Monday, December 12, 2011
Christmas trees, snow, and celebrating the birth of Christ
I cannot believe it is that wonderful time of year again. Christmas is less than two weeks away! The cold weather has finally settled in for its long visit to Indiana, and we have already seen the snow fly on a couple of occasions as early as late November, which has local "weather forecasters" predicting a long and cold winter based on patterns of seasons past. I have learned to embrace the cold weather because it does arrive every year right on time whether I like it or not, so we might as well find the positives out of our experiences and enjoy or short lives here on Earth. Or I guess one could move and enjoy the weather somewhere else, but wherever you go there is going to be something to deal with!
Personally, I need to work on trying to be more positive in my life anyways no matter what the circumstance. It can be so difficult! Or is it? I guess I like to think its difficult, because then when I fail it makes me feel better about my regression. But really I am so blessed that when I think about how petty I am sometimes it seems foolish. I have a home which we hope to have paid off someday, the home although old (and messy!) is sturdy and comfortable, we have food in the fridge, a growing family, and we live in a safe environment - I really should be ever thankful. And yet there it goes, negativity creeping up into my senses and once again I am back at square one wondering how in the world I got there and how to dig myself back out. It's a struggle, but one we should not give up on while pressing forward with resolve and determination.
And yet all that I have said is merely details and frosting on the proverbial cake. Most of all at Christmas, and all year long, I want to be thankful for Jesus and teach my children to do the same. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and remember to be thankful for the most precious gift of all - salvation for the repentant heart through Christ.