Well, sweet moms, Thanksgiving is over. Don't you sometimes get to the end of the Thanksgiving meal and just say ... "Whew! I did it!" I hope you had many hands to make light work of the cleanup. Perhaps today there will be time for a cup of tea and a bit of reflection.
But wait--now it's time to start shopping for Christmas, right?
There's always something new to do! There can be so much stress during this season, and the running around and constant busy-ness gets to me, too. This year I'm actually thinking I'll probably miss all the extra activities having school-aged children in the house afforded, truth be told! And so if it's not one thing, it's another. There will still be presents to buy, meals to prepare, friends to host and surprises to plan, but most of all my heart will need to be reminded of the reason even the shops and the malls are full of worship songs--Jesus has come!
This seems a perfect time to introduce my friend Karen Ehman's newest book! With all the pressures of this time of year, it's a good time to think about the fact that we really *don't* have to manage every detail of life (since that's impossible, anyway!) Here's a bit about it--and you may even win a copy! Here's what Karen has to say ...
LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith
By Karen Ehman
Foreword by Candace Cameron Bure
Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals prepared, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you to:
- Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
- Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
- Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
- Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
- Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God
NOTE: A 6-week teaching DVD and Bible Study guide is also available for group and individual use.
And, you might just win a Kindle Fire for participating!
Do you often have Norman Rockwell-like expectations about the holidays — the decorations, the food, the gifts, the activity — laden schedule, the family get-togethers?
There are many areas where women want to exert control ensuring the perfect yuletide season. What if we learned instead to let go of unrealistic expectations and embrace an “out-of-control” Christmas this year: relaxing and relating in a peaceful manner while letting others offer input and ultimately allowing God to call the shots?
This five-day challenge will allow Christmas to go from chaos to calm as you learn to control what you should and trust God with what you can’t. The result? Less stressing and more blessing! Details at www.karenehman.com--or you can just click the cute "From Chaos to Calm" button to find out more!
Two readers will win a copy of Karen's book, so please leave a comment below to enter. Tell me ... what's the area of life you could use the most help in "letting go?"
I'll have random.org choose a winner on Tuesday at 5pm EST!