Christmas is a big build up. It starts Black Friday and then for four plus weeks it doesn't stop. Holiday Music. Lights. Parties. Santa. Shopping. Sweets. Presents. Glitter Cards. Then we get to Christmas Eve and Christmas and it's Magic! But the day after Christmas, it suddenly stops.
What happened to the magic?
On Facebook and Instagram. We might see pics of what was. Smiles. Presents. Trees. But the trees are coming down. The Party is over. Christmas is now in the rear view mirror.
It's that lull between Christmas and the New Year -- that's a weird state. Can we just fix that?
I have some tips. But be warned, these aren't tips that come easy. I deal with the after math of the post Christmas blues myself every year. It takes me a bit to remember how to recover. Here are my tips.
I call this my "Go Back" Tip,...
I grew up going to church. Every Sunday and frequently on Wednesday it seems my family was always there in the building. Can I be honest? Most of the time I didn't want to be there.
I was a fidgety kid. I remember sitting in the Church pew hearing more prayers than I can count. Some were simple and profound. Touching and real. But most were just long drawn out speeches trying to influence God -- and all those listening. It was a sales pitch usually combined with an alter call. That was my perception of prayer.
What’s interesting is that despite all my years of going to church and "being" in church, rarely did anyone talk about WHAT prayer really is. It was if they assumed you just knew.
Sure, we heard the Lord’s prayer, and I was even taught how to pray. That is really important, but what about understanding what prayer really is? Not necessarily the why - but the...
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