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December 3, 2009

A little bit of bread...

"Give me neither proverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God."
 {Proverbs 30:8b-9}

It's that time of year again. It's the Christmas Season...Layaway items are being paid off, kids [and some adults] are writing Santa Clause letters-cutting up pictures from the sale papers so he will have a visual of what it is they want; and parents are feeling guilty because they haven't been able to purchase everything that their son or daughter has asked for. This time of year that is typically reserved for family, food and fellowship to celebrate a gift given to all of us thousands of years ago, has been turned into a fiasco of Credit Cards and greed.

It's around this time of year that I get more frustrated about finances than usual. You see, I am a gift-giver at heart. I would rather go shop and buy things for people that I love and care about than I would receive something for myself. I would love to be able to go out and purchase some tiny little something for all of my friends and family, just because I feel good giving to others. I would love to be able to sponsor 5 or 6 kids from the Angel Tree every year. I would love to be able to drop some extra money in the "Birthday Gift for Jesus" offering plate on Sundays. I would love to be able to go out and buy cute little trinkets and figurines to decorate my house with during the Christmas season. Make it look like Santa's workshop exploded in our living room. I would love to go out and buy all of the ingredients needed to make cake and cookies and candy for our friends and church family. But I can't.

And I tend to become frustrated about that. Especially during the holidays.

We have been studying the book of Proverbs in Sunday school, and the verse above was one we read this past Sunday. God himself could have just walked in the room and looked at me and said,

"Hey Courtney. I wrote this verse for you. Maybe you should consider mounting it on your living room wall so you will remember it when you get aggravated and unappreciative of all that I have given you."

And then I would have hunkered [did I spell that right? hunkered...hmm...moving on...] down in my seat, nodded my head, and just replied, "Yes sir. I'm sorry." {Anyone else getting a visual of this, as if it were happening to you?} God definitely picked that lesson and that verse out for me this past week. Because lately, I haven't been asking for my daily bread. I've wanted more. I've been asking for the bread, the turkey, the dressing, and extra dessert.

I was lying in bed last night, thinking about all of the things that I wish I could get Josh for Christmas. Things that I would like to get our family. Things that I really, really, really would like for myself, when God reminded me again of this verse. And what Christmas is really all about. It's not about the tree. Not about the food. Not about the time we get off of work. Not about the presents. It's about a gift. His gift.

I am striving so hard not to let the finances-or lack thereof-keep me from having a perfect Christmas with my husband and my son. We've had a few minor situations arise that are threatening to keep us from going to Alabama for Christmas or from having tons of extra cash to throw around on presents. But it's in this time, during this season, that I am reminded, once again, that I have everything that I could ever want or need.

I have the salvation of Jesus Christ. I have an amazing husband who loves us and cares for us. I have a beautiful son who lights up my life every single day. We have a gauranteed, steady income. We are all healthy and happy. We have a home to live in, a car to drive, material possessions that a lot of people don't have. We have money to pay our bills, clothes to wear, family that loves us and care for us. And we have food on our table.

Even if it's only bread.

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At December 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM , Blogger M at Hidden Valley Simplicity said...

I have often prayed this Scripture for prayer for myself and our family. it's just so perfect, isn't it, reminding us of balance?

I'm going to link to this post in my Saturday "around the blogosphere" post. It needs to be read!

At December 3, 2009 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Skye said...

Wow, this post really speaks to me and how I have been feeling the past few weeks. I, too, am saddened that the month of December, instead of being all about togetherness and cheer, has turned disgustingly consumerist. And although I realize that it's not right, I find myself tempted by all the things that cost money. Thank you for writing this post. It has motivated me to think more about how I can help those less fortunate this season, and put my own wants aside.

At December 3, 2009 at 3:27 PM , Blogger Melinda said...

I so understand what you mean, Courtney! I am a gift-giver, too. I always feel like I wish I could give more, do more this time of year. But I also know that I have a faithful God who always gives me exactly what I need. And often it's better than what I think is best.

At December 3, 2009 at 7:19 PM , Blogger ModernMom said...

I think so many people feel the same way you do around the holidays. Such a profound post. Loved it Courtney.


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