Tough Times Thursdays: Eliminating Stress
READ: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
REFLECT: When you’re both stressed out, it’s easy not to be on the same page as your husband. The holidays don’t have to be as stressful as they might seem. Gift giving isn’t just limited to physical presents. Gift giving also includes the gift of your time, your presence, your energy, your enthusiasm, communication, and your prayers. Don’t just give, give, and give all day long and then not have anything left over for your husband in the evening.
Give your husband this gift during the holidays: make him a priority. God loves a joyful giver. Don’t give half-heartedly or because you feel like you have to – give because you want to honor and love your husband and God.
Make room for joy in your lives by eliminating common stressors (i.e. waiting to discuss “heavy topics” right before bed, overspending, overeating, getting too little sleep, being involved in everything, etc).
Make room for joy in your hearts by giving God you all too. Don’t just give God the leftovers either.
Make it a point to spend a little time each day getting to know your precious Savior.
Pray without ceasing, rejoice always, be thankful in everything. Let your life be an act of constant worship and praise. When you’re right with God, you’ll more likely be on the same page with your spouse.
Today’s JOY thought is taken from The Daily Generous Wife: How Will You Spend the Holidays?
“If you haven’t done so already, make the time to talk with your husband about winter holiday plans. What do you want to do? Not do? How will you handle expectations? Gift giving?”
“Why not ask your husband to spend a week or so [or a few days] praying and brainstorming with you to see if you can come to agreement on what is important, what you will do and what you won’t do. Remind yourselves that you need to make choices that are good for the two of you and your family. Get rid of traditions that don’t work and make a few that you would like to try.”
REACT: What is one practical thing you and your husband can do (or each do) to cut down on stress this season and give more joyfully?
RESPOND: Dear God, thank you for the gift of Christmas. We pray we wouldn’t be so wrapped up in the stresses and pressures of the holidays so we can focus on worshiping you, joyfully giving and serving, and enjoying one another. We pray that we would be on the same page financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically during Advent. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
REJOICE: What are you joyful for today? I am joyful for the gift of presence – the presence of my God. I am joyful for the gift of presence – the presence of my husband. I am joyful for able hands – to work and serve God and others.
Your Turn! Share 3 Things that you’re joyful for down in the comments below!