[Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of a 2-part interview series talking with Christian women on how they deal with holiday stress. To read part one, click here.]
How do busy leaders keep emotionally grounded during the holidays?
Church leader, active mother, and missionary wife, Wendy said, “I schedule time by myself (hopefully weekly) for hot chocolate and reading a Christmas favorite. If I have the time, I give myself a pedicure. Who cares if no one but my husband sees my toes at that time of year – it makes me feel good!”
How do these wonder women continue to grow spiritually during this busy time of year?
Charlyn, an active business owner and wife of a pastor says she makes appointments with God. “I purpose to be intentional with the days God gives me. I plan my calendar in advance. I ask God to guide my heart as I purposely schedule days or periods of time that are for focusing on God. I guard these times that are scheduled in the midst of the busy Christmas season. Also, I purpose to keep my early morning Bible study consistent no matter what season or how busy I am. This is a bit challenging but God reminds me that I serve HIM, not church programs or other people’s expectations.”
Charlyn also reformats existing meetings. “I support keeping the church calendar simple by celebrating Christ’s birth at the times we are already meeting. This is good for our church members as well!”
Paul said in his letter to the Philippians they should deny anxiety and think about that which is positive:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Phil. 4:6-8 NIV)
That’s advice we should all take to heart. There is no purpose in beating ourselves up about “falling short” during the holidays. Accepting simpler holiday traditions, asking for help, and most importantly–separating from the busyness daily to read our Bible and pray will help each of us find peace during the holidays.