Dec十四

在圣诞节帮助孩子们战胜贪婪的十个想法新利18luckIM电竞牛

2015 at 2:22 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre 归档下Homemakingγ假期γMotherhood

圣诞节使父母处境艰难。我们爱我们的孩子。We want to give them good gifts.我们享受他们热切的期待和在圣诞节早晨的盛宴。但作为基督徒的父母,we know there is a dark side to gift giving: greed.All of the presents can seem little more than brightly wrapped packages of temptation.有人想自私自利地享乐或绝望,depending on whether or not our children got what they wanted.贪婪可以控制,把我们作为一种祝福的意愿转变成我们养育子女的挫折感。

那么,我们如何同时慷慨地给予和压制贪婪呢?新利18luckIM电竞牛We女歌手做了一些头脑风暴和想法分享,提出了十个想法让我们都开始。

1.是有意的。贪婪不会自己消失;我们得给这个涂点家长用的护肘油。这不是一次性的,新利18luckIM电竞牛like"你还记得我们摆脱圣诞节贪婪的那一年吗?""We're going to be dealing with it for a while,so we have to resist the temptation to get angry or discouraged if it doesn't seem like our efforts are bearing fruit right away.

2。多说。Deuteronomy 6 is a great Christmas passage.我们需要和我们的孩子们谈谈贪婪和感激,以及在圣诞节赞美上帝意味着18luck外围投注什么。It's tempting to give up,因为我们的教诲常常是从一只耳朵进到另一只耳朵出,but we are called to be faithful.

My husband likes to have little Q&A sessions with the kids and throw in a ridiculous answer to make it memorable (broccoli often makes an appearance in these little conversations).Thus our Christmas Catechism sounds something like this:

Q.什么比得到更好??

A.Giving is better than Getting

Q.为什么比得到更好??

A.因为耶稣就是这样做的。

Q.什么比得到更好?(此处增大音量)

A.Giving is better than Getting

3.做圣诞记忆。圣诞传统有助于引导孩子对活动和记忆的期待,而不仅仅是获得礼物。这就是我们喜欢庆祝来临的原因之一:它每天提醒我们,我们等待的不仅仅是树下的礼物。饼干烘焙,圣诞灯光观赏,而故事阅读也有类似的目的。

4.做圣诞节列表。除了米米的圣诞清单外,我们还让孩子们为他们想要的做清单。giveto family members.Then we let them loose in the Target dollar section to buy presents for their siblings and Daddy and Mommy.这是他们最喜欢的圣诞节传统之一,and it is fun to see their excitement channeled toward giving and away from getting.

5。读圣诞故事。A great addition to Christmas story 新利18luckIM电竞牛time: books that highlight the joy giving such as小妇人,,The Gift of the Magi,,If You're Missing Baby Jesus,,圣诞节早上还有更多。强有力的故事可以帮助唤醒孩子们对给予的魔力的想象。

6。给有需要的人。Involve your children in giving gifts to those who are in need or who are suffering at Christmas新利18luckIM电竞牛time.We enjoy buying presents for newly adopted children or contributing to a family's adoption,but there are countless opportunities at Christmas新利18luckIM电竞牛time to give locally and around the world.Giving to others helps children take their eyes off themselves and understand how much they have to be grateful for.

7.给予经验的礼物。除了玩具,you can include gifts of experience under the tree: books,杂志订阅,当地博物馆的会员资格,tickets to a special event,艺术或音乐课程,or (my favorite) a family trip or outing.随着时间的新利18luckIM电竞牛推移,你的孩子可能会对这些礼物有更多的期待。

8.尽量减少诱惑。换言之,隐藏圣诞节目录。Avoid spending long hours in the toy section at Target with your child.限制假日广告的曝光。Redirect conversations that begin,"你知道我圣诞节想要什么吗?"但不要和祖父母搞混了。Do the hard work of parenting so that Grandma and Grandpa can have the joy of being as generous as they desire.

9.制定礼品开放战略。We like to open gifts slowly,一个人,one gift at a 新利18luckIM电竞牛time.This takes a while,but the slow pace helps restrain greed and promote gratefulness.We are training our children to pay attention when someone else is opening a gift and enter into their joy.And we also insist that our children give hugs and kisses and"太感谢你了”在打开每个礼物之后。有一个能鼓励耐心的送礼策略,gratefulness,and a focus on others can counteract the greed that wants to own the day.

10。Cultivate Christ-like Character.We may have outgrown a childish greed for presents,但作为父母,我们还是很想自私地过圣诞节,for our own comfort or gratification.我们需要上帝的恩典来帮助我们无私地服务,慷慨地给予,parent patiently,在圣诞节时对我们的救世主充满热情。新利18luckIM电竞牛当我们越来越像基督came not to be served but to serve,把他的生命作为许多人的赎金(Mt.20:28) we will encourage our children to do the same.

