My mother passed away on Thanksgiving Day forty five years ago and this will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my dad.
I will be fine, but for some people, this can be a difficult season and time of the year. If it is at all possible, please invite someone over for dinner or take them a plate or call them to make sure they are okay.
May this holiday season be a season of joy and blessing for you.
I’ll admit it. I like nice things so if someone wants to buy me something nice, I’ll take it.
The Lord wanted me to get rid of it – not because of what it was, but because of who it came from. I’ll give you a good example of what I mean. If a married man buys a single woman a gift without his wife having knowledge of it, that’s wrong and God is not pleased. In fact, God doesn’t have brides. He has one bride – the church and he’s faithful and true to His bride.
I’m not saying that the Lord doesn’t use people to bless us, but He doesn’t hide or lie about what He does. His blessing makes one rich and there is no sorrow added to it. When the enemy gives you something, sorrow comes with it. Maybe not immediately, but it will come. Also, what he gives comes with strings attached. All these things I will give you IF you will fall down and worship me (Matthew 4:9). There is something he expects in return and the thing he wants is more valuable than things. It is so valuable that it could not be purchased with money, but only with Jesus’ blood. And that’s you and your soul.
I wasn’t battling with obeying God. My mind was made up. As soon as I got home, those gifts were leaving my house, but then I realized I didn’t have the money to buy it myself.
Then the Lord said, I can afford you.
I laughed so hard and I felt so silly.
Of course, He can afford me. He made me and He is able take care of me.
So, yeah. I got rid of the gifts and I’m happy – because I obeyed God.