh and blood, there is a war going on above your head in the heavenlies. Satan likes to steal, kill and destroy. He loves to destroy the atmosphere of family time.
Pray this section of scripture for your family, inserting each family members names. The Word is a powerful tool! Try it!
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your (insert names)mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you (insert names)were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin).
31 Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you (insert names), with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).
32 And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.- Ephesians 4: 29-32
*(insert names) added by me.