Welcome to the Friday Fun edition of the Christmas Peace for Busy Moms online Bible study! Today we’ll have a devotion, giveaway announcement, and appetizer recipe swap. Let’s get started!
Please refer to Day 10 of Christmas Peace for Busy Moms for the following discussion.
Let’s talk about settling down to sleep. Good-quality sleep in busy December is crucial for the preservation of your physical health and mental well-being. If you can practice some of the techniques I described in the book, I will guarantee you will experience greater peace at lights out.
Here’s another technique I use when my thoughts are racing and I can’t fall asleep: I count my heartbeats. I used to count breaths but it threw my rhythms off and agitated me more. If I listen carefully and count the pulse I hear in my head, I rarely get to 100 before I drift back to sleep. Try this and see if you sleep better tonight.
No matter how tired you feel, you can use the last few moments before sleep to thank God for his daily blessings. Thanking God in your last lucid thoughts of the day settles your mind into a peaceful thought-pattern before your dreams begin. If you have a suggestion for peaceful lights out routines, please share in the comments section so we can all get a better night’s sleep tonight!
Questions for you:
How can a bedtime routine keep your mind steadfast, and therefore grant you more peace?
What kind of conversation with God do you have when the lights go out?
As promised, here is the Friday appetizer recipe:
Mom’s Pastrami Cheese Ball
This cheese ball is a family favorite, not just at Christmas but year-round. We like it on whole-wheat bagels, but it is equally good wrapped up in soft tortilla shells, then rolled up and sliced into swirly rounds. The pretty reddish-and-green colors are perfect for Christmas appetizer trays.
- 12 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 small package pastrami, chopped (we use Buddig)
- Green onions, chopped
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- ½ teaspoon seasoned salt (we use Penzey’s 4S, a must-have in our home!)
Combine all ingredients. Shape into ball; roll in chopped pecans, if desired. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight to allow flavors to develop. Serve with crackers or sliced bagels.
Please share any appetizer recipes in the comments section below, thanks! I always love hearing new ideas from readers. Pull out your favorite side dish recipe to share in next Friday’s post.
This week’s theme verse:
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