The old time melodies seem to lift my spirit and keep the smile on my face, though lately it seems to get harder and harder.
The cares of the world threaten to dispel my spirit, as yet another holiday looms ahead. This year, along with my favorite trimmings and music,
comes along with higher bills. The heater is starting to crank up, which makes the electricity bill send shivers down my spine.
Yet, that isnt just it...with that comes a bill for my sons school and an added cell phone to pay for, for him while hes away..and need I remember that in just 7 weeks Christmas will be here? As the kids dance around in excitement, I cant help but smile at their joy...but worry about where the money will come to pay for the things that they so desire. But, where there has been worry...I keep repeating over and over the verses in Phillipians 4, where God has reminded me yet not to worry, but in everything take it to Him in prayer..
His promise is that He will make my burden light and yoke easy. This is a promise I will never forget.
The one thing I have been tremendously blessed with is, that though my kids and I have faced many struggles, the glorious miracles that have taken place in each trial has given me hope.
When bills are due, right at the moment I need it, the money comes in. When clothes were needed, God has always come through.
Right now, as my husband searches for a job, we are on a very tight budget...and it has threatened many times, in shaking our courage and trust.
But, this is the time to hold on and remember, God will pull us through. That HE has a plan..He has everything under control.
The biggest blessing is my children. As we have struggled alot in the years, they have grown to be such wonderful kids in it. They dont give me huge christmas lists or very costly ones. They know mom has a small budget to stick with and have been so very very understanding through it all.
The biggest thing to remember through all of this, is that Christmas is not about getting piles of presents under the tree, its about family..and most important Christ. So, to all the moms and dads out there with worry and struggling to keep that smile on their faces...remember God has everything under control. Find the blessings in the storms you face. Know that in each thing, there is a lesson to be learned.
Mine is the strength and trust that God is building inside me. May you find that also this season.
4 Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful. 5 Let everyone know how gentle you are. The Lord is coming soon.
6 Don’t worry about anything. Instead, tell God about everything. Ask and pray. Give thanks to him. 7 Then God’s peace will watch over your hearts and your minds because you belong to Christ Jesus. God’s peace can never be completely understood.