"Tests are not a plot and conspiracy against you. A test is to determine what you know, to see if you're ready for the next level (ie - a math test). Don't moan over tests — count them all joy, and pass them!" — Karen Jensen
Christmas is a wonderful time of year – it’s when we celebrate Jesus’ birth! Peace on earth, God’s good will toward mankind! It’s the Greatest Story Ever Told, and we are the recipients of it – God’s grace and mercy and salvation!
But this time of year can also get a little crazy for parents, am I right? Sometimes in the midst of all the activities, shopping, toy-induced tantrums, financial pressure, obligations and family dynamics to navigate, we can lose track of the joy of it all.
I understand! When my kids were little it seemed like there was so much going on that I always felt behind, and I wondered if I was doing everything “right” (am I the only one who compared our life to idyllic Christmas movies? Bad idea!).
Over the years I’ve discovered a few tips to give parents the WIN during this busy time of year:
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Here’s what I’ve learned after being alive for a few years: stuff happens. Has it happened to you too? Yep - every one of us goes through “stuff.” The devil may have told you that you’re the only one, but he’s a liar! The storms of life come to everyone.
It’s what you do in the midst of the “stuff” that determines your outcome. Don’t be surprised when stuff comes, just be ready! We do that by daily refueling with the Word of God and then when everything is hitting the fan, determine to NEVER QUIT.
Now, I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, or even the greatest faith woman on the planet, but there is one thing I’m pretty good at: I know how to keep going. I refuse to quit. That doesn’t sound too glamorous, but here’s the truth: if you don’t quit, you’ll win!
I suppose I learned that lesson after my first husband died when we were both only 37...
My first book Why God Why starts out with a story from New Year’s Day, 1997, when my first husband Brent went to bed before me and by the time I got there (about an hour later) he had died and gone to heaven.
As you might guess it was completely devastating, and I had questions! “Why God, why?” It didn’t make any sense to me that my big, strong 37-year-old husband who hadn’t been sick could just die without warning.
Has anything ever happened to you (or someone you know) that didn’t make sense? I think we could all say yes, and if so, then this book is for you. I call it “a manual for getting past the pain.” Here are three of the excerpt blogs from the book that readers have liked best:
Karen’s interview is at 1:55
Lots of people have asked me how Bob & I met, so here’s the story:
In June 2012 I was writing Why God Why? and I “just happened” to be writing about the grief process – how there are stages to go through if you’ve suffered loss, but how no one else can dictate how fast or slow, easy or hard, you go through each stage....
We just finished your Parenting DVD series in our church. I am so grateful for this teaching! The timing was perfect for my husband and me. At the end of each session I felt more encouraged and equipped in my role as a parent. I can do this! Having the worksheets that went along with the videos will be invaluable reminders of what was taught.
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