My guest today is Lindsey Bell. I’m happy to be a part of her December book blog tour for her new book, Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible. Lindsey is a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover.
Be sure to sign up for Lindsey’s giveaway at the end for a chance to win the giveaway in the image.
About Searching for Sanity:
Have you ever looked at your beloved children and wondered, what in the world am I doing? Why did God trust me—of all people—to raise them?
Motherhood is the most difficult job many of us will ever take. Searching for Sanity offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the Word, and learn from parents of the past. In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book uses the parents of the Bible—both the good and the bad—to inspire today’s mothers.
Now, here’s Lindsey…
It’s December, the last month of the year.
In just a few weeks, many of us will create New Year’s Resolutions or choose One Word as a theme word for our year.
Before we do those things, though, I want to share a few ways we can end December well.
How to End the Year Well:-
1. Grieve the past.
A few years ago, my husband and I went through an incredibly difficult time. We lost four babies within two years.
At the beginning of the year following these losses, I was determined to move forward. I didn’t want to be stuck in the pain of the past, so I buried the feelings I had and hoped eventually they’d go away.
What God finally taught me is that broken things don’t get fixed on their own. We can’t move past our grief until we work through it.
I don’t know what you’ve gone through this past year, but I do know this. Moving forward after a hard situation can often only happen once you have grieved what’s been lost.
2. Choose thankfulness.
I used to think you had to feel thankful to give thanks.
Jesus gave thanks shortly before he died on the cross. He knew he was facing death and betrayal and abandonment, and yet he still gave thanks.
That tells me we don’t have to feel bubbly and happy to give thanks.
Thanksgiving is a choice…a choice to find the good within the bad. A choice to believe God can use even the most painful of circumstances to bring about something good. And a choice to look for your blessings instead of fixating on your pain.
3. Prepare for a New Year.
What do you want the New Year to look like? Begin planning for it now.
Do you want to spend more time in the Word? Choose a devotional today so you’ll be ready on January 1st. (Side note: if you’re a parent looking for a quick devotional, I’d love for you to check out my book at the end of this post).
Do you want to laugh more? Start thinking today about the changes you need to make in your life so this can happen.
Having a great 2015 begins with ending 2014 well. I’d love to hear from you. What other tips would you add to this list?
To enter to win Lindsey’s MEGA-GIVEAWAY (the winner will receive 6 books!), leave a comment on any of Lindsey’s guest posts this month (including this one).
For a full list of participating blogs (and ways to enter!) visit this post on Lindsey’s blog.
You can find Lindsey online at any of the following locations:
Her blog: lindseybell.com
Her website: www.lindseymbell.com