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A message from Kairos this Christmas.
Since people are shopping and planning for Christmas, this might be a good time to share this article that Cathy Mendler, fellow newsletter writer, put up this week. It’s not her article but she too was looking for a way to help her readers get organized. She is an organizer, after all.
These science-backed secrets reveal why and how you spend, to help you become a more mindful shopper; this is the subtitle of Lauren Gelman‘s article.
My mother, after all, taught me a few tricks about shopping, one being don’t take your children shopping (except if they have to try on shoes, perhaps); and I’ve learned since that grocery shopping on an empty stomach may be one of the worst enemies of someone trying to mind their food intake (thanks to Weight Watchers for this tip). I’m sure I can come up with more than the attraction of holiday music and the store that’s been decorated since Halloween. Those who work in malls may be very tired of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” even before Christmas Eve arrives, at least that’s what my daughter said when she worked retail over the holidays.
Now if you’re just going to have coffee with a friend and you’ve got your shopping done, you can listen to the holiday music as much as you want or tune out the music while catching up.
Perhaps this article will help you keep your sanity and enjoy Christmas, because it’s not just about the gifts you get. There really is more to it. More about that in an upcoming post.
Today I posted over at Canadian Writers Who Are Christian.
When was the last time you were told to give thanks? Could you do it when you’re going through some challenging times?
I’ve struggled with this countless times, because, being human, I can always think of the negative and struggle to find the positive. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, I read, “Rejoice always, pray continuously, give thanks in all circumstances.” I struggle with that, even when there’s good stuff happening in the middle of overwhelming tension, and I anticipate and await the outcome or the next big thing, just as in our recent experience.
Read more here.
Carolyn Wilker is a member of The Editors’ Association of Canada,The Word Guild, Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship, The Baden Storytellers’ Guild and Toastmasters International. http://www.carolynwilker.ca
Waiting makes us exercise patience. What or who made you wait today? Perhaps it was waiting for your children to get dressed for the day, to come to breakfast, to tidy up toys. Or it may have been waiting on someone who is recovering from illness or injury. Waiting on a bus, waiting on a park bench, or waiting, like the boy in the picture, for the birds to come and eat the treat you left for them.
Jeff Goins writes in The In-Between:
Our journey is full of rest stops…that signal the arrival of things we anticipate. Sometimes, they’re worth the wait.
Love is patient, love is kind… (1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV)