Alex Kuykendall joins me for Episode 104. She is mother to 4 girls ranging from ages 6 to 15. She is a writer and co-host to The Open Door Sisterhood podcast and retreat. I invited her to join me on the show to talk about her recent book, Loving My Actual Christmas, because the reality is that many of us don't love the Christmas we have. We have expectations that go unmet during this time of year.
Christmas isn’t always a merry season. We can have disappointment or pain from loss. Maybe its a grieving season. Maybe life doesn’t look like what you hoped. And Christmas can accentuate our pain, grief and disappointment. How do we step into our real circumstances and try to enjoy Christmas in the midst of the pain? With that in mind, Alex conducted a Christmas experiment. An experiment on what it would look like to find hope, joy, love and peace during the Christmas season in the midst of her real life circumstances.
Alex's Survival Kit:
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Takeaways From Our Conversation:
Thinking about how Jesus came in the most ordinary way is a good reminder for my heart. I am always seeking for extraordinary. For what’s next. What’s bigger. What’s brighter. But @@my ordinary is extraordinary@@. For me, I want that to be a daily reminder. And as we walk into the Christmas season, I want to see how to find hope, joy, love and peace.
Think about what you are grateful for and your perspective will shift. It grounds us in the gifts that God has given us.
What does it mean to have hope in the middle of my actual circumstances?
What does it mean to have joy?
What does it mean to love my neighbor?
What does it mean to have peace in all the last minute stuff or in the complicated stuff?
I want to be intentional about continuing the celebration of Christmas. @@What would it look like to recenter our hearts after Christmas?@@
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