Thank you – 2017

In 2 days we get to celebrate one of the most amazing moments! The birth of our Christ and Savior, our Heavenly Father! We get to celebrate his birth- We are so blessed that he loved/loves us so much that he has enabled all that we have, where we are, and where we are going.
My prayer is that this holiday season we don’t forget what we are really celebrating- The world we live in puts so much pressure on gifts, gifts, and more gifts. Because if we are all spending money then store owners are making money. As fun as gifts are let’s not let that pressure bring us down. Gifts are not the reason for the season. We have already been given the greatest gift. Let us just say, “Thank you.”
This past couple of weeks the conversations that I have been having with the kids goes a little like this:
Can you just say thank you! Thank you Mom for washing, drying, and folding my clothes! Thank you Mom for cleaning the house: the toilet, the counters, the floors… because then you get to enjoy a clean semi germ free home. Thank you mom for taking me to and fro where I need to go, thank you mom for cooking food for us. Mom, thank you for allowing me to have a gaming system, tv, phone, internet ect…

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this conversation. The last couple of days thought it has really hit me- I mean I pray daily and I say Thank you a lot, but do I really say thank you. Am I really understanding all that God has done and is doing and will do in my life. I mean are you kidding me he has blessed me with another day! He has ensured that my family has a roof over our heads, food in our belly, and all the things that we need and mostly the things that we want as well. I think sometimes it’s very easy for us to get caught up in the “have nots” and for get about the “haves” that surround our daily life.

I bring all of this up because sometimes with the Holiday season there can be stress because we aren’t able to buy the best gift for that special someone or maybe we couldn’t do everything we wanted for our children, and I think hearing the words “You are doing great!!” Let’s switch that focus to the things that we can do, the people that we get to spend time with, the moments that we get to experience this holiday season. Most importantly let’s not forget to celebrate our Heavenly Father! He is such a good good Father! He deserves so much praise and honestly we are not always worthy of his love, but he gives it willingly.

Happy Holidays!

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