This is Post #12 in the Miracles Series
If you are new to this blog I encourage you to go back and read the previous 11 posts in the Miracle Series so this one makes better sense. Here are links to each of them:
Do you agree that Christmas is a time of wonder and miracles?
It’s a wonderful time, full of family, love, and good cheer.
But it’s also a time of stress.
Why is that?
Why do we get so stressed at this time of year?
Because we take our eyes off the reason for the season and focus on the material aspect.
We get wrapped up in presents, holiday parties, cleaning for company, rushing, rushing, rushing. . .
Well, I have a little story to share and then I would like to help you take a moment, refocus, and give you some tools to handle the holiday season maybe just a bit better.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted because just like you I’ve been incredibly busy. Plus, as I’ve mentioned before, Christmas is a difficult time for me because of losing my Mom and Dad during the holidays.
Honestly, I lost my inspiration to write. I didn’t have anything joyful to say so I just didn’t write.
But today I had a reminder that even when we aren’t paying attention God is working.
Even when we are distracted by whatever, He is there. Working. Waiting to reveal another glimpse of Himself.
Miracle at 4:10 PM
I work in Human Services and since this is open enrollment we are SLAMMED!
I have been trying to get caught up so I could actually take the vacation days I’ve requested, Christmas Eve, and January 2nd. So when the front desk girl came to my office at 4:10 PM and told me I had a client waiting to see me, I’ll admit, I was not happy.
I had a stack of work left and we close at 4:30. I didn’t want to take the time to see her. Especially when she wouldn’t tell the receptionist what she wanted.
I could have said no.
But I saw her.
After visiting with the woman for a few minutes I could feel the sadness and hurt in her life. She too had lost her parents and was struggling with decisions and choices.
My heart went out to her.
Before either of us knew what was going on we were talking about farming and I was sharing a little about my struggles over the past year. I shared with her that even in the darkest times, God is working.
He has a plan.
And His plans are to bless us far more than we can even dream for ourselves.
Before long we were praying.
Right there in my office.
And I was thanking God for this woman who had reminded me how God works in mysterious ways.
He is a God of miracles.
My miracle walked in the office at 4:10 today.
This woman with her questions and issues broke through my writers block.
She re-motivated me.
I wish I could thank her for breaking through the ice around my heart.
Thank her for being my Christmas Eve – Eve Miracle!
Steps for Peaceful Holidays
So now I have something else to share with you.
Three steps to help you make with through the rest of the holidays.
Step One: Pause
I know you’re saying what? She wants me to pause? But I barely have time to read her silly blog, I don’t have time to pause.
But do it anyway.
Pause wherever you are right now and . . . breathe . . . deeply.
Blow every bit of that breathe out all the way to your toes.
Now breathe in deeply and SLOWLY
Hold it. . .
Now let it out slowly
Do it again. With your eyes closed if you aren’t driving.
If you’re driving
WHY ARE YOU READING! STOP! Read this later!!
Step Two: Smile
I know your thinking, “Kristi, I don’t have time for this nonsense! I thought you were going to tell me about a Christmas Miracle and instead you’re having me Smile! Get on with it girl!”
Did you know that smiling causes the body to produce endorphins, the happiness hormone?
So now will you trust me?
And SMILE again!
Step Three: Practice gratitude
Think of something you are truly thankful for.
Your family, your home, your job
Now, say this out loud, “Thank for my _____________” (fill in the blank)
Okay, let’s do all three together!
Breathe deep, slowly let it out, SMILE BIG, and say thank you while really feeling the gratitude.
There now, don’t you feel better?
Just that little exercise can refocus you, re-energize, and de-stress you!
Will you join me in doing these simple steps several times a day from now till the New Year?
I Promise you will experience more Miracles and a great deal more Peace!
If you are interested in learning more about Walking in the Miracle Zone I would like to invite you to join me in Your Year Of Miracles, a training I have participated in that opened my eyes to the miracles in my life. I hope you’ll check out this free event and consider joining me in the program in 2015!
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