As we ladies put together our Christmas plans with gift lists, party agendas, and to-do items, let's hold our plans loosely and lift them up to the Lord.  Where does He want you on this day you celebrate His Son's birth? Who does He want you to invite into your home?  How does He want you to be a part of His good plans?  Perhaps the mishaps of the season that we view as spoiling our plans are really the elements of a much better and higher plan than ours! Praise God for the truly perfect way He works all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28) instead of getting lost in the disappointment of something that didn't go "right."

The next time something threatens your "perfect" Christmas, embrace the possibility that God might have something good up His sleeve -- He's got awfully big sleeves, you know!

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21 NIV

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April Motl and her husband, Eric, minister at their church in Southern California where he is a pastor on staff.  April is the founder of In His Eyes Ministries; a teaching ministry devoted to helping women see their life from God's perspective. For more information about the ministry visit


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