This is what I got for Christmas last year.I spent Christmas day with my dad and my brother. They had not seen each other in over six years. I was blessed last year to spend the day with the three people I love the most in the world, My dad, my brother, and my daughter (who took the picture) I was so blessed, with this priceless gift. If you read this blog, you know I lost my brother in Febuary; this Chistmas he will still be with us, forever joined in love.
This year I have been blessed with so much. Yes, memories of having my brother home last year make me a little sad, but I get overwhelmed with how much love I still feel when I have those memories. Christmas day this year will include a handful more of people. Instead of a feeling of void, I am looking forward to sharing the day with even more people I love, and in return they love me back.
Its great to hear the words, "WE are going to get through this."
Last week I had the trial of having my car not crank. The engine would spin but not crank. The car is 8 yrs old and has been well taken care of and only had 54,000 miles on it. I thought it was the starter going bad. Not risking the car not cranking at home I drove it to the dealership as soon as it started after four tries. Mid-morning I got a call from the service department and I heard, "You need a new engine." After I hung up the phone I wanted to lay in the floor for awhile and contemplate my life while I figured out where the money for this engine would come from. I am already working two jobs and my budget is streached beyond what I make. I was overwhelmed.
Laying comatose in the floor is what I wanted to do. What I did was, lock myself in the bathroom at work and got on my knees and prayed. I must have been in there for 30 min in constant prayer turning it over to God. I didnt come out until I heard over the PA that I had a call. It was the dealership again, bracing myself for more bad news, I answered. The voice on the other end of the phone said, "Mazda is going to replace the engine. You will need to pay for the new spark plugs."
You can imagine the elation I had! I said, "Thank you God!" immediately and returned to my knees once again.
Not only did God provide for a new engine, he also provided me with a carpool to and from work- for both jobs since I am without a car until the first of the year. When I get the car back it will be like having a new car.
God does meet our needs. In this time of gift giving, someone asked me, "What do you want for Christmas?" This year I do not want for anything. I have a very blessed life and I know that all of it came from God. Even in the difficult situations, God is ever present and I am ever present with Him.
Early in the morning, before the sun is up, I am praying and pointing out how much I trust in you.
I will celebrate the birth of Jesus. Birthdays are kind of a big deal. Me and my BFF celebrate our B'days all month long in the month of August. I celebrate Jesus' birthday with the ones I love through Advent. I give my child advent gifts to open; one everyday to remind her of the gift God gave to all of us, JESUS.
I made three advent package gifts this year, I gave one to my daughter, one to my boyfriend's daughter to share with her sisters, and one to a sweet child of a co-worker. I know what an impact these can make in a life and children share with their friends. These Advent gifts work as a ministry, sometimes its not about how many people you reach, its about reaching the right lives, the lives who Jesus is seeking and those seeking him.
Santa is cute in his red and white, as a symbol of the season, but what I believe in is not Santa; I believe in Jesus and that he was born. I'm posting this four days before Christmas. I have been celebrating Jesus' birth for the past 21 days and counting... Merry Christmas to you and yours.