You’re going to have to watch the video to understand this post. If I put the people in my life in the categories of a tree….I’d have a whole lot of leaves a few branches and a couple roots. I am thankful for those roots because without them I could not stand here today. ‘Some people come into your life for season and some for a lifetime.” My roots don’t need me to tell everybody who they are and what they’re doing for me. I love the roots in my life, I also love the branches and the leaves, because there’s a reason that they’ve come into my life. The problem is figuring out which is which. You get your heart broken by someone who was only meant to be in your life for a little while and you thought they were supposed to be there for a lifetime. My roots know who they are and I just wanted to let them know how much I appreciate them.
One of my friends posted this on Facebook and I kinda liked it so I thought I would share it…
Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor. This is how it happened. I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out next to the fireplace.
“What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone. Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement . . .
“TEACH THE CHILDREN!” I was puzzled. What did he mean? He anticipated my question and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children!
Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten. “Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”
He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.”
He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”
Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”
He then pulled from his bag an ORNAMENT of himself. “Teach the children that I, Santa Claus, symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.”
He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly berries represent the blood shed by Him.
Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave his begotten son.” Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.”
He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”
Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL,. “Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.
Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship him, our LORD, our GOD.”
So yesterday at work this little girl came into the store and of course I noticed her right away. She and her father walked around the store, found what they needed, and came to me to check out. I have not been able to stop thinking about this little girl. She had to be 4 or 5, she was completely bald, very pale and was wearing a mask. She was obviously very sick, but I could not bring myself to ask. When I looked at her beautiful blue eyes I tried to smile, but what I really wanted to do was cry. I cannot imagine the pain this family was going through. So yes, yesterday my heart was definitely crying for this little girl and her family.
If you aren’t familiar with At The Movies, it’s a series that Lifechurch.tv does every summer. Pastor Craig pulls some awesome biblical messages out of great movies like The Bucket List, We Are Marshall, Fireproof and even Nacho Libre. This past week’s movie was Fireproof and all about marriage and that who you are without God is NOT WHO YOU ARE MEANT TO BE! It got me thinking about some other relationships (marriage relationship is awesome). Like my relationship with my parents and my friends. I really have lost touch with some friends that I wish I hadn’t lost touch with. I don’t talk to my dad like I did when I was younger and I miss that. So what relationship do YOU need to work on and what is YOUR next step to fixing that relationship?
So much has happened since April…my girls first real season of baseball has ended. Amaya played tee-ball and didn’t seem to enjoy much until we got to her last game and then she decided to bring out the the big bats and actually tried to stop a ball instead of watching it roll by her. Hayley played baseball and did really well in practice, but game time was a whole nother story, but she still wants to play next year so she must have had some kind of fun. LJ will be 1 in a couple weeks and is already walking. Of course he had to be different and start walking before he turned 1. His sisters waited until they were about 14 months old to start walking. Lance found an awesome job that he starts on Monday. I had my gallbladder removed and am still trying to recover. I have a hard time admitting that it’s still a little painful to do the things I know I need to do, so I just do those things anyway and deal with the pain. I watched the movie ‘Fireproof’ for the second time tonight and even though Lance and I’s relationship is pretty good, I still see room for improvement. I think the biggest thing that hit me from the movie is that God loves us even though we don’t deserve His love, but He loves us anyway. Even when we’ve pushed Him away and spat in His face, He still loves us. I feel so incredibly loved and so undeserving at the same time.
Do you remember the person you were before you met Jesus and accepted Him as your Savior? Do you remember all the things you did that you thought no one could forgive you of? Well I know Jesus forgives ALLLLLL of our sins, but we also need to forgive ourselves and get past the guilt and shame. Set yourself free of your past. I know just how hard this is because I, myself, am in the process of doing the same thing. I did a lot of things I’m not proud of, but the past is the past and you can’t undo it. It helps us form who we are, sure we’d love to go back and change some things, but in the end you’d change as a person. I kind of like the person I am now, wish I was a little bit more confident, but overall I feel I’m a pretty good person. I don’t know that I could say that if I hadn’t gone through some of the things that I went through. I’m sure, in time, that God will show me how these things are going to be or were used for His glory.
Now I’m not going to get into all the things that I did, because people will read this and use those things to hang over my head. The guilt and the shame are the chains that are holding me down and every once in a while Satan will get ahold of this information and use it to bring me down even further. All I know is that I WANT TO BE FREE!!! Free from the guilt and free from the shame and embarassment…I will get there one day with God’s help and the help of a few of my friends. Does anybody else want to be free of their shameful past??? Am I alone here??
So I grew up in this little town called Blaine, WA. It’s in the very northwest corner of the state. It’s the last town you hit before crossing the border into Canada. Anyway, I moved there when I was pretty young. I started kindergarten there I think about a year or so after we moved there. Before I started kindergarten we moved onto 11th Street. Our house was right across the street from the high school and middle school. It made getting ready for school in the morning pretty easy. I could wake up at 7:30 and get ready and still be to school way before anybody else. The thing I loved about living in Blaine was that EVERYBODY knew EVERYBODY. I know my sister hated it because Mom usually knew if she had done something wrong before Mom even got home from work. I miss living in a little tiny town, but at the same time I like not having to drive 20 miles to get the stuff we need. Most of my family also lived in Blaine, most of them have moved away, but my grandma and aunt and uncle still live there in the same houses that they lived in when I was there. From the pictures I’ve seen A LOT has changed, but I think a lot has stayed the same too.
1) that I have a relationship with God.
2) for my loving family.
3) that we have a roof over our head and food to eat and clean water to drink.
4) that we live in a country where we can worship our God without fear of death.
5) that we have health insurance and access to great medical care.
6) that I’m still alive.
7) that I have a Bible and that I can read that Bible anytime I want or need to.
I’m sure there are many more things that I’m thankful for, but these are the ones that have come to my mind at this time. What are you thankful for??
and I’m not talking fake body parts here…I’m talking about people who will tell you one thing to your face and then turn around and say the complete opposite to someone else. Their actions do not match their words or beliefs. They claim they love God, but 2 minutes later take God’s name in vain. What about you?? Do your actions match your beliefs?? Or are you just like most of the people around you?? I’m honestly sick of people who say “I care about you. If there’s anything you need, just call.” Then your car breaks down at 3 in the morning and you call them and they either don’t answer or get upset with you for calling at such an hour. Then there’s the “I believe in God” crowd, but they’re the ones you see with the 72 inch flat screen TV that couldn’t spare a dime for you when your electricity was about to be turned off. How many people like this do you know?? Think about it, really think about it…I’ll bet you know more people like this than you think. Then there’s the “I’m your friend” people that are friends with you as long as you can do something for them, but the minute you can’t help them out they’re not your friend anymore…until the next time they need something. There’s also the “friends” that are nice to your face, but talk crap about you behind your back. I’m so sick of fake people…just be real…be YOURSELF!!
In a week I’ll be another year older. I think I’m learning from my mistakes and the mistakes of others…or am I?? Sometimes I see myself doing the same thing I’ve always done even though the end result is not what I want or need, yet I do it anyway. You would think I’d be able to see this and stop before it’s too late, but I don’t until the damage is done. Will I ever stop this repeating pattern?? Only God knows…one of these days maybe I’ll stop just getting older and get wiser too. One of these days I’ll remember to think before I act, or even better, pray before I act…Lord, please help me stop repeating the same mistakes I’ve made time and time again. Help me to see myself as YOU see me and not as the world sees me. Help me to become the person YOU want me to be. In the name of Jesus, Amen.