Dec

Christmas Expectations and Emotions

2015 at 8:38 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre 归档下Biblical Womanhoodγ福音γHomemakingγ假期

圣诞节是关于期望的。18luck外围投注""来吧,你期待已久的耶稣”"was the prayer of God's chosen people as they waited for the Messiah.在庆祝来临时,we enter into those expectations and rejoice in their fulfillment.

悲哀地,we often load Christmas down with all kinds of other expectations.当人们或礼物不符合这些期望时,we feel disappointed.Unrealistic expectations lead to unhappy emotions.

我们对这个圣诞节的期望是什么??

第一,we should无望.如果我们去度假时对丈夫会为我们购物、孩子会如何表现、姐姐会如何对待我们没有任何期望,我们的情绪会被其他人控制。

换言之,the best way to prepare our emotions for Christmas is to repent from idolatry.记得,正如约翰·卡尔文警告我们的,the evil of our desires is not so much in what we desire,但我们太渴望了。我们经常把这些欲望叫做期望。”你在哪里?”失望的期望,"more often than not,you'll find an idol lurking nearby.

当我们摆脱了自私的期望——或者圣经喜欢称之为期望时,"worthless idols"我们可以期待这个圣诞节的快乐情绪。

其次,we should期待麻烦。For the Christian,trouble around the holidays should not be unexpected.我们的主已经承诺,"在这个世界上,你将受到苦难。”(John 16:33);而且,to paraphrase my dad,"Sin doesn't take a holiday.""

期望你的孩子可能不领情或不守规矩,或者你的叔叔可能批评你的基督教信仰。期待这个圣诞节的麻烦,你会更好地准备好处理它的情感。

我们的世俗文化试图忽略节日期间的麻烦,covering their eyes with sen新利18luckIM电竞牛timentality:

"祝你圣诞快乐,,

May your heart be light

From now on our troubles will be out of sight…

From now on our troubles will be miles away…""

For the Christian,our troubles will be miles away and out of sight—有一天.但这是天堂的承诺,not Christmas.除非上帝回来或召唤我们回家,trouble is an ever-present reality,some新利18luckIM电竞牛times especially so at Christmastime.

Christmas is 18luck外围投注about celebrating the fulfilled expectation of Christ come to earth,就在我们等待他光荣归来的时候。当我们庆祝already"我们也必须期待not yet.""

但我们的期望不应以绝望告终。Because of Christmas,我们也可以期待恩典.上帝来了!上帝与我们同在!希伯来书2突出了我们对圣诞节的期望,因为耶稣基督而成为可能:

所以他在各方面都要像他兄弟一样,so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God,为人民的罪作赎罪祭。因为他自己受了试探,就受了苦,他能帮助那些受诱惑的人。

他能帮忙!他能够帮助我们对我们敌对的叔叔作出亲切而勇敢的回应。他能帮助我们训练我们的孩子。他能帮助我们摆脱无用的偶像,在他身上找到我们的快乐。在圣诞节的烦恼和诱惑中,我们可以期待化身上帝的帮助。上帝与我们同在,上帝与我们同在help.He has made propitiation for every sin.他能帮助我们抵制每一种情感诱惑。他的出现是我们在各种麻烦中的安慰。

When we set our Christmas expectations on Christ,we will be full of joy unspeakable.

Dec

2015年CJ Mahaney的圣诞图书目录

2015 at 5:54 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre 归档下资源建议γHomemakingγ假期

今天我们的爸爸,,CJ Mahaney,gives us his much anticipated,第十届圣诞购物清单,为读者在你的生活。

1944年:罗斯福和改变历史的那一年

Jay Winik

勇气的代价

查尔斯·凯撒

间谍之路:一个真实的恐怖故事,Espionage,一个美国家庭在纳粹占领的巴黎英勇抵抗

Alex Kershaw


军人:在邦克山作战的美国士兵,Gettysburg,硫磺岛

亚历山大·罗斯

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

丹尼尔·詹姆斯·布朗


命运与权力:乔治·赫伯特·沃克·布什的美国之旅

by Jon Meacham


When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

by Molly Guptill Manning

建立国家的战争:为什么内战仍然重要

James M.McPherson

秘密游戏

作者:Scott Ellsworth

怀特兄弟

by David McCullough

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

怀疑之河:西奥多·罗斯福最黑暗的旅程

坎迪斯·米拉德

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

汉普顿边

The Secret of Golf

作者:Joe Posnanski


耐力:沙克尔顿不可思议的航行

作者:阿尔弗雷德·兰辛