When all the dust has settled after Christmas each year, do you feel as if you have just lived through a huge storm? Although it's not always possible to do so, the simpler we keep things, the less we'll feel like that. Today's iv is a list of similarities between the Christmas season and hurricane season. One item I didn't see in the list was that people seem to be in crisis mode. I hope this makes you smile at this busy time of year.
How the Christmas Season Is Like Hurricane Season
10. Decorating the house (hurricane season: "decorating" with plywood)
9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since last season (hurricane season: camping gear, flashlights, etc.)
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "Specials"
6. Family coming to stay with you
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling you
4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... and in large quantities
3. Days off from work and school
1. At some point you're probably going to have a tree in your house!
This week we are in final exams on campus, so lots of stress and excitement. Please pray for our students as they depart for the four corners of the world beginning about noon on Thursday.
Do you have any secrets for keeping this time of year unstressful? I hope you all have a safe and sane Christmas/hurricane season this year!
I'll end this post with a picture I received recently of this year's winner of...
the Amish Christmas light contest!
"The very place of Joseph's affliction became the place of his fruitfulness." — Drew Conley (in connection with Gen. 41:52)
Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell your storm how big your God is.