By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

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    Staying Balanced Through the Christmas Season

    Monday, December 14, 2015

    Are you scrambling to be everywhere and do everything before Christmas gets here? I want to encourage you to take a step back and remember the “Reason for the Season.” I’m afraid we get so caught up in all the festivities that we allow Christmas to come and go and don’t really focus on the meaning. And the festivities you may be so busily involved in may be at church, but that still doesn’t mean you are taking the time to remember the true meaning.

    As Christians, we have allowed society to put such pressure on us that we get so caught up in the buying and shopping that it takes the joy out of Christmas. Make sure your hurriedness and maybe even crankiness are not robbing you of your joy and maybe even spilling over into your relationship with your husband or your children. It is so important that we don’t let society influence our children to the extent that they forget the real focus during this season. What are they seeing from you as you are juggling all the plates?

    I want to encourage you to just focus on the words of this beautiful Christmas carol and ask God to keep you focused as you go through these next few weeks.

    O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

    It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

    Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

    Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

    A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

    For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

    Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

    O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

    O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

    I hope those words will ring in your head over the next few weeks as you prepare to celebrate His birth!

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    1. Jennifer

      Wow!! Thank you so much for this post. I have been struggling all season to remember to celebrate Christ’s birthday and not get caught up in a the busyness of ‘doing’ Christmas. As much as I love Christmas, it can be exhausting. Sometimes we need a reminder to slow down and remember why we celebrate Christmas.

      • Rodetta Cook

        Jennifer, Thanks for your comment and so glad it was a good reminder for you. I pray you will enjoy your Christmas and have some down time with your family!



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