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Oh my goodness... I have been in such a funk lately. tongue out I used to LOVE Christmas... the shopping, the parties, the food, the parties, the family getting together, did I mention the parties?... and then all of a sudden... my kids grew up & left home.  Just jumped ship, they did!  Flew the coop!  And here I sit... just me, hubby & Skeeter the 100 pound black lab who thinks he’s a lap dog!  My husband’s kids all live here... but it’s just not the same!

This Christmas is no different. About mid-October when the stores begin putting out the Christmas decorations & start in on their hoop-la: buy now! pay later I start getting really crabby about Christmas!  I hate how commercialized Christmas has become!  I hate that I don’t live closer to my sister; I hate that my parents are getting older & I may not have many more Christmases with them... HATE is not a CHRISTmas word!!

And on top of that the last few years my older two kids who are in the military have been in Germany or Iraq during Christmas.  Last year my daughter (a Marine) was in Iraq & we had her little girl, Hayli, who was about 20 months at the time.  This year... my son Alex is in Iraq for a second tour - he’s a Sgt. in the US Army - and is in Baghdad!  Please pray for his safety.  I realize that I’m not the only mom in the world whose kids are overseas serving in the military or are otherwise unable to come home for the holidays.
My daughter is now stateside (North Carolina) & pregnant... too pregnant to make it home for Christmas.  The bright spot is my little Hayli will be flying in with her daddy to visit me for Christmas.  I thought maybe that would be enough to get me out of my Christmas funk... but alas, as I stand in the aisle at the grocery store or just listening to the radio in the truck... I cry!  Openly bawling my eyes out!  It’s pitiful!  People stare... and I don’t even care.  I miss my kids so much... and my sister who lives about 9 hours away... and my grandfathers!  

So........ this afternoon I took matters into my own hands, so to speak.  I hooked up the CD player, put on a Gaither Christmas CD... and listened repeatedly to “What Did You Say Was the Baby’s Name?” and “And a Child Will Lead Them” specifically...!  I made green bean casserole for tomorrow’s family dinner - singing at the top of my lungs along with the music: “King of King and Lord of Lords, His name is Jesus“...  and do you know... after listening to those words over and over again... I remembered that HE is the reason for Christmas... HE is the reason I hang a nail on my Christmas tree each year... HE is the reason I can get up in the morning & be who HE wants me to be!

Ladies... I do believe I may have my Christmas groove back!


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      Mary Clark wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • Marcy...I am so glad you got it back.  Let me also suggest a good book to buy and read.  It's called The Purpose of Christmas  by Rick Warren.  

      I have started reading it and it’s really good.  It might just be what you are looking for.  

      I have a very good friend who loves The Gaithers.

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      Darla5 wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • Marcy, For me there is nothing like music to get my groove back. I am so happy you are finding yours.

      I will remember your children in prayer. I know as a Mother it is hard for our children to be far away from us. Our heart strings are pulled. They are so blessed to have you and your love.

      Keep jammin’ girl!!!! Crank it Up!!!

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      Mz. Queen wrote Dec 20, 2008
    • Hey Marcy,

       Glad you got your Christmas groove back. It’s true you‘re not alone when it comes to having children serving away from home, but this is your way of handling matters of your heart. I am praying for all our children. My daughter is now home having served in Irag, during Christmas of 2005. We know what you are experiencing. Sincerely we have you in our prayers.

        Merry Christmas. And when the feeling needs another bubble just keep calling His name. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

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