Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Finally A Stress Free Christmas

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." --Matthew 6:34

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" --Matthew 25-27

This past year has been a year of multitude changes for my family. (Click here to read about the changes). For a time this fall I had stressed myself out worrying about our finances that I made myself sick!

I am so thankful that we have a heavenly Father who knows all our needs, our thoughts, our fears, our problems, our illness, our desires and our wants. We are to bring it all to our Father and He will give us rest for our weary souls, peace in a world of turmoil, hope when life seems hopeless, strength when we feel we cannot go on.

This Christmas season is the first stress free Christmas I have ever had! I do not worry that I did not bake homemade sugar cookies and other holiday treats for my family to snack on; for I am thankful that we have food and nourishment for each new day. I am not stressed over the fact that we do not have a big tree with lots of decorations inside and out; for I am thankful for the little table top tree and the few cherished decorations that are sentimental to us. I am not upset that we do not have a slew of gifts under the tree; I am thankful that God has provided for my family as a need came about.

As my family celebrates Christmas this year with my newly widowed mother, I am thankful that God has provided a way that we can live near my mom and other cherished family members in their twilight years. I may not be able to bring them presents as we visit them these next couple of weeks, but I can give them something they have not had in many years….my presence. Hummm, sounds like I finally realized what Christmas is all about!

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" --Psalm 27:1

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." --Psalm 18:2

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." --Isaiah 40:31


Peggy said...

Blessings and Merry Christmas Michele!

I BEE LIEVE you knew all along what Christmas was about and finally was able to be freed of other's expectations to enJOY a worry free & totally freed spirit of Christmas!

Your beautiful spirit & grateful heart with many great verses inspires readers to reconsider priorities & seek HOPE, PEACE & LOVE that can never be bought, but has been provided by Our Father...
may your Presence & His Presence be the true presents and the BEST GIFT ever. Wishing you JOY, COMFORT, PEACE & so much LOVE from a tough year to a better one coming!

I love your "Let it snow" video, I saw in Google Reader than came but lost contact before leaving comment.

Nancie said...

Hi Michele, Thank God for seeing you through all the changes in your life. I am glad that you will be able to spend a stress free time with your loved ones. Indeed the best presents you can give them is your presence! I am sure that means the most to them! Take care and may God bless you and family.


Donetta said...

Urgent Prayer For Eddie (Love Bug)
I am typing this for Denise of Shortybears Place she is on the phone with me now

Eddie has had a stroke and is in hospital under observation. They were unable to get the stroke medication in time. So far they have done a CAT scan and a MRI and other test are being awaiting . His leg is effected. He is able to speak. This is written at 9:30 p.m. TN time

He is in Memorial Hospital Chattanooga TN. She is alone so if any friends are able please consider coming to her side. He is being moved to room momentarily.

This is written by Donetta of A Life Uncommon and she can be reached through me.

luvmy4sons said...

Blessings sweet sister. So glad you are in a good place...and your heart has the peace of Christ ruling in it! Hugs and Merry Christmas! Praying for Eddie.

Debbie said...

Beautiful sentiments! May you and your family enjoy peace, laughter and love.

Merry Christmas friend,

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Rochelle said...

Excellent thoughts! So glad you were able to relax and enjoy this Christmas! :)

Karen said...

Beautiful reflection of what Christmas is all about...bless you, sister!

Sharon Goemaere said...

What a beautiful post Michelle.:)We are in the same place and yet I cannot recall when I have enjoyed a Christmas as much as I enjoyed this one.:)Not many gifts,no decorations or tree and yet it was such a good Christmas.Thank you Jesus.\0/ Blessings~Sharon

Nikki (Sarah) said...

a great post and reminder that in Him....everything works out for our hightest good. sarah

Melanie said...

Hi, Michelle! So thankful you had a stress free Christmas. We did, too, and it was terrific!

Thanks so much for the e-card you sent.. it was a sweet blessing!

Praying for a Happy, Happy New Year!

Marsha said...

You've got it, sis! Just like the movie, It's a Wonderful Life.

Love you.