When Choosing a Christmas Tree

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Dear Sweet Sisters,

I wrote this poem 27 years ago as Dave and I were picking out our first Christmas tree. I remember shivering in the cold, being perfectly happy with many trees we spotted along the way. But Dave keep searching for the “perfect tree” which we all know is not a thing. (Or a perfect wife). This poem was my tongue-in-cheek way to find the good in having a husband who takes soooo long to pick out certain items. So I hope, sweet sister, you will look for the good in those around you this Christmas. Sometimes when I get frustrated or angry, I make a list of 10 good qualities about my husband. Focusing on the good changes perspective. Perhaps the best gift you could give yourself and your spouse this Christmas is to start making such a list right now.

Think and write on what is good in your life.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.  (Philippians  4:8)

4 thoughts on “When Choosing a Christmas Tree”

    1. Oh Woom…..remember memorizing scripture together? ….how we posted in on our freshman door? we were just as I imagine all of us sweet sisters should be…sharpening each other with the sword of the spirit….the Word of God. Jesus is the reason for the season.
      I love you sweet sister,
      amber

  1. Thanks for the reminder! This was very timely in regards to my kids as we adjust to everyone being home together. Their personalities do not always gel real well . And as I try and calmly try to teach them a better way to deal with each other , some don’t even hear me and keep clashing. I just want to walk away and let them have at it. They exhaust me. Their quirks eat at me and at each other . I will have to start listing the good qualities they have next time. I have recently memorized Phil. 4:8. Time to use it. Prayers for parental strength , please!

    1. Hi Heidi,
      Yes! the Holidays are tough for everyone as we all rub each other like sandpaper at times. Keep listing the good qualities and repeating Phil. 4:8
      and running to Jesus so we are not running on “empty”. The more we sit at the feet of Jesus the less that other things will distract us from what is truly important. Perspective.
      I love you my sweet sister,
      amber

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