Published on December 2014
Christmas is a special time
To give, to serve, to love
It isn’t just about yourself,
But others that you think of
The presents, the trees, the glowing lights
Are fun but have no part
In what the real meaning of Christmas is…
That is in your heart
Even if other people don’t,
You should try to do
The things that you would want
Them to do to you!
The holidays are a busy time
But they are sometimes good
Because they keep you thinking
About others like you should
So this year, try to not think about yourself
But think of the things you can do
To help others have a wonderful Christmas
And you will find that you will be happy too
Wishing you the Merriest Christmas!
This year has been amazing. More than I could have imagined. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m at Christ House again serving meals with some of my girlfriends. It is amazing that as we prepare to feast on the festivities this weekend that we are mindful of those that have no food or have no home.
There will be no tree to put gifts under. No turkey sitting on the table. No friends and family to bring egg nog and wish them good will. But, I will do my best.
I will serve gladly and make sure that they are wished the Merriest of Christmas. I will smile and listen to their stories. I will encourage their spirits. I will feed them a hot meal. It’s almost a new year – 2017 is around the corner and things can and will change for the better.
It’s a new month. The last month of 2016. What did you accomplish? What do you still need to accomplish? It’s not too late.
Let’s enjoy the last days of 2016 and get ready to celebrate the fact that we made it. So many didn’t make it this year and we’re going to celebrate each and every 31 days of December with gratitude.
As you’re gearing up for the holidays with trees, shopping and cooking remember that you are blessed. You are loved. You are appreciated. Now, if we can keep the snow to a minimum, I will be ecstatic.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
This is the last time we will celebrate Christmas in 2015. This is our holy day where we want to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Let us take time to remember that amidst gift giving, bountiful meals or volunteering.
Jesus is the reason for the season!
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
What I received this year…
A powerful praise– As mentioned in yesterday’s post. My parked car was hit by my new neighbor trying to park the U-haul next to my car. This situation and the fact that he hadn’t reported the accident and having to pay for expenses out of my own pocket had me so stressed out.
I tossed and turned all night feeling foggy during the day. I cried at the drop of a hat and I felt alone. I felt as though I was a burden on everyone with a consistent conversation about my car. I was going through it ya’ll. But, can you blame me?
So, I woke up last Thursday morning and laid in bed praying to God to please give me peace because I know that there is a lesson in the trial I was going through and I was willing to endure but I needed help to endure. I asked him to give me an introspective spirit (which he did) and allow me to trust that HE will work it out on my behalf.
I got up and went to prepare my Munch’s breakfast. I then got him up and went back to my room to read my daily devotional and my bible before getting ready for work. I read the devotional for the wrong day because I was a day ahead. But, how funny was it when God spoke to me through that post. He had instantly answered my cry for help.
The devotional instructed me to not let my problems drag me down but trust that it is a teachable moment if I was willing to learn. I needed to trust that HE would guide me through it all. It instructed me to draw closer to HIM because he is walking with me. Whew! I couldn’t do nothing but praise HIM and said thank you God! I literally knew what the saying “If I had 10,000 tongues I couldn’t thank him enough for all HE’S done for me.” That’s how I felt. I had a powerful praise and that gift is invaluable.
When you are plagued by a persistent problem – one that goes on and on – view it as a rich opportunity….In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem it loses its power to drag you down. – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
What I received this year…
An introspective spirit – This was a recent gift that I was given just last week. I’ve had some things that have hit me when I was least expecting it and I’ve been so self-absorbed in the issue that I just felt alone, abused and resentful that this was happening to me. I was absorbed in the issue and letting it drag me down and weigh down my attitude and spirit. But, I received the ability to reflect on the issue and realize that I need to stop obsessing and use it as a teachable moment.
Here’s what happened: On Sunday, December 13th the police knocked on my door asking do I own a blue Nissan Maxima. “Yes,” I replied. “Can you please come outside” he asked. When I got outside he told me that my new neighbor backed into my car with a U-Haul and flagged him down to find me so that he could report the accident. I was floored. I fell on the ground crying out some not so nice things and screaming what were you doing? How am I going to get my son back and forth to school?
This situation absorbed my thoughts, interrupted my sleep and had me beat down. I hated when people said “It’s only material”. What the heck does that mean? It’s my material and you’re not offering to fix anything, tow my vehicle or get me a rental. Nope. This man stalled, didn’t do anything and I was paying out of my pocket for a rental car, still paying a car note and insurance on a car that was inoperable and needed to be towed. I was in angst.
Wednesday, December 16th I was driving home with my Munch and I told him that I owed him an apology. He asked me for what. I told him that I always tell him that he has to have an attitude of gratitude and that I haven’t been very gratuitous lately because I’ve been worried about our car. I told him that I know that the same God that got me that car would get me another and that I needed to praise HIM during the times of plenty and the times of few because our God never fails. I told him that I needed to remind myself of that because I was leading by example and not by words. He said “it’s okay.”
So, the introspective spirit was a gift that I received. It has allowed me to reflect and know when I’m being spoiled. For that I’m truly thankful.