Holiday to dos
It seems that every year the Christmas season sneaks up on me. There are so many things I want to do, experience, and savor! I want to deck the halls with more Christmas lights, sing more Christmas carols, craft the perfect Christmas letter, drink more eggnog lattes, host more gatherings of friends & family, find the perfect Christmas gifts, and spend more time reading and reflecting on the celebration of Advent. I want to visit Snowflake Lane, the gingerbread houses at the Sheraton Hotel, Teddy Bear Hall at the Fairmount, and the tree lighting ceremony in Leavenworth, WA. I want to dress up in clothes that sparkle and attend the Nutcracker and the 5th Avenue Christmas performance of the Sound of Music. I want to go snowshoeing in the Cascades by the light of the moon on Christmas Eve after my favorite candlelight service at church.

I want Father Time to hold still so I can soak in every ounce of Christmas spirit available!

But somehow Father Time is unwilling to indulge me in all my Christmas requests.

Instead, I hear Him whisper, focus on what you have, not what you want. If you don’t, you may miss the entire meaning of the season.

Farkle blogFarkle is a classic dice-rolling game. The object is to be the player with the highest score. To stay in the game, you must roll a 1 or a 5.

In the last game of Farkle I played with my son, I was so focused on staying in the game by rolling a 1 or a 5 that I MISSED the fact I had 3 pairs which is worth 1500 points. I missed what was right in front of me.

We can be so focused on what we want that we forget what we have.

In the book Acres of Diamonds, author Russel Conwell writes: “Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.”

This Christmas, don’t be so focused on staying in the game of wrappings, ribbons, and Christmas lights that you miss the gift of relationships and the awe, majesty, and purpose of a baby being born in a manger just for you.

May your days be filled with the light of love, joy and peace this Christmas season!




IMG_8145 squareI am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a friend, a writer, a minister, a coach, a social justice and non-profit junkie. Not necessarily always in that order. In my role as Director of the Women’s Department at the Northwest Ministry Network, I get to do what I like to do best: create, teach, write, and learn through others. I am also passionate about helping people discover and live out a passion and purpose filled life in my role as a certified Coach and President of the Give Good Awards Foundation. Devoted to helping others reach their fullest potential in life and leadership, Angela has authored two books, The Story of Leah: When life is not what you expected it to be and Pivot Leadership: Small Steps – Big Change (in stores July 14th). You can read her weekly blog encouragements and leadership tips on and on, a blog specifically designed for women in leadership.


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