I have never shopped ever on Black Friday. I have gone out people watching because seiously it is more contact fouls than a college football game. But lately it is more mean than funny and I think that is because of the rise in selfishness and my, ahem, “maturity”. Ok, I am feeling older now. But I ahem ways laughed ahemlwayst the marketing geniuses who got so many to buy into the “get it now for the cheapest price but hurry or you’ll miss it and never get it again” ploy. I am reminded of my husband’s quote, “It’s always on sale.” So true. And if you risk injury to get the perfect gift for that special someone, maybe their or your expectations are a wee bit high. Lol. But all that noise is nor my cup of tea anymore. I prefer peace. I really dig peace in my life and I am at a point where it characterizes me. Mostly, still a bit of a struggle sometimes, I am such a fighter, but I reserve the fight for the real battles and fight mostly on my knees in prayer now. (Love “War Room”!!!) So, peace to you today. And please pare down the gifts this year so we aren’t distracted by the fantastic birthday we are celebrating. If we are peaceful and quiet, maybe we can hear him cooing in the manger. Maybe we can remember the sweet momma and baby and stepdad that birthed and raised our precious Savior. Yes, I can hear it and smell the livestock smells and hear them talking about their sweet little baby. Much better than a grab race, eh? 😄❤
God is purposeful and He is in charge of the universe. This is a true statement now and forever. God is truth and light and love and what He says goes, what He wills to happen happens. There is a reason for every single thing that happens. And when bad, even horrible things happen, He can make something beautiful out of it and love and strengthen you through it. Everything happens for a reason. I am very thankful for everything good and bad that has happened in my life because if it did not, I would not be blessed with my family, my husband and kids, and my band family or church family. My world would not look like this and I might still be proud and think my strength came from me. I know that my strength is from being humble and God working it out. I would not know this to such ar degree had I not been broken hearted along the way. God has a reason and purpose. We are not privy to specifics but we have the gist and principles of it in the Bible and through prayer. Do not doubt. Hang in there and know that my experiences prove that God knows exactly what He is doing. Jesus Christ has saved us from our sins to all who trust in Him and surely if such a thing is true He can save us from anything else too. He awaits our heart to turn fully to Him. Rest assured, He hears every heart turned fully to Him. He hears and answers. Praise God!
I write because God gave me the words. I sing and play because God gave me the song. I dance because God granted me whimsy. I am not brilliant. I try. I am not flawless. I try. I am and I do because of God. It is just that simple. He is the reason for everything.
We are given grapes of trials to ripen our souls. We can eat them happily or at least peacefully, savoring each bite, knowing the health from it will be sweet in time. Or, we can make whine. Whine may seem luxurious and comforting at the onset, but it leaves a bad aftertaste and too much will cause annoyance to others and give you a not so glorious headache. So, I recommend just grabbing and chewing up the grapes of trials as they come to you and treat them as medicine and leave the whine where it lies. You will be through the trial faster and be better for it, stronger, richer. The choice is always yours whether the grapes or the whine. Many, many, many choose the whine. We do not need more whinos in this world. I am reminded of Paul and Silas who were falsely imprisoned. They sang songs and hymns in that jail, choosing the healthy grapes to munch on. And how did they fare? They were a testimony of God’s greatness and did not make whine and annoy everyone. So many people were saved because of their choice. Life is not about us and choosing to whine makes it so. Life and trials often serve a much higher purpose for a reason and as we take our grapes and eat them up, later God will reveal what He was doing there. Sometimes it is to help you or someone else and sometimes it is to set the stage to help you or someone else. Other times, it is just to help foster the kingdom of the way of love and grow it so more of us can go to heaven some day. Only God knows the definitive reason and He is not required to tell us or ask permission. He does tell us it is for good and that He would never give us grapes too hard for us to chew up and swallow. And He has promised to love us and stay with us and come every time we call Him for help. That’s pretty amazing.