Merry Christmas everyone! As we gather with our families this Christmas and enjoy great meals and gifts, as Christians we’re celebrating the Birth of our savior, our Lord Jesus Christ! Glory to God who gives us the victory! As I write this my heart is heavy with emotion and tears well up in my eyes thinking of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me! I’m so thankful and so grateful for my blessings I don’t take anything for granted. I thank God every step of the way and so should you, because things could be a lot worse. As the saying goes no matter how bad you think you’ve got it , there’s someone hurting worse.
For example here in California we’ve had a lot of fires lately due to the dry brush and the wind. Many people have lost their land and their homes. They now have to stay in hotels or with family for the holidays. Obviously their holiday will not be the same as they envisioned it would. My heart goes out to those people who have lost their homes. So obviously those of us who are in our homes this year have a lot to be thankful for. Think of the people who are homeless today, hungry and lonely. Pray for those less fortunate than yourself. Prayer strengthens us and gives us power! So pray without ceasing.
Pray with your families and for them. I’m so thankful God has kept me alive another year, kept me in good health this year, taken care of my basic needs, and a lot of my wants. The Lord knows what you have need of. He has blessed my children to be in good health and doing well for themselves as young adults. He blessed my husband as leader of the family and allowed him to protect, provide, and guide. He’s blessed me to attend a prestigious University, and not just attend but excel! He’s given me spiritual maturity and allowed my spirit to blossom and soar!
If it had not been for the Lord who was on my side “Where indeed would I be?” He’s given me the gift of writing and creativity and allowed me to share the word of the Lord around the world. So I love you Lord I praise and worship you today, no other help do I know. So I thank you today because you “are” Lord and are worthy to be praised!! Take a moment and take stock of what you are thankful today! The miracle of Christmas is Christ!
My dear readers and followers, the top post of December has been, “Remembering Loved Ones in Heaven”. Bless your hearts. When I wrote that post over a year ago I had no idea how significant it would become. I wrote it because I too, am remembering my loved ones in heaven in this holiday season. I miss them all the time, but at the holidays I miss them more. If you have been following me for a while you know that I’m an only child and I lost my mom in 2005, sometimes it still feels like yesterday. My husband lost his father and an aunt this year. so we’ve been hurting too. My mom and I were close and would celebrate the holidays together. We’d do Thanksgiving at her house and Christmas at mine.
She was such an excellent cook, and just a happy spirit, the type of person you like to be around. Her wish was to be cremated so she is here in our home with family. I love having her here. I can put pictures around her vase, light candles, which I often do or just simply talk to her. I recommend cremation to keep your family close by. It’s not only my mom who I miss I miss my grandparents, my great grandparents, who were such a huge influence in my early years. I also miss my older aunts, my cousin, they are gone but never forgotten.
At the time of my mom’s death I was so crushed! I thought I would never celebrate the holidays again! Because now that she was gone all the fun was taken out of it for me. I had other family to celebrate with but I didn’t want to. I isolated myself and I didn’t want to see or talk to anyone for years. That was my way of dealing with grief and pain! Probably wasn’t the best way, but we do what we can do in our moments of pain. I did some grief counseling which really helped me out a lot, I highly recommend it. Then I learned one of the best ways to cope with grief and pain is to get yourself off your mind and do something for somebody else.
For example; since I couldn’t go to my mom’s for Thanksgiving anymore, rather than sit home and be lonely I started going to the “Salvation Army” on the east coast and help feed the homeless, needy, and elderly lonely people. Slowly God began to heal my heart and I began to come out of my shell when I met my husband. Then God blessed me with my own family. Having family holiday gatherings and doing things for my family gives me joy and purpose and most of all I can love again! So thank God for the Gift of Love! So remembering our loved ones at this time of year is something that I share with you. We will keep our loved ones memories alive by each us burning a candle on Christmas eve and Christmas Day and we can pray for each other’s healing. Sound good? You with me? Awesome! Lets do it! God Bless all those with loved ones in Heaven!
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