I’m so thankful God has gone before me on this Sweet & Simple Christmas series. And I’m so thankful for my assistant Natalie Longoria who listened to His gentle direction on when to schedule which guest.
After my post yesterday and my call to pray for all those affected by the shootings in Connecticut, I believe God knew we needed to hear from my friend Leah DiPascal today.
Leah is such a beautiful woman of God, and is sharing a suggestion that resonates with my heart today. I love her idea on so many levels … on how it unites a family … on how it brings a moment of peace into the home … and especially how it turns our hearts towards God.
I hope you enjoy this post from Leah. And keep reading because she’s giving away a wonderful book to one reader.
Here’s Leah …
I love getting Christmas cards in the mail. Don’t you?
Eleven months out of the year, mail can sit in my mailbox for two or three days before I drag myself down the driveway to get it. I’ve even been known to bribe my kids to get the mail for me. You do that too, right?
But, not during Christmas time. No way! I can’t wait to check my mailbox and see what’s inside. Those red or green envelopes with the fancy gold monogrammed stickers are so easy to spot – even though they’re all tangled up with the junk mail and unwanted bills.
I rarely make it back to my front door, before tearing open these darling little letters, anxiously waiting to see who’s sending our family some Christmas cheer. Often times, a photo is carefully tucked inside or I’ll discover one of those this-is-what-we’ve-been-up-to holiday newsletters.
I’m not the only one in our family with a Christmas card fascination. My husband and our boys love to receive holiday cards too. First, we spread them out on the kitchen table. Then, one by one, we strategically tape each card, picture, and newsletter up on our kitchen panty door. Before long, the door is covered with beautiful snapshots of Christmas from friends and family from around the world. Each day, as we pass through the kitchen, we can glance at the cards, and enjoy the friendly faces smiling back at us.
When the New Year rolls around, we take down the cards and file away the pictures. The plan is to pull them out again, once or twice a year to reminisce. But, that rarely happens.
This little tradition has become a holiday favorite and over the last several years, we’ve made some special changes to make this Christmas card experience much more meaningful for our family. We still tape the cards on our panty door, but each night while we are having dinner, one of us will bring two or three cards to the table. We’ll read each card, pass them around if a picture is included, and then pray for those individual families. It creates a special time for us to pause, pray and remember how special these relationships are to us.
Oftentimes, I will send an email out the next day, letting those families know that we’ve prayed for them. I’ve received some amazing responses too! Many families are so thankful for the prayers and often ask how they can be praying for us too.
This might be a tradition you’d like to start with your family. It’s simple, absolutely free, and can have an eternal effect on those you love. Plus, it can create such a special and memorable time for your family during the holiday season.
Thank you Leah for that wonderful idea. My family is seldom together for dinner this time of year due to college finals, soccer and wrestling practice. But I’m going to adopt your idea for my quiet time.
Leah would love to give away a copy of the devotional book “God’s Purpose for Every Woman.” Proverbs 31 Ministries published this book a few years ago, but it’s the best devotions from from about 2005 to 2009. So if you are a new reader to Encouragement for Today devotions, these will be all new to you.
To enter, please leave a prayer request or a praise as a comment. Leah, Natalie and I will join each of you in prayer. And I’ll select a winner at random and announce her tomorrow.
Leah DiPascal serves as an Executive Assistant at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She’s an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher. Leah’s calling is to help women discover and apply Biblical truths from God’s Word, so they can experience empowering life change. She loves to encourage and equip women, in the midst of their everyday lives, to become all that God has called them to be. Leah holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity Degree from Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary. Her greatest ministry is wife to her husband Keith and mom to their two sons, Brody and Carson. You can connect with Leah at www.LeahDiPascal.com.