My face literally beamed with excitement. I’d shared about my planned activities for the upcoming holiday.
Unaware that my sweet friend wrestled in her heart as I shared my plans. She was unavoidably going to do nothing but work and more work!
I felt trapped by guilt.
Had I not brought up the conversation, her mood would have been different, so I thought.
She was feeling left out even before the holiday it began.
As I write this, my heart goes out to all the moms and dads working hard this Christmas just to make your little ones smile.
Whether your job is an essential duty or you are a shop attendant or you live far away from home whichever case it is, this is for you.
If you are going to be alone this Christmas and you have no-one to share your this moment with, this is for you.
My sweet friend had barely made it through the year. She is hopeful the Christmas sale will push her and daughter out of this deep financial mess.
Are you like my dear friend pushing hard just to make it through the end of the year?
Are you sacrificing your holiday just to scale through?
Many times we make a lot of sacrifice just to pull tail ends together.
May be you watch other families rejoice, do shopping together, take a vacation and wonder how long you are going to here stuck.
May be your family is barely able to stick its head out of water.
I assure you someone up there sees your labor.
I assure you someone hears your heart beating for something more.
Someone knows how lonely and detached you feel.
That same someone had watched you struggle through the year and knows your desires.
That someone is Jesus.
Jesus knows, friend.
While you are serving from your heart, remember God cares about you.
While you watch those families laugh, know that someday, not far from now, God will put laughter in your mouth. (Psalm 30:5)
Know that, you are not alone.
Your family cares about you.
Don’t see your situation as challenge but as a worthy sacrifice. And in every worthy sacrifice is a blessing
You are making a worthy sacrifice for something better!
That counts for something!
Yes it does.
Look out the window, can you see the sky?
God knows and He is going to reward your labor.
And your labor never going to be in vain.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ICorinthians 15:58 (KJV)
He has got wonderful plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I wrote some fun ideas for you. Try them out and put a smile on faces including yours
• Give a long distance call to someone you haven’t heard from in a long while.
• Send out encouraging Christmas cards or eCards via emails or messages
• Send out cute gifts like small toys and teddy bears
• Tuck in a encouraging note at someone’s door
• Give surprise cupcakes and chocolate bars to someone who also feels lonely.
My Prayer For You: I pray for you that you find encouragement and the Lord grants your heart peace. May the Lord bless your home and your heart with a miracle that will cause you to celebrate in Jesus Name.
Do you know anyone who is going through a similar situation? How can you put a smile on their faces this Christmas? I’d love to read your fun ideas friends…See you in the comments.
By His Great Grace,