It's Sunday afternoon and the Christmas music is playing, the kids are decorating the Christmas tree, and me, I'm hiding in my bedroom having a timeout... Of sorts.
I lost it on our way out of church. A child, that I had sent to the bathroom while hubby was getting the van, took longer than expected. I checked the first bathroom, not there. Checked the one down the hall, not there either. I called her name, then again more frantically. Then I heard the pitter patter of running feet and wasn't patient in my response. My hands were full of paper clutter, most of which will hit the trash can before the end of the day, and my travel mug, and a box of leftover Sunday school snack from a kids' teacher. And I couldn't get into the van. Once I had rebalanced everything and got the door open, this same sweet little girl had thrown some of her belongings right into the seat that I was trying to sit in. I confess. I threw it in frustration to the back of the van.
So much for Sunday spirituality, and the beginning of Advent, and happy memories for an afternoon of decorating the Christmas tree. The van was pretty quiet most of the way home. After a mishmash dinner of leftovers, my husband sent me to my room for a nap.
I awoke an hour later to the sounds of Christmas music, kids' excited voices as they hung ornaments, singing along with the music... And just a whole lot of happiness. I decided that I didn't want to ruin it and pulled out my bags to do some class work (I have a rough draft due for class tomorrow) and to read the first day of Walking to Bethlehem in an effort to refocus myself.
I checked my email briefly... I'm a perpetual procrastinator. And opened THIS email from Dayspring...
You're More Than Your Hard Days
Some days you will try your best
and it will not feel like enough.
Some days the words you want to heal will hurt instead.
Some days you will question everything you do
and why you do it.
This doesn't mean you're a failure.
Or you should quit.
Or God is mad at you.
It just means this...
All of your days you will be human.
All of your days you will grow but not reach perfection.
All of your days there will be grace enough for you.
Keep going, friend.
Keep moving forward.
I know it's hard on some days. But you are more than those days.
And at the end of all your days you will hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
That will make it all worthwhile.
So close your eyes and remember you are loved.
Today. Tomorrow. Forever.
For more words of hope and encouragement from Holley, visit her blog Heart to Heart with Holley and to receive Free Devotionals from Holley, CLICK HERE to subscribe by e-mail.
I share all this not to justify my outburst, but just because I'm thankful for a word from God, through Dayspring and Holley Gerth, just when I needed it.
I have mentioned Dayspring a time or two, and I'm always on the lookout for their great sales, because I love decorating and filling my house with reminders from God's Word. And they have some awesome "flash sales" going on this week. I'm sharing Monday's with you...
This sale is active from 11-3 CST Monday only. This item will be marked down on the website, so no coupon code is required to receive the discount.
Monday, December 3rd
Redeemed- Everything Beautiful- Decorative Lantern
Flash Sale Price: $14.99 (50% off)
Similar item on sale:
Love Came Down- Trio Tea Light Holders
December Monthly Special, on sale for $9.99
Also, ALL jewelry will be on sale starting Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 9. Jewelry will range from 25%-50% off.
So sign up for Dayspring emails... they come at just the right time!! :)
What has God used to share just the right thing with you!??! When was it??