Welcome to the Love Follower Hop organized by Kathy of I Am A Reader, Not a Writer.
Two copies of Putting God Back in the Holidays are given away, thanks to Moody Publishers.
Bill and Penny Thrasher
Holidays stress me out at times. "Uh oh, it is almost Valentine's Day." I've been known to still be wrapping Christmas gifts until lunchtime.
The Thrashers cover several holidays with practical hints on making them holy-days with families. Just as Christ is part of our everyday lives, not just Sundays, include Him in our holidays.
One chapter is "Not forgetting the D word during the holidays." D = diligence and self-discipline, not desires, drives, desserts! In sum, when we control the holidays, and not let them control us, there is more joy.
So how do we find joy? Flipping the pages to the chapter on Valentine's Day, there is a chart of negative thoughts about self paired with scripture to show you are special and loved by God. A practical suggestion for Valentine's Day is to read Matthew 25:35-40 and then visit a nursing home or a homeless shelter to minister as a family.
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