Saturday, December 20, 2008

Merry Christmas (aka Let the mad rush begin!)

It is that time of year, when we should all be recalling the wonderful gift that was born for us before we even existed. However, too soon into the season of giving, we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting, buying, traveling, and even complaining. It makes me wonder what has gotten into us all! I am not innocent of these things either. However, I am painfully aware of this sin and pray for some wisdom from God as to how to change things.
Unfortunately, this is our society right now. Even filled with those who love the Lord, this world cannot turn away from this idea of business, selfishness, and me-me-me-ness (I realize that's the same as selfishness, just making a point).
God should be our focus, now and always, not how many lights we can decorate our house with, or how many gits we have under our tree. I do not want my child to grow up only thinking of things she will receive at Christmas-time, but what she can bless someone else with. Selah should be learning to reflect on the blessings she has been given, and praising God for them.
These are the things I want to instill into my children, but how, when the whole world is teaching them otherwise?
All I can do is show her how thankful I am, and give when it is not "normal" to do so. And pray that she will be affected by my actions, and not the world's.
I am so thankful for our health and safety this past year. The Lord has protected us in so many ways and I give him all the Glory!
I am thankful for having this year to spend with Granny, learn from her, and let her know what she means to me.
I am thankful for the provision God blesses us with everyday, that has allowed me to stay home with Selah. It is only through God's strength we have made this an option.
I am thankful that I live in a place where I am free to sit in my home and write this, praising God, and posting it in a way that it can be read by others. I pray it opens your heart to what this season is truly about, and encourages you to praise Him today!

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