Christmas Day I was heading over to my daughter's house and found Starbucks open. We stopped for a cup of coffee and I thanked the girl for working this day. I knew that working at Starbucks on Christmas Day meant more money for them and it was a volunteer day. The people working there was happy. There are things in life that just make us happy.
Psalm 118:21 New International Version (NIV)
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.
Putting God in your life brings about a change. Change that continues to grow when you learn of his ways. You can read story after story of Bible Characters and find so much hope. It was faith that helped the blind man to see and his persistence to Jesus (John 9). Moses knew he must cross the red sea and God would open it (Exodus 14). Those are two stories that seem impossible but God did it.
What are you holding on for today? Something that seems impossible and yet all things are possible with God. It takes a stirring of our faith, determination and holding on. You are right, somethings just won't happen and we must accept God's way in it. I remember telling myself that the day my brother died from cancer on Christmas Day. I was 32 years old and waited for God to do a miracle, but the miracle was in him going to Heaven. I didn't want to accept that in those days at all. I grew angry and lost what I believed in. I went for almost one year, with no church and not wanting to hear about God. My brother suffered as my heart was broken by words of others. I wish I had never heard the church leadership say, "I wish he would hurry up and die, so we can go to our families". I understand that statement now, but then, it was just too much for my young mind to deal with.
It isn't just a night time thing. Its a day time thing from thinking too much. Maybe rest from the things you just can't change. Christmas always reminds me of my brother's death and my mom falling on Christmas morning. Her life would go from a independent living to full time care. Less than a year later, she would enter Heaven too. Christmas just changed over time and so did I. I have learned a lot and I see the importance of rest of the mind. I found myself watching Hallmark Christmas Movies, so were great and others brought me to tears. I don't have some of the things the people in the movie have. I found myself wanting friendships and the life like they have. After all, it's just a movie but it makes you think.
Rest of the mind and body should go together too. It's time to enjoy this day of life. Last night I got 9 hours of sleep. That is totally rare for me but I woke up feeling great. I had a nightmare but casted that off fast. Then I got some hot tea and decided to write you. I value life and those around me. I like to go places and be active too. I like to help at church, school and others who need my help. I also like to rest and count blessings of that day. I learn from things I wish I had done different. I stopped beating myself up over things from the past. Living in today is such a blessing.
In the book of Genesis, you can read about the beginning of time. Each day God did so much and then on the last day, he rested. I hope your schedule finds rest and knowing the importance of taking care of you. Eating right, a bit of exercise and feeding your soul with the Bible. God's word can bring life to your soul and purpose to your life. It's spurs us on but so does each of us.
Hebrews 10:24-25 New International Version (NIV)24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.