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SUE DETWEILER is a faith influencer, bible teacher, author, speaker, and podcast host of Healing Rain on Charisima Podcast Network with over 25 years of experience in leadership, ministry and education.

15 Things to Give Up in the New Year

15 Things to Give Up in the New Year

15 Things to Give up in 2021 As we move into 2021, here are 15 Things to Give Up in the New Year.  If you give up these 15 things you will experience more joy and fulfillment than every before.  Take time to prayerfully reflect on letting these 15 things go forever....

5 Things your Single Friends Need from You

5 Things your Single Friends Need from You

Our culture, and the Christian subculture in particular, is couple's focused. [Tweet "Special occasions, like Valentine's Day, can feel isolating for those who don't have a spouse"].  Here are a few things you can do to encourage your single friends and family...

You are Invited to Lead Women Who Move Mountains Group

You are Invited to Lead Women Who Move Mountains Group

Lead Women Who Move Mountains Group You are invited to lead Women Who Move Mountains Group. You can make a difference in the lives of other women. You can help them move the mountains of fear, rejection, brokenness, shame, anxiety, sadness, perfectionism, timidity,...

Bold Perseverance

Bold Perseverance

Bold Perseverance Have you found yourself wavering over God's promise in your life? Do you have a bold dream but you are afraid to take a risk? Have you already stepped out in faith, but things aren't going according to plan and you feel like giving up? [Tweet "If you...

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7 Ways that Imperfect Families Celebrate a Perfect God on Christmas

7 Ways that Imperfect Families Celebrate a Perfect God on Christmas

Have you every spent so much time trying to capture the perfect photo that you miss the moment? No matter how the picture looks, there are no perfect families. This Christmas don’t be distracted by your imperfections. Instead celebrate the One Perfect God who came to earth as a baby boy.Here are 7 Ways that Imperfect Families Celebrate Christmas.

1. Set up the Christmas Tree

For years my daughter Hannah got stuck with the meticulous job of stringing lights on our 9 foot tall Christmas Tree. After 5 hours of stringing lights and hanging ornaments the family cheer went out like old Christmas lights.

Praise God for coupons. On black Friday I made my way to a 50% off sale and finally invested in an artificial tree that already have the lights on it. In 3 simple steps the tree was up and decorated. We were all siting down for lunch with everything decorated with 1/3 of the effort.

I know there are some Martha Stewart’s out there – but is it really worth doing the extra things that drain family fun? NO! Go Simple.

2.Look at Christmas Lights

In Nashville we live near the Opryland Hotel. The extravagant show of lights on the outside of the building is enough to take your breath away. When you come in and see the lighted gardens, the hanging decorations, and the 100 foot trees you see the elegant fun of Christmas. This year there were Shrek Characters walking around greeting the children.

Since I had a momentous birthday this year (I turned 50), my husband took me to stay overnight at Opryland. The beauty of the lights helped ready my heart for Christmas.

3. Invite a Stranger to Share Christmas

Every year God has led us to open our home on Christmas Eve or Christmas. This year Wayne and I were eating lunch at Macaroni Grill on my birthday and I began to share with our waiter Jairus. I found out that although he had the day off on Christmas he had no where to be. He grew up Jehovah’s Witness, so he has never celebrated Christmas – at all.

So this year Jairus will be gathering around the table with us. We already have a present under our tree for him. We are expectant that as we share our imperfect lives with someone that we have just met, he may be able to encounter the One Perfect God in our home.

4. Give Gifts within your Budget

Our first Christmas as a married couple I remember pulling out the credit card and buying gifts for family members. It took us till May of that year to pay off Christmas. Oops! Not a smart idea.

Budgets allow you to be creative in giving the very best – yourself! When I was a teenager and didn’t have any money, I stayed up all night making gift certificates for my family. I gave away certificates for a homemade meal, pulling weeds, and baby sitting. That was my most memorable Christmas.

5. Watch Family Movies

You are bound to have your favorite Christmas movies. One of the classics that we enjoy is Elf! I laugh every time that Buddy sits on Bob Newhart’s lap.

One year we had a Polar Express Party for our Neighborhood. We made special gold tickets for the kids and asked them to come dressed in their pajamas. Of course our main treat was hot chocolate. Be creative! Have fun! Share the fun with others.

6. Sing Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols carry the meaning of Christmas in a song. Young and old are drawn in by the heart-warming melodies of Silent Night or Hark the Herald. We have had Christmas carols printed up and taken our small group out caroling in the neighborhood. Everyone enjoys the songs and of course we come back for hot chocolate and Christmas Cookies.

7. Tell the Christmas Story

When I was a child I loved acting out the Christmas Story. Of course I wanted to be Mary with a pillow under my nightgown.  I got to sit on my brother Mark who played the donkey. When we got a little older, as a twelve year old I read the story at my grandpa and grandma’s house. It still brings tears to my eyes to remember the specialness of being considered old enough to tell HIS story.

At last, after all the fun things that we do together as a family, we get to share the most important thing….

Our Perfect Father in heaven loved us. Even though we had made so many mistakes here on earth, he prepared a way for us to be able to be with Him for ever. He sent His only son, Jesus to be born of Mary, a young imperfect girl.

When Jesus was born, he didn’t choose a palace to be born in. He chose the most imperfect, un-sterile place to be born – a stable. YUCK! Just imagine stepping around donkey dung to lay down and give birth to your child.

When Jesus was born, he was lain in a manger. He lay in a feeding trough. A place where the animals ate.

Although Jesus was perfect, he embraced our imperfect world. He grew up in an imperfect family where Mary and Joseph made mistakes. He grew in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man. Jesus gave Himself as the perfect spotless lamb for our sins. He humbled Himself and died so that we could live forever with Him.

This is the Christmas Story. As you tell the story around your imperfect table, with your imperfect family, you will host the One Perfect God who makes life possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

SUE DETWEILER is a mother of six, author, speaker, podcast host of Healing Rain, and faith influencer with over 25 years of experience in leadership, ministry and education. Sue and her husband Wayne lead a nonprofit called Life Bridge Today and attend Upperroom Dallas.

Sue Detweiler author, speaker, coach, pastor

About Sue Detweiler


Sue Detweiler is a wife, mother of six, author, and pastor with more than twenty-five years of experience in marriage, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry.
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Coaching
Sue is a very perceptive coach who empowers you live out your God-given dream. She is an empathetic listener who is transparent about her own mistakes as a wife, mother, and leader. She walks with you as you answer God’s call on your life. Her special focuses in life coaching include marriage, family, and leadershipClick Here to find out more about upcoming coaching events

Connecting
No one of us is as gifted as all of us together. God-sized dreams are only accomplished as we link arms together to answer His call. If you would like to join the team and help connect people to their God-given purpose please let us know.Click Here to contact us

Speaking
Sue Detweiler is a gifted Bible teacher and speaker at churches and conferences. She is a prophetic encourager and compassionate communicator who articulates profound truths in simple and relatable ways. Sue and her husband Wayne Detweiler have planted www.LifeBridgeChurch4.com southeast of Dallas Texas Click Here to invite Sue to Speak