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Have a Little Breathing Space This Christmas

You’re in charge of what kind of holiday you’re going to have

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Are you feeling the pinch as we inch toward the big holiday? Here are a dozen tips to keep you in balance:

1. On each of the 12 days of Christmas or eight days of Hanukkah, tackle one shelf, drawer, or closet, and put it all in order.

2. Spend a few minutes contemplating what presents you are going to buy for whom. Then draw up a list and take it with you –- this will help keep you focused against becoming overwhelmed once inside stores.

3. Instead of being buffeted by crowds at the large shopping malls, shop at stores in small commercial strips or with free-standing locations.

4. Order by mail if there is time before the holidays, but ask that your name be kept off the vendors’ direct mail lists. Receiving unwanted catalogs all year long diminishes your breathing space and contributes to landfills.

5. Reduce the strain of carrying large bundles by choosing smaller-sized gifts such as jewelry, compact discs, and so forth.

6. Shop on Monday, Tuesday, or evenings. Avoid weekend shopping!

7. Give yourself frequent breaks while shopping. It is not a marathon event, and there is absolutely no reason to make shopping for friends and loved ones anything but a joyful experience. So lighten up!

8. If stores offer gift wrapping, have them wrap your gifts, even if it’s for a fee. You’ll know it was the right decision when you get home and realize you have one less thing to do.

9. If you find a gift that would please many people on your gift list, such as chocolates or a book, buy quantities in one transaction to reduce overall shopping time.

10. When buying holiday gifts and cards, make your shopping count three or four times. Think of who is having a wedding, birthday, or baby. Planning ahead may mean doing a little additional shopping now, but you’ll avoid many more trips in January, February, and March.

11. Once you get the packages home, take them to your table or desk to complete the shopping trip – you still need to remove tags and stickers, file invoices, wrap items, mail some, and store others.

12. Remember, you’re in charge of what kind of holiday you’re going to have– not Madison Avenue, Currier and Ives, or any other manufactured notion of what your life should include.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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Here’s What Life Would Look Like if Revival Broke Out

Imagine churches overflowing with people eager to worship and learn more about God.

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What would life look like for society if God brought revival? Probably something like this:

Imagine a society where every morning begins with families gathered together, reading the Bible and praying for guidance, wisdom, and strength to live according to God’s will. As the sun rises, neighborhoods come alive with the sounds of worship music, and the aroma of shared breakfasts where neighbors regularly meet to encourage one another in their faith and discuss the Scriptures. Schools and workplaces start the day with prayer and a short devotional, setting a tone of humility, gratitude, and purpose for the day ahead.

Imagine a community where businesses operate with integrity and transparency, prioritizing ethical practices over profit. Employers and employees treat each other with respect and kindness, creating a workplace culture that reflects Christ’s love. Decision-making processes are guided by biblical principles, and customer service goes beyond transactions, aiming to serve and bless others. Financial success is seen as an opportunity to give generously and invest in community projects, ensuring that no one goes without their basic needs met.

Imagine a government that seeks to uphold justice and righteousness, drawing from biblical teachings to enact laws that protect the vulnerable and promote the common good. Leaders at every level are chosen for their godly character and wisdom, dedicating their service to God and the people they represent. Public policies are crafted with compassion and a commitment to fairness, addressing issues like poverty, healthcare, and education with a heart for restoration and hope. National days of prayer and fasting bring the country together, uniting citizens in their desire for God’s guidance and blessing.

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Imagine churches overflowing with people eager to worship and learn more about God. Congregations are vibrant and active, with members participating in various ministries and outreach programs, sharing the gospel and meeting the needs of their communities. Sunday services are a time of joyous celebration and deep reflection, and the love among believers is palpable. Discipleship and mentorship flourish, with seasoned Christians guiding new believers in their spiritual growth. The church acts as a refuge and a beacon of hope, drawing people from all walks of life into a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ.

Imagine a culture where the arts, media, and entertainment reflect biblical values and the beauty of God’s creation. Music, films, and literature inspire and uplift, conveying messages of truth, redemption, and love. Social media platforms are used to spread positivity, encouragement, and the gospel, fostering a virtual community of believers who support and pray for each other. Public discourse is marked by grace and respect, even in disagreements, as people strive to see and treat others as image-bearers of God.

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Imagine individuals living with a profound sense of purpose and identity rooted in Christ. Personal relationships are characterized by selflessness, forgiveness, and a genuine desire to honor God in every interaction. Families are strong and united, with parents diligently teaching their children the ways of the Lord and setting an example of faith and obedience. People find joy and fulfillment in serving others, seeing their daily activities—whether mundane or extraordinary—as acts of worship. In this revival of biblical Christianity, life is lived abundantly, to the glory of God, and the love of Christ transforms hearts, homes, and nations.

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One Chapter In the Bible Explains EVERYTHING

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Does the Bible have anything to explain what is going on in our country right now? You bet it does! PolitiCrossing Founder Chris Widener explains the three things II Thessalonians 2 tells us will happen before the end, and as you will see, it explains EVERYTHING!

1. The Rise of Lawlessness
2. The rise of the Man of Lawlessness
3. A powerful delusion

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