It’s Friday, December 18th. One week until Christmas! How are you feeling? My prayer is that you have done the busy work this past week so that you can slow down and focus on your family and the birth and life of Christ these next few weeks!
I am a huge list maker. If you are still feeling frantic, then I suggest that you take an hour to sit down and write out everything else that you must accomplish in the next few days. I realize that when you run a Mom Business, things are rarely 9-5! You may have had some last minute orders come in that you are excited about but you’re just not sure how to fit it all in! My advice? Ask for help. If you are feeling overwhelmed this last week before Christmas, get your family and close friends involved.
Let your immediate family know what needs to be done and how you are feeling about it. You can get everyone in the family involved at some level of your business! Even the toddlers can help you stick address labels on cards! Make it fun for everyone with the promise of milk and cookies for their efforts, and you’ll get things done in half the time! If you have bigger jobs that still need to be done, ask a close friend for some help! It is a busy time of year for everyone, but if you spend the hour over lunch working, eating and chatting…it’s a win-win for everyone.
Take this weekend to catch up on anything big that just HAS to get done, and then save the rest until after the holidays. I want to encourage you to make this coming week about GIVING and SERVING. Talk with your family about what this means and why it is important to serve one another as Jesus did.
Call up your church. Ask your secretary if there are any jobs that need completed that you can accomplish as a family. Make copies, clean, fold programs, etc. This is a wonderful gift to give your church and a busy secretary this time of year!
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Make gifts for the elderly in your neighborhood or visit a nursing home. Sit with them awhile and let them know that someone cares… and that God loves them. Let the younger ones color pictures with scripture verses about God’s love. Many elderly people do not feel loved at all. Especially this time of year. Do whatever you can to remind them that they are valued and precious to our Heavenly Father!
Is it snowy in your area? Shovel some driveways when no one is looking!
Ask around at church or school to find a family in real need this year. With the economy the way it is right now, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding someone. Purchase gifts and make goodies for this family. Consider purchasing a grocery gift card for them as well. Secretly deliver it to the family and make sure no one utters a word!
The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
Until Next Time…
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