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Make Your List & Check it Twice

10-22-15 Whitwer Glynnis HeadshotToday’s Wrapped in Grace girl is Glynnis Whitwer, my dear friend and Proverbs 31 Ministries teammate.

10-22-15 Whitwer Glynnis Book Cover You can enter to win a signed copy of her new book, Taming the To Do List, by leaving a comment directly on Glynnis’ blog. PLUS, you’ll also be entered into the grand prize drawing for the Wrapped In Grace gift package: copies of all five of our books and a $100 Visa gift card. All winners will be announced Saturday, October 24th at .

Here’s Glynnis with some practical advice for our holiday preparations!10-22-15 Whitwer Glynnis Make Your List image-1

Some people love Christmas and look forward to it all year. Me? I love the reason for Christmas … but the extra work required?  Not so much.

Although Christmas should be a season of pausing and pondering, rejoicing and revering, it can turn into just one more thing on my overloaded to-do list.  It’s so easy for me to lose the beauty of the season in the bedlam of an overloaded schedule.

And that’s not God wish for me.

I’m confident God longs for me to use this season of joy as an opportunity to connect with Him in a deeper way and to connect with others as we celebrate the birth of Jesus together. Christmas is a time to remember Emmanuel, God with us. And my heart and home need to be prepared for this Special Guest.

But without a plan, my heart will struggle. I’ll feel resentment at the added expectations. I’ll feel frustration at the extra time shopping takes. I’ll feel stressed when other people are stressed, and then I can add to the tension with my out-of-proportion reactions.

I don’t want to be the Grinch! I want to be a woman who reflects God’s love and grace, especially when others might be feeling the pinch of the season.

Click here to read the rest of Glynnis’ post and to comment to win!