Have you ever celebrated Christmas with a family with two kids under two? If not: It can be a real adventure, give it a try!
Christmas is a wonderful time – a time of rest and peace in the family, a time of spiritual growth, a time of fine food, a time of coziness and recreation. However, Christmas sure looks a little different for a family with little kids.
Let’s talk about rest and peace in the family first. Peace is actually not the problem, because a baby and a toddler hardly fight with each other. Rest is a completely different story though… But honestly: Who wants rest when you have the possibility to spend Christmas with two little blessings, two miracles, two miracles who are very active and very lively. It’s demanding, but it’s also a lot of fun.
Spiritual growth sure takes place, but maybe not the way we originally anticipated: We hardly have the time to ponder theological questions, however, there is more than enough time to marvel at all those little miracles that cross our path every day. And that’s definitely worth it.
There is definitely a lot of fine food at Christmas – however, there is only very little time to enjoy it. Although both kids are diapered just before the meal, Mom and Dad will spend a whole lot of time rocking the baby to sleep because all of a sudden she is awfully tired, changing the toddler because she spilled some of that fine food all over her fine clothes, running to the bathroom again because the toddler or the baby or both kids need to get diapered again, changing oneself and the baby because she suddenly felt like vomitting… Mealtimes are always chaotic in families with two kids under two, but who really cares? Fine food is still fine food, even though it’s chaotic.
After all Christmas with two kids under two may not be a whole lot of recreation, it is a lot of fun and in way it can also be cozy.
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”
~ 2 Timothy 1:7
The Bible tells us that God gives us everything we need. Sometimes we feel we want more than He actually gives us or something different because He doesn’t answer all our wishes the way we think He should.
We know we should be thankful but sometimes we’re not. Sometimes we ask ourselves what it actually means, that God gives us everything we need. In those times we can come to 2 Timothy 1:7 to remind ourselves what it is that we really need.
God gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control. And that is what we really need in our day and age! God knows how easy we get discouraged and distracted, He knows how often we feel weak and angry, and He also knows all of our weaknesses.
And for that reason He offers us hope, because He loves us. He gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control because He knows how weak we feel. And He knows that this is exactly what we need.
Our goal is to encourage and inspire our readers with this blog and to motivate them to follow the plan God has for their lives. So this is our new category: Encouragement. In this category we share encouraging comments and quotes and ponder them. That way we hope we can encourage you in your everyday life and maybe we can even help you with some worries that have burdened your heart. Our first encouraging quote is of course a biblical quotation:
Do not fear: I am with you;
do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
~ Isaiah 41:10
This is such an encouraging bible verse to us! No matter how hard some situations seem to be, God is always with us. He never leaves us. Sometimes we might not hear his voice or feel his presence. But he is always there, and he always listens to us, and he always cares.
So we can always lean on him and let him be strong for us in those moments when we can’t be strong ourselves. He is always willing to carry us through those moments.
Less is more?
Our book writing project is going really well after all. We have tons of ideas and we’re writing a lot plus we already have a good structure.
BUT how many pages do we need to write in order to create a book that is worth reading?
That is the point we’re struggling with right now. Somehow we feel we haven’t written enough yet. However, we want to write a book that is focused and activity-oriented and that doesn’t necessarily calls for a lot of pages. Plus we fear that it could get out of focus if we write too much. But then we think we want to provide our readers with a lot of good and usable information and experiences.
So what do we do now?
Please share your thoughts with us and let us now how you feel about that question! And aside from that we could use some prayers about that.