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Love Sharon Jaynes and her newest book!!

bookphotoI have had a blast being a part of the launch team for Sharon Jaynes’ new book…

AND TODAY IS THE RELEASE DAY FOR THE BOOK!

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Sharon Jaynes’ heart toward prayer and marriage is honestly reflected in her newest book Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe: A Daily Guide to Scripture-Based Prayer.  This book’s unique approach to praying for our husbands sets this guide apart from others I have read.

Literally, Sharon Jaynes guides women through Scripture to pray for their husbands’ bodies, minds and souls by using physical landmarks. This book provides the framework for consistent prayer for our husbands, and it supplies us with thirty days of daily landmarks to guide our prayer time.

I break each day’s guide into sections and I use this book in conjunction with my ongoing Bible study and quiet time. This is guide will continue to be part of my daily prayer time.

Sharon has included specific prayer landmarks that I find myself using for other people in my life as well.

What a blessing this book is proving to be! 

One more reason to love the writing and teaching of Sharon Jaynes…

Choosing A “Nontradtional” Holiday Season…

When Bear and I were raising our man-cubs, we marked our seasons with a scrapbook of traditions.

These traditions were  created or adapted to fit our Christian faith, our beliefs and the history of our family. There was comfort in the structure. However, as grandparents aged, children grew then moved away, and work schedules changed, those traditions began to unravel…

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Today what remains is fragmented and honestly, far less complicated.

Today we snatch and hoard moments of time with loved ones and those moments are not tied to a date on a calendar. Windows of time have become our tradition…or rather our “nontradition” because how we spend the time can change with  each new season…weekends at the beach, time in a cabin in the mountains, a Broadway musical, a women’s retreat, concerts, etc…

The only tradition we currently observe is that we  “traditionally” change our traditions to meet the needs for that season. Therefore, I guess they are not traditions…really.

The gifts are fewer because we have everything we need. Holiday meals are simpler, and they are based on the individual favorites of those gathering with us.  A Crock pot of baked potato soup, grilled steaks, buffalo chicken dip, or late night breakfast casseroles…Food and family time  are shared in a variety of ways.

More importantly than the traditions and the food, our focus has become Father and family.

During advent we preparing for Christ’s birth and Lent leads us  to Resurrection Day, we pull in and regroup.  We spend more time preparing our hearts and minds than we do  decorating or shopping or cooking. Serving others takes precedent.

 

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Cooking…eh…not so much anymore…

I opt out of ridiculously long cooking events and laborious hours of washing fine china.  Simple fare on festive disposable tableware…satisfying and comforting…I am deliberately choosing a “Mary-at the feet of Jesus” position over that of “Martha- overdoing it in the kitchen” during these seasons (Luke 10:39-42).

I applaud others who enjoy elaborate holiday preparation. High fives all around! Truly! So many of my friends are fabulous with holiday details and extreme food preparation, but it’s just not me… anymore. Again, I would rather be a Mary…in the living room  taking in the moments and watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Elf…with my family.   I am passing on the physical exhaustion and the frustration that follows when things do not meet with my expectations.

This year, I  will spend a large part of Thanksgiving Day in the hospital with my sweet momma, a.k.a. the Bionic Woman, as she recuperates from knee replacement surgery. Uninterrupted time with  my 73 year old momma means more to me than a huge Thanksgiving meal or being among the masses for the Black Friday sales. 

I am curious…

Do you adhere to strict timeless traditions or are you finding that your holidays are becoming more “nontraditional”  these days? If so, why?
 
 

The Whatevers…

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Seeking Jesus in the “whatevers”…

This Holly Rhodes print hangs in my lime green kitchen, and it serves as a cheerful  daily reminder of the  Philippians 4:8 lifestyle. The print cuts to the bones of this verse. It removes the whatevers…

Sometimes we get lost in the “whatevers…”

We become tangled in the immediate-ness of life’s messes and the day-to-day struggles. Whatever’s the most current political mess, whatever’s the newest fad, whatever’s the freshest heart wound, whatever’s the next activity that is screaming in my face for immediate attention…

Life is full of whatevers…Most are distractions…and they separate us from the daily presence of the only One who brings sense to our chaotic lives.

The Philippians 4:8 “whatevers” lead us to what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. These whatevers lead us to Jesus…

What are your “whatevers” today?

Refocus…shift gears…

Today, let’s be deliberate and seek truth…

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