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Take the Stress out of Christmas  

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Stressed about Christmas? You should be!!! It’s right around the corner, and it’s going to be over before you know it. If it will make you feel better, scream right now. Feel better?


Here’s the deal: there are Marthas and there are Marys. Some get stressed and some don’t. My wife and I are one of each, and let me just say that we Marys cause MORE stress for the Marthas. Marys see all the fun and Marthas see all the things to be done. I’m not sure how you can change who you are, but maybe there are things you can do to be less stressed out.


That’s why I’m asking my stressed-out wife to give her thoughts (secretly I’m thinking it might help her as well). Here’s my lovely, stressed-out wife’s suggestion: marry someone who’s understanding and loving!


Isn’t she adorable? Hmm . . . well, anyway I guess this turned out to be for those who DON’T get stressed out. We need to be understanding of our stressed-out spouses, AND we need to avoid adding to the stress by having such high expectations of fun and by being bothered when they are stressed out. That’s just the way they were created. In fact, it’s almost absurd to think that I, a non-stressed person, can instruct a completely, differently wired, stressed-out person to avoid the stress. Even Jesus, when he told Martha that she was missing out on the best, didn’t offer any instructions. He just stated the fact.


So if you’re stressed out, print this off and give it to your spouse. And if you’re not stressed out, try to be understanding, let the comments roll off your back (easier to write than do), and ask your spouse how you might help lessen the stress.


Isn’t marriage at Christmas fun?


Be real,



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Loving God with All Our Mind 

By Dee Jones

Fall–another school year is beginning and where are our thoughts? We find ourselves thinking non-stop about curriculum choices, lesson planning, schedules, meals, and much more. It is so easy to let our minds run to overwhelming responsibilities and to-do lists.

Preparing to homeschool our children takes time, energy, and planning, which are good things, but too much of this can cause discouragement and stress. When difficult moments arise, we are given the opportunity to exercise our faith and refocus our thoughts towards God.

Here are three steps to help refocus:

    1. Recognize the negative thoughts.
      We must recognize when our thinking is stinking. Our thoughts stink when they do not align with God’s word and are contrary to His nature. When this happens we must be quick to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
    1. Talk to yourself.
      C.J. Mahaney points out in his book Humility, “Christians spend way too much time listening to themselves instead of speaking to themselves.”Too often we listen to the voice in our head say, “I do not have time for this. I will never get it done. I am a failure!” Sound familiar? Instead we need to speak words of truth to ourselves, “It is God who works in me to will and to act according to His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). I will accomplish in this day what He has called me to do. I will do all things for and to His glory.”Speak truth to yourself and do not be pulled down by the lies of the enemy.
  1. Spend time alone with God.
    Nothing helps us refocus our minds more than time alone with God. For us moms this time can be hard to find! We have many demands in a day, especially when our children are small. Each day is filled with instructing, explaining, correcting, and comforting so we need to be filled by the Lord to pour into our families.Try to give yourself a few minutes each day. Sit at the feet of your Savior, renew your mind (Romans 12:2) with scripture, be still and listen.
Loving God with our minds takes time and discipline, but for everything He calls us to, He equips us for. God Bless.

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