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Working Mom’s Devotional: Turning Holiday Attitude Into Gratitude

Working Mom's Devotional

Most busy women I know are carrying too much, sleeping too little, and don’t have enough hours in the day!  Sound familiar?

It’s easy to carry around a big fat attitude.  Especially with the holidays approaching and the feeling like we have to “do it all” or it won’t get done.   Here are a few familiar gripes in my circle of working moms.

  • My in-laws aren’t bringing a thing to Thanksgiving dinner!  Guess who is doing all the work?
  • Who has time for shopping?  I can’t believe Christmas is around the corner.
  • How am I going to keep off the five pounds I worked so hard to shed with all the holiday events?
  • They’re already playing Christmas carols in the shopping mall — you’ve got to be kidding me!
  • Can I just stay home alone with no interruptions for an evening?  
  • If men were in charge of Christmas it would never happen!  

Yet God repeatedly tells us to exude gratitude, not attitude.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankfulColossians 3:15

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28

No, this doesn’t mean that we can’t vent with our friends.  (Note to readers:  you are welcome to vent on the blog.)

But it does mean that we need to be intentional about giving thanks.   Gratitude isn’t a feeling.  It’s a choice.

What are some of your gripes as the holidays approach?  Are you ready to “give thanks in all circumstances” and turn attitude into gratitude? 

[Bonus tip:  the best way to raise ungrateful kids is to model ungrateful, whiny behavior. Just give it a test!]

Why Holiday Feasting Is A Spiritual Act

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Are you still feeling guilty about over-indulging at the Thanksgiving table?  And what about the cookies, pie, and chocolates that invade your home, office, and social activities this time of year?

If you’re like me, the holiday feasting has just begun.

Why fight it?  Holiday guilt is for wimps.

Which is why I’m going to manage the feasting.  Physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Will you join me in embracing the spiritual aspect of holiday feasting?  Simply put, God loves a good meal.

I started thinking about this before Thanksgiving.  Pastor Eric set the stage by taking a closer look at Jesus’ infamous miracle – the Feeding of the 5,000.  Did you know that this is the only miracle of Jesus to appear in all four Gospels?

I’ve heard this story dozens of times.  And I’ve always focused on Jesus, the boy with the loaves and fish, the disciples, and the crowd.

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Are You Thankful For Work?

During Thanksgiving, we tend to thank God for the same things each year — family, faith, health, relationships, food, shelter, income, material provisions.

I got to thinking, When is the last time we thanked God for work?

It’s usually not at the top of my list.  Yes, I’ve thanked God for a paycheck, for the security of my work.  But what about thanking God for the ability to work?  Even the privilege to work?

We can learn much from the unemployed.

Like my friend I’ll call Lisa.  Lisa is a single executive who’s been out of work for 5 years.  Sure, she misses a paycheck – she’s gotten by on savings, unemployment, selling things she doesn’t need, and part-time jobs.
But you know what she really misses?

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