Holidays and Families

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Thanksgiving is upon us this week and Christmas is right around the corner. Holidays mean spending time with families. For some that can be a blessing and for others, the thought of spending a lot of time with extended family can bring on stress. Regardless of how you feel about time with family at the holidays, there is something we can do to make it more joyful for everyone.

Romans 12:18

18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

Thanksgiving and Christmas with all of the preparations that go with them can be a stressful time for many people. We have more things to do and less time to get our regular duties completed. We generally don’t behave our best when we are experiencing stress. However, we have a choice in how we treat others. We have a choice in the words we use, the tone with which we speak and the way we act. We can choose to speak words of kindness in a pleasant tone rather than responding with irritation. 

It is all about what we choose to do. The Scripture in Romans is a beautiful reminder that we are called to live peaceably with ALL, not just those who are easy to live peaceably with. Sometimes, those in our family can push our buttons easier than anyone else. However, we always have a choice in how we respond.

James 3:18

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Let’s be people who reap a harvest of righteousness by sowing peace in our families this holiday season. One way to help you be a peacemaker is to spend time with the Lord in prayer BEFORE spending time with your family. Seek the Lord and ask Him to empower you with His Holy Spirit to be a peacemaker in your family. Ask Him to reveal ways you can bring peace to your family. As followers of Christ, let’s choose to show His love to those around us this holiday season!

 

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11 thoughts on “Holidays and Families

  1. Susan Akerman

    I really needed to hear this today. Heading into a stressful week. Thank you!

    • Susan, I think this post was for me more than anyone else! Holidays and families can make for a stressful time. I pray I can be a peacemaker and show Christ’s love to all.

  2. This is so pertinent and true. Family dynamics often don’t diminish but are magnified during the holidays, and the Norman Rockwell image dissovles into dissapointment unless we draw Christ into the center of our perspective.

    Also please remember to be Christ-like to the store clerks and checkout persons who so often feel the brunt of everyone else’s holiday tension.

  3. I can relate to what you said. Spending time with families can be very stressful and irritating especially when there’s too many kids, it’s unbearable up to some extent. I cannot read, write, study or do anything when there’s much noise so may God bring us patience and peace for the upcoming few weeks. Have a quite holiday in advance. 🙂

    • Bur911, it is a hectic time of year with lots of chaos. May we have the energy of all the little ones and the ability to see life through their eyes for a little bit. Blessings!

  4. Amen! Thanks for the reminder ahead of time!

  5. We all need this reminder during the holidays, thanks for saying it so well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Julie, thanks! It is definitely something we all need to be reminded about as we enter this holiday season. Have a joyful Thanksgiving!

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