I had to get over things not going the way I had planned it in my head and even heart. Here is the thing: I have my way and God has His way and He knows infinitely more than I do.
So, my husband’s quote is “But where are your feet now?” Meaning, you had all these plans, but we are here right now somehow. Stop blaming so and so for screwing it up. Where are your feet now?
Do what you can where you are. Accept that God wants you to be here now for a reason and loves you. Then accept again and forgive again and do what you can where you are. Maybe the other lights burned out in your area and you are it. You are the only light of truth and love and hope where you are. Maybe you are growing to be a better light. Maybe you rebelled and turned around to start again.
No matter, you are here now and you must be here now. Stop wasting time. It is very valuable now, more than ever.😄❤
Just to be entirely honest, I recently became privy to a flaw within my being. I noticed that when I do not get adequate alone time to parse my thoughts and pray, I turn into a secret escape artist. I am present for my family but very much elsewhere simultaneously in thought and spirit. I have often been present under false pretenses. So I am aware of it now and confess and repent, determining (and off to a good start) to be better, be present. I used to be so good at that and I am getting it back. So, my strategy is to tell my family that I need some time so I walk the dog alone in the morning and pray and then I am available and actually fully present for them the rest of the day. And it is working. Cherish and be there for your family and you will notice a difference in their behavior. God is good!😄❤
The preparations are ready. More chocolate than should be consumed in one day will be consumed in one day. Jesus’ birthday cake is ready and iced. Cornish game hens are marinating. Presents are wrapped and ready for excited hands. Hustle and bustle are over until the morning. I sit alone in my bedroom and there is a hush, a calm, a peace, a joy. And it washes over me that Jesus’ birthday celebration is deeper than thanking Him for His birth but worshipping Him and thanking Him for what came after. Jesus was born on purpose as we all are, but His purpose was far greater than ours… saving the world. My Hero. Your Hero. And tomorrow I get to celebrate my Hero, Jesus. And here is my present for you…
I bless you in Jesus’ name, that you will know Him closer and deeper this year. May tomorrow be joyful and peaceful and richly meaningful and with Jesus in it right with you. May your heart be lifted to His kiss. ❤🎁🎄
My Grandma Metzler was the most special and important woman in the world. And when she went to heaven a few years ago, part of me went with her really. She was a nurse and a missionary and loved the Lord with all her heart. Every conversation reflected that. Every song was for Him. Every piano note played was a tribute to Him. And as a profession in the states, she was a charge nurse for a state children’s hospital. She was amazing. She and my grandpa took my sister and I to high school and college plays and musicals, the Nutcracker Suite ballet, orchestras, camping, national parks, monuments, literary historic homes. She was rich with art appreciation and the love of literary classics as well as Christian works as well as all things Christian. And she was my biggest supporter, writing me letters all the time, coming to every recital or school play or church musical I was in. She was all nurse so wanted me to be all doctor. I became one because of her. She was right as always, but she was humble and gentle as she was super strong. And all these things and more raced through my eyes and escaped through my tear ducts as I perused the treasure my dear Aunt Rosie had sent me for Christmas just now. She sent her poems. I have my precious grandma’s poems. Oh, what a treasure! So, it may appear as though I had only received a few insignificant presents, but with this offering, I am way richer than anyone else. Thank you, God. And thank you for so many years with this incredible woman of yours.❤