Javadawn’s Holiday Survival Guide – Part I
The other night when we were out, I noticed, standing in line, that everyone has a holiday survival guide, so I, too, would like to offer MY 10 tips for entering and exiting the holidays in one peace.
1) Make certain that you have one good outfit to wear to all holiday gatherings. A good outfit will make all the difference, when you’re headed out. You will want to make certain that you choose a garment from Isaiah 61:10. I have found that obtaining my shoes from Ephesians 6:15 makes being on my feet too long, MUCH easier. Of course don’t forget your jewelry. Proverbs 25:11 should help you with that.
2) Eat well, eat often and eat a lot. Man, nor woman, can not live by bread alone. Feast on the Word of God.
3) Keep track of your expenses. Every thing that you do this season will cost you something. Make certain you are truly aware of the price of something before you take it on. Will making that 23rd type of cookie really make a difference to someone – or are you paying too high a price for it? Will it cost you sleep? Will it cost you relationship? If so, then the price you’re paying for that item is simply too high.
4) Deal only with real things. Picture perfect holidays are only perfect in pictures. Don’t be deceived into thinking that this perfection is something that is attainable.
If there was sound included with those pictures, I believe you’d hear who ever was closest to the baby singing, “Do you smell what I smell? A child, a child reeking in the night….” The children would be singing as well, “All I want for Christmas is my own bed-room, my own bed-room…” The Mommy is singing, “Oh HOLY night, the tub is sweetly calling….” and Daddy is likely to be heard “It doesn’t show signs of stopping and I can hear my joints are popping….” Having ears to hear truth in the midst of a perfect setting is very helpful.
5) Take your medicine. Laughter and joy are intended for our good. (Proverbs 17:22) In our family when one loses one’s sense of humor, it’s a serious situation. We all remember well eating dinner with another family who kept staring at us strangely and laughing tentatively – at the end of the meal the mother commented, “We need to have you over more. We never laugh around here. We NEVER laugh at the dinner table.” If this is you – ask the Lord to give you the “medicine” of laughter. Pour it out upon your family liberally.
There you have it – my first 5 Holiday Survival Guide Tips. (Move over Martha Stewart – here comes Javadawn!!)