Things are kind of crazy right now.
Here we are a little less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and kicking off the holiday season, and we are still surrounded by post election hype and negativity. Add to it hectic schedules, dodging and ducking social media with some not-so-nice comments, and the season of thankfulness and gratitude is needed more than ever.
Let’s join together and pray for our families, for our country, and for people everywhere. Pray for strength, mercy, hope, and grace.
Here are two posts from friends and fellow writers, Elizabeth Giertz and Kristine Brown, on how we can navigate our way through this season of life. I hope you are blessed by their words.
by Elizabeth Giertz
It was a MESSY election season.
Everything, from the primaries to the debates and from the news to social media, was fraught with discontent and divisive conversations that left relationships shattered.
Mr. Trump is our new president. Like it or not, he will be sworn in on January 20th. Perhaps not everyone in your circle of influence voted for him. Maybe your own family was divided. There’s a good chance you were conflicted, too.
But it’s over now.
Today, we have to deal with what is.
How do we move forward as a country knowing that nearly half our population voted for someone else?
How can we continue to call ourselves the United States when we are so obviously divided?
To restore unity to our country we reflect, remember, and repair. [Read More]
by Kristine Brown
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 Msg.
The upcoming holidays can trigger a mix of emotions.
On one hand, I look forward to having time off from work, fun with family, and a chance to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
On the other hand, there’s the impending predicament of how to fit it all in. Before Thanksgiving, my mind starts to swirl around all the things on my to-do list that must get done. People to visit, school programs to attend, holiday parties, and more. Add in shopping, cooking, and celebrating, and the whole thing can get overwhelming. [Read More]
Praying for you this week!