5 things to help you through the holidays

It’s that time of year again. You know the time of joy & peace & love. Also, of depression, uncertainty, & how in the world am I going to get this all doneness? But y’all. How do you make it through the holidays without the annual hair falling out conference (as I have attended for several years)? I have to keep myself psyched up & organized (to a degree, because who am I kidding?) Here are a few things that may help you combat the bah humbug syndrome.

Christy Jordan, over at Southern Plate, has the best printables to stay organized at Christmas. To see these click here.

FREE Christmas Planner Printables

If you need a good  Southern recipe, she has that covered, too.

Whether you are eating, cooking, shopping, or just having a good ol’ fashioned meltdown for the holidays, remember to take a minute for yourself. This is priority. I have found that taking time to stop & study my Bible & spend time with the Lord COMFORTS ME SO.  Here are some verses to consider during this time.

  1. Good news! There’s hope in the Lord. No where else. Jesus came, lived, preached, & died on the cross for our sins. Because of this, we have forgiveness of sins & a home of heaven, if we are faithful.                           Proverbs 14:32 promises                                                                                                   32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. (KJV)
  2. You know that meltdown I was talking about? That’s real. Many dread the holidays because of the fact so much has changed in their lives. Loved ones have gone on. Health problems may keep some from enjoying the holidays, as they always have. There may be family problems, money problems, or any kind of problem that makes a person feel helpless. However, the Lord comes right in with another promise-                                                                   Matthew 11:28 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (NKJV)
  3. Remember to trust. This was my “One Word” that I focused on this year. And let me tell you, it has really brought me through some tough times. Just knowing God is with me & that He will take care of all my insecurities.   Psalm 46: 1-2God is our refuge and strength,
    A very present help in trouble.
    Therefore we will not fear,
    Even though the earth be removed,
    And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;(NKJV)
  4. How can you make it without love? Jesus says you can’t. That’s why in the scriptures He continually tries to drive home the message that we as humans need love.                                                                                                                            1 John 4:1111 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.(NKJV)
  5. And last but not least, expectations are the devil. These kids expect costly electronics, name brand clothes & shoes, the latest gaming system with you know, the expensive games. All of that costs money, right? You know the money that’s so hard to come by.  Make this season about love, joy, & peace. Let’s show our families that they are important. Because it doesn’t matter how fancy your house is, how new your car is, how much money is in the bank. If it costs you your soul, all is lost.                                                        Luke 9: 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?  (NKJV)

Y’all. Let’s make this Christmas what it’s supposed to be. Don’t let the burdens of expectations take a hold of you. Pray about it & then do your best with the situation you have. Ask others for help, if need be. Things tend to work themselves out. Don’t fret! I hope you are having a blessed week. I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: pinterest

Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll

Here are a few Thanksgiving things I have located around on the local intranet.  They seemed to tickle me.  Hope you enjoy them as well.  Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll!

Don' mind if I do.

Don’t mind if I do.

THanksgiving III

Praying for all y'all.

Praying for all y’all.

Piglet always has such wisdom.

Piglet has always been a fountain of wisdom.  I like that guy.

And don’t forget if you need any Thanksgiving help, this little gem over at Southern Plate has never failed to pile on a big heaping helping of recipes.

Click here for deliciousness.

Click here for deliciousness.

Love y’all like sweet potato casserole & turkey & dressing.

photo credits:  http://www.copiouscouples.tumblr.com, pinterest, somecards

Thanksgiving is this week…oh my!


I have been informed, by my ever so up to date 9 year old, that it is 35 days until Christmas. Which means Thanksgiving is this week! (Did I just say this week?)  I have been working on my menu for Thanksgiving Day.  It is going to be pretty wonderful.  We have lots of family coming to our house.  It will be a great day.  I wanted to share my menu with you:

Turkey & dressing (of course) my sweet husband is going to smoke the turkey, which was delectable last year & will be sure to please this year. 

Cranberry sauce

Homemade shells & cheese

Hashbrown casserole

Green beans

Lima beans

Sweet potato casserole

Mixed vegetable casserole

Deviled eggs

Homemade rolls

For dessert- Chess cake, pumpkin pie, & some other things that family will bring

I have been checking out Christy Jordan’s Southern Plate Blog.  She has so much going on over there for Thanksgiving.  Everything, I have ever seen on her blog, is something you would really eat. That is if you love southern food.  If you have not visited her, you should do that, soon!

I am ready to see my family & have some good food.  There are countless things I am thankful for.  However, here are a few that were in our church bulletin.

Be thankful for:

God’s goodness & mercy (I Chronicles 16:34) Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Our food (Matthew 15:36) And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks……

God’s creation (Psalm 75: 1) We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

For the care & compassion of others (II Corinthians 8:16)But thanks be to God who puts the same earnest care for you into the heart of Titus.

For our brethren (Ephesians 1:16)  do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers

For the church (Colossians 1:12-13) giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. v.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

For all things (Ephesians 5:20) giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Jesus- God’s indescribable gift (II Corinthians 9:15) Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

For the hope of heaven (Revelation 11:16-17) And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshipped God, v. 17 saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is & who was & who is to come. Because You have taken Your great power & reigned.

I Thessalonians 5:18 says it very well, “in everything give thanks;for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” It is so easy to pray with your list of wants.  Starting today, let’s make a habit of thanking God just as much as we ask from God.  I believe you will receive a blessing for it!

I am so glad you stopped by to visit with me today.  I hope you have a wonderful & safe Thanksgiving.  I have to be going now, because I should be washing clothes!