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christmas-every-day-i-wishAfter reading my devotions this morning, as I do every morning, I began to write in my prayer journal. I say it has turned into more of my “thanksgiving journal” than my prayer journal because, most days, I’m simply thanking Him for various things. Lately, most of my actual prayers are not written – for a few different reasons. This morning, however, turned out to be a little different. Oh, it started out the same – my usual “Good morning Father! Thank You for waking me this morning” then I wrote the words “Christmas Eve” and, after that, I really didn’t even know what I was writing until I finished and read back over it. I felt I should share it and I hope it will touch at least one person’s heart and/or life. I am going to simply share exactly what is written in my journal:

Christmas Eve – the day before we celebrate the day of Your earthly birth – when You chose to put aside Your glory and Your Heavenly home to come and dwell among us AS one of us! My mind is hard-pressed to even BEGIN to comprehend the depth of Your love for ME! There are no words and, even if there were, I don’t know that I would be able to get them down on paper. I feel so inadequate and extremely unqualified to even try – so I pray and I ask You to help me live my life in a way that portrays and conveys what there are no words for – a love with no explanation – a love that can not be explained – a love that only You can give! I want my life to be a life that points others to You and honors You in a way no words can and a life that brings glory to Your Name! Without You, I am nothing and worth nothing; but, WITH YOU, I am unstoppable!

Help me to share the TRUE gift of Christmas every minute of my life – every second You give me breath; for I can not even take a breath without You filling my lungs with air! Help me to remember every day I have is a rare and precious gift FROM You and how I choose to use it is my gift TO You. I want to always be able to give You a lovely gift at the end of every day and, without Your help, even that isn’t possible.

My heart is truly overflowing this morning as I look back over this past year and remember all the wonderful “gifts” You have given me:

  • time spent with family & friends
  • growing love from & for my husband
  • a daughter making her way back to You
  • FREEDOM from my fears

and so many more! With You in my life, I truly can have Christmas every day, as can anyone else!

Thank You for all You have spoken to my heart this morning and, for all I have asked this morning, I ask it in the Precious, Holy Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! I love You ūüôā

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I think this is my most favorite speech of all time. The fact that it is done by a cartoon character makes no difference to me. I believe it is THE most important speech ever and I pray that you truly know the One that makes Christmas, Christmas. Now, take a minute out of your busy schedule, sit back, relax and breathe for a moment as you listen and are reminded what Christmas IS all about…….

 

I would like to tell you how I have felt for the last 25 years on the day after Christmas.

I guess I really had not thought much about this until yesterday when a friend posted on Facebook that the day after Christmas is so sad because it meant Christmas was over for another whole year!¬†Twenty five years ago (Dec. 26, 1985) the day after Christmas became a very special day for me and someone that is very close to me. Why? Because that is the day we finally got to meet in person, face-to-face. I had loved this person for quite some time, had prayed for her even longer than that and she had been very close to me for quite a while, too.¬†I nurtured her the best way I knew how, made sure the doctor cared for her and monitored her to be sure she was okay but I still couldn’t meet her – not yet. The time had to be just right.¬†I was told I would probably get to meet her on Dec. 14 but it wasn’t to be. As time went on, I was beginning to wonder if we would even get to meet that year – but I knew God was in control of it all and I tried to be patient and wait on His timing.

As usual, His timing was perfect! Finally, at 2:03 a.m. on the day after Christmas in 1985 I got to meet my baby girl – Jessica Shawn Maree Kenney. She