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Life lessons during this Christmas holiday season

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Trying to focus more on relationships then consumerism this year? Try these tips.

  • Enjoy being in the middle. Most of us are not poor yet not not rich. This is more than evident as we hit the shopping centers. Learn ideas on how to enjoy life as the cream filling.
  • Don't skip out on the traditions. Most traditions are the little things that are free and simple. People remember traditions more than the year they got the big screen TV.
  • Are your kids wish lists a mile longer than your budget? Are you noticing that everyone wants more than you can handle? Here is an example of how boundaries and saying no can be a blessing.
  • Count your blessings. Spend time making a list of all the great things you have already. Use tricks like going through the alphabet and givng a blessing for each letter. A is for Aunt Anna, B is for the Bible, C is for our cats, D is for my Dad, etc.
  • Don't let your schedule be too busy to pray. Try prayer walking through your house.
  • Last but most importantly, it's not the price or size of the gift but the love it contains. Give passionate gifts.

The old saying has been around for a reason...because it is true: "It's not the size of the gift that matters, it's the thought that matters." Focus on that this season and everything else will fall into place.

Mary’s Song from the account of Jesus' birth found in Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said:“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”

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