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December 20, 2010

Love Taps

I find that most of the times God speaks to me, he does not whisper or speak to me gently.  He smacks me up side the head with a 2x4.  (Or in this case, a box of taffy from Gatlinburg.)
Here lately I have not been in the Christmas spirit but, back in Fall I couldn't wait for it to get here.  Now that it is, I just can't find the giddy feeling I had felt back in the Fall.  The day after Thanksgiving my tree was up, stockings were hung, and Christmas music was blaring from my computer speakers non-stop and yet, I felt nothing.  I have been completely stressed because none of the presents I wanted to give my sweet the hubbs could be shipped to me in time, the BX had a very limited and picked over selection, and I am still waiting for the hubbs' "big" gift to arrive that I ordered over three weeks ago.  I literally have shed many tears over wanting to give the hubbs a good Christmas and not being able to do just that.  
But you know, it took getting a package from home today to have my heart warmed.  No, not because the box was filled with wrapped presents did my heart grow, it was because the package contained a CD.  Yeppers, a CD; A Called Out Quartet Christmas.  I sat down, imported it to my iTunes, opened the box of Smoky Mountain Taffy Logs my Mom sent to me, and then got smacked in the head.  As I sat there chewing on taffy, listening to Mary Did You Know, God filled my heart with the real Christmas spirit.  The True Reason for the Season.  
Suddenly I am not so concerned about whether or not the hubbs' present gets here in time for Christmas morning.  I am no longer worried about which one gift I am going to give the hubs on Christmas Eve after going to our church's Christmas Eve service.  I am more concerned about making sure my Bible is bookmarked to the correct page so we can read the Real Christmas Story before we open our presents.  I am more concerned about making sure everyone around me knows that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.  
Instead of having a heavy heart, I have one filled with such joy.  This burden has been lifted and I can now enjoy this holiday season.  Now, as I look at my Christmas tree, instead of looking at the presents underneath the tree, I am going to smile at my aluminum foil star that has now become a Fox Family tradition that I can't wait for my daughter to experience next year and for many to come.  I am going to look pass the paw print marked tile, and sit down on the floor with my furry babies and cuddle with them for a little longer than I normally do each night.  Instead of worrying about providing the "Most Amazing Christmas Ever" for my the hubbs, I am going to be thankful I have the hubbs to share Christmas with. 

Let us all be smacked up side the head this Holiday Season, shall we?

Thanks for the "Love Tap", Lord.  

1 Comments:

Debra Lee said...

As I am writing this through tears of joy, happiness and pride, I just want to say how much I love you and how proud of you I am! Momma

 

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