Weekly Image of Life: A Christmas Surprise

I LOVE surprises.  I pretend like I really want to know whatever it is that’s being hidden from me, but the truth is, I’m completely tickled pink by the suspense!  I had no idea what my wedding ring would look like because my hubby did the shopping for that on his own, and (with some convincing on my end) we decided not to find out the gender of our baby before she was born!  I give little to no hints about what I want for my birthday or Christmas, and I’m delighted to unveil the mystery at the appointed time. 😉

Today I was met by a knock on the front door, and the mailman had a special delivery for me.  I had no idea what it was and I couldn’t wait to tear the package open.  It turned out to be Alexandra’s first Christmas gift!  It was a beautiful personalized book that told the story of how she became the beloved fairy princess.
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It was from some good friends of the family, and was completely unexpected. Receiving such a sweet and thoughtful present made me think of the excitement I have when I’m able to give a heartfelt gift.

It’s a blessing to be able to give, and share a token of affection with the people you love.  I give to show my appreciation, and I can’t help but to become giddy as I wrap gifts and imagine the  big, broad smiles that I hope to see once they’re opened.
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I wish I could buy and share a Christmas surprise with everyone in my life, but as beautifully stated in this poem, the best gifts tend to be those that are intangible.

If I could wrap up gifts for you and put them under your tree, I would choose a lot of lovely things you couldn’t even see.

 I’d wrap up fun and friendship true, and happiness galore, and more joy in living than you’ve ever known before.                                            

And in a lovely package, star-trimmed with purest gold, the message of God’s love, the sweetest ever told!                                                                                                                                                                               ~Mary Kay Ash

Rejoice in giving this year, because I’m sure that to someone in your life YOU are the best Christmas surprise there is!!

Acts 20:35 (AMP)

35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

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That Helpless Feeling…

Growing up, my mom had a very special way of making me feel better when I was sick.  She would hold me close, with her arms tightly wrapped around me, and say ”give it to mommy, give it to mommy”.  She’d repeat this over and over again, lulling me into a place of comfort and peace.  In her warm embrace I knew I’d be better soon, and even as an adult I know there’s nothing like my mother’s touch.  From that moment of conception and to this present day, she’d do whatever was necessary to take my pain away. Receiving my icky germs and contracting whatever ailment I had meant nothing to her as long as I was healthy and happy.  This kind of love was once hard to fathom, but now I completely understand.

Something wonderful happens when you become a mother.  The instantaneous love leads to the desire to nurture and protect in a way I can’t fully describe.  There’s nothing like knowing you’re the one your baby depends on to help her thrive, and this instinct was strong in me this week as my daughter battled her first real illness.  My poor little girl had tummy woes, and I felt my heart-break as she struggled to keep her food down. As she winced in discomfort, and cried for me to make her feel better, the tears streaming down her face were the perfect description of how I felt on the inside.  She was lethargic and dehydrated and it bothered me that there wasn’t an instant fix. As we approached the third day of dealing with this it was challenging for me not to feel as though I was failing her.  The feeling of helplessness tried to set in when she seemed to be inconsolable, and after running  through the gamut of possible solutions, my husband received a pitiful voicemail and text in between me putting on a brave face for her. I know I’m a good mom, but that doesn’t prevent the days and moments where I think I’m letting my sweet angel down. 🙁

But in the midst of all this there’s good news!  The reality is that I’m not a failure and never was. Nor am I helpless seeing as how I’m equipped with the Word of God, prayer, and Holy Spirit wisdom!  I continue to speak and believe in her healing, and I know that today she will wake up with smiles and a hearty appetite! The chores may go undone and we may or may not leave the house, but I’ll do whatever it takes to see her dimples, and now toothy grin, shine brightly today!! 🙂

Alexandra is God’s daughter first and foremost, and as much as I love her there’s nothing He won’t and can’t do!!  I can’t think of anything more comforting than that, so instead of beating myself up I will put my trust in the Lord and continue to give Him thanks!

Psalm 136:26 (AMP)
 O give thanks to the God of heaven, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!
How do you react when your children are sick?  Do you trust God for their full and complete healing?