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"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens



Monday, December 21, 2009

A Christmas Miracle

Hello friends~ It has been a busy time getting ready for the holidays. Baking, decorating, and the arrival of my youngest son home for Christmas. The next three days, my son and I will be looking after my three little grandsons which will bring a lot more excitement to my home!

Today I would like to share a story with you. It is a true story and it is long but I hope you will read through it. I hope you will be as blessed as I am to share it with you.



A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE


The year was 1985, and what had started out as a very promising year, by May, had turned disastrous!


My hubby had lost his job and with the loss of his job, he had also lost the car which had been supplied by the company he had worked for.
He and the number one salesman in the Atlantic region had both been fired because of their honesty. Now one would think that in the work place, integrity would mean everything; not so in that work place! Needless to say, we were devastated by this turn of events.
Then, on top of it all, the beautiful family home we had been renting, had been sold and we were forced to move out to the country where rents were cheaper.
A Christian brother had loaned us a car to drive, and by mid-August, my hubby had started a small business.
I was a 'stay-at-home' mom, so money was tight. For several months our diet consisted mainly of potatoes, peanut butter sandwiches, and whatever I could bake from scratch. We had little money to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, only potatoes. I learned to serve potatoes in many different ways which wasn't a bad thing, still the meals were pretty boring at times.


With the holidays fast approaching, we were concerned about what kind of Christmas we could give our three little boys.
As the weeks flew by, and the Christmas season drew near, the bills were piling up, and we didn't have the money for a big turkey dinner let alone presents for our children.
Peanut butter sandwiches would not be a welcome treat for Christmas dinner, so I brought my petition before the Lord. He knew our circumstances better than anyone and I trusted Him to take care of it. I didn't know it at the time, but He was working on a miracle for us.


Christmas was always a very big deal at our house, and throughout December, excitement ran high. Our home always got trimmed earlier than most and the smell of Christmas baking permeated our home for weeks prior to the big day.


As December approached, we saw the Lord working on our behalf.
One night before Christmas Day, our church delivered a big box of groceries to us. What a delight to look inside that big box and find a turkey and all the fixings to make a nice Christmas dinner. That same week, another box was delivered to our home. That box was filled with chocolates, all sorts of candy, and Christmas baking. There were even some small gifts for the boys. About that same time, we began receiving monetary gifts too.
One generous couple gave us five hundred dollars! Most of those gifts came from anonymous sources and remain a mystery to this day.


Imagine the delight of three wide-eyed little boys when on Christmas morning, they arose to find their stockings bulging with all kinds of goodies.
Our boys had asked for an Atari that year, and they were overjoyed to find one under the tree. We had such an abundance of food that we were able to have friends over for Christmas dinner. There were no peanut butter sandwiches served that day!


I have learned that when we ask the Lord for something, especially when it is good for us, He is faithful to give it to us. Oftentimes, His gifts are more than we asked for and sometimes, they are beyond belief!
The scripture verse from Luke 6:38 remains for me a promise I shall always stand on. ".... and it shall be given to you, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they shall pour into your lap..." This is a promise of blessing.


The Lord had provided all we needed for a splendid Christmas; a bountiful feast, which we were able to share with friends, presents for our little ones, and money to pay some outstanding bills. The gifts had indeed been "given, running over, and poured into our lap." Most importantly, He showed us that He cared about all the little everyday things that affect our lives.


If you were to ask my boys what their favourite Christmas memory was, they would tell you it was the Christmas of 1985 when God provided a Christmas miracle.


I pray that your Christmas will be extra special this year and that God's love will fill your heart and your home.




FROM MY HOME TO YOURS, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Friday, December 4, 2009

Counting Down the Days.


Good evening friends~ Have you noticed what day it is? It's December 4th, and that means Christmas is just around the corner!
It also means that Jordan, my youngest son, will be coming home for the holidays soon; ten more days to be exact! I can't wait to see him!

You see, Jordan is away at university studying for his PhD in Math, and he only gets home at Christmastime. It has been a whole year since his Dad and I have seen him.

So, I'm making lots of preparations; a list of his favourite meals and desserts, and getting the guest room ready. The doll dressed in blue and the pretty birdhouses will all be put away to make room for my son.
Jordan is looking forward to seeing his oldest brother and his family too. My oldest son and his family live about five minutes from here. There will be lots of excitement when the three little nephews see their Uncle Jordan again!

Less than a month from today, my hubby and I are flying out to Vancouver to visit my middle son and his family. I haven't seen them since last February and my youngest grandson is walking now, and doing all the cute little boy things that baby boys do. I have much to look forward to. It's going to be a very busy, but joyous time of celebration!

I have much to be thankful for!



In the midst of all this busyness and preparation, I make sure I make time to ponder the reason why we celebrate this beautiful season, our Saviour Jesus, who came into this world to make a way for us to spend eternity with Him. We owe Him thanks for this beautiful season which we are celebrating. If it hadn't been for His coming, there would be no Christmas! Think about that! No Christmas, no Christmas carols, no Christmas decorations...

I thank Him for all this beauty He has brought us. I thank Him for my wonderful family, and for His coming to us over two thousand years ago.
I also look forward to Him coming again. Next time it won't be as a Holy Child, it will be as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! That will be a celebration to end all celebrations!
Celebrating Christmas in my heart, all year round~ Sandi