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Love: The Most Important Holiday Ingredient

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I have good news! You don’t have to be the grandmother who has the biggest house. You don’t have to be the Mom who orders coordinating Pottery Barn PJ’s for her kids. You don’t have to be the daughter who buys the most expensive gifts for her parents. You don’t have to be the mother in law who makes the best mac and cheese (but if you are, please bring me some).

Every time you find yourself getting worked up or worried that what you’re having or what you’re doing isn’t enough – remind yourself of this verse:

Better is a portion of vegetables where there is love, than a fattened ox served with hatred. (Proverbs 15:17)

The Bible says it’s better to eat a little plate of green beans than to eat a steak dinner. How is that possible? 


The attitude in which it’s served makes all the difference. We can have a small house, a small gift budget, mismatched pajamas and a box of Kraft mac and cheese – and still have a wonderful time with our family during the holidays.

As Crystal Paine says in her book Love Centered Parenting, “I don’t have to rely on my own good works…for my security. Jesus is enough. He loves me. I can rest in that.” (Psalm 27:10-14)

When we are secure in how much Jesus loves us, we can move toward our family out of that love. Jesus loves us unconditionally, no matter how we behave or respond. We can give that same love to our family no matter how they behave or respond. 

My goal as a blogger is to help women create a place of comfort in their homes. That involves cleaning, organization, shopping for good deals, decorating and more – but none of that matters if there’s no love.

There are a lot of things we can’t control about the holidays, and it’s the lack of control over things that often causes the comfort to fly right out of our homes. We can easily end up being worried, discontent, bitter and unhappy instead of confident, content, loving and kind. 

Whether you’re serving vegetables or a fattened ox at your holiday gatherings, serve it with love. It makes all the difference! 

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14)

Have you grabbed my Christmas planner yet? This is the perfect time to download it, print as many pages as you need and head into December with an organized approach. Click here to purchase it on Etsy.

I’m praying that as you gather with your loved ones over the holidays, your hearts will be “encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)

—> Read More: 3 Things to Pray Before Christmas


2 thoughts on “Love: The Most Important Holiday Ingredient

  1. Thank you Whitney! I will, with the Lords help, keep this in my mind and hopefully remember throughout this holiday season. I appreciate all of your posts. God bless you!


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