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Yes, our relationships with others is important instead of all the material stuff.

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I like the suggestion to not just sit around eating together, but to engage in meaningful conversation, or play games, etc.

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What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?


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12/2/14 8:44 A

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3 Steps to Making the Most of Your Relationships During the Holidays
by Debra Fileta

Focus on Who You Have in Your Life: Itís important to keep in mind that just as joyous as the holidays can be, for many people, they are a time of heartache and pain. They are an aching reminder of relationships that have been broken or loved ones that were lost or longings that have not yet been fulfilled. Sometimes, itís hard to connect when you are feeling hurt and alone. Making the most of our relationships during the holidays requires a shift in thinking that causes us to focus on the people God has placed in our lives here and now.

Time passes so quickly, and every year is one less year weíll have to invest in the ones we love. Rather than wishing for what could be, itís important to begin savor what actually is: the sleepless little baby in your arms, the kids running wildly around the house, the chaos of the teen years, the college students that have left an empty nest, the daughter you just led down the aisle, the aging parents who are growing frailer with each passing day. Through itís true that every season of life comes with its blessings and itís struggles, itís important to make the most of the blessings. This holiday season, be deliberate to be thankful for the people in your life.

Invest in Relationships, Not Things: As a mom of two little children, I know how easy it can be to get caught up in the stuff of life. We buy into the lie that our children need more and more things to be happy and well-adjusted. We want to see the smiles on their faces as they open their gifts, eat their goodies, and dig into their stockings. While itís okay to enjoy these moments, we must not allow ourselves to be consumed by them.

We can get so caught up in the things that we can fail to remember that the real blessings in our lives are the relationships weíve been given- our relationship with God, and our relationship with others. More than anything, the Holidays are about experiencing Godís love; a God who loved us so much that He left His world to join us in ours. He reached down with His love and grace to connect with us, and to bring us a Savior. Making the most out of the holidays means that we take the time to relish in the love of God, and then allow it to overflow from our lives and into the lives of those around us. According to Godís word, thatís really what life comes down to: loving God, and loving others.

Rather than becoming consumed in things this time of year, let us take the opportunity to engage relationships. Letís focus more on being together, rather than giving things to one another; on loving each other with our actions and our words, not just with our money. Because at the end of the day, the greatest gift that we can really give is our love.

Aim for Quality, not Quantity: If youíre anything like me, the holidays are filled with family and friends. You may look at your calendar and feel that you are swamped with activities and people. But this year, I challenge you to take a look at the quality of your interactions with others, not just the quantity.

Sitting around the dinner table and spending time in the same house wonít make the most of your relationships in and of themselves. Itís easy to be together without really taking the time to interact at all. Quality interactions means being deliberate about using our time in a meaningful way. Seek to ask questions, to give encouragement, and to share your life with those around you. Unplug from your electronics, turn off the T.V, and engage in meaningful conversation. Play games, snuggle on the couch, chat by the fire, and tell stories. Say I love you, and let your words speak what is really in your heart. For this, is the greatest gift you can really give.

Even in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, itís important to remember that the real gifts weíve been given boil down to our relationship with God and with others. Letís seek to make the most of our relationships this year and always.

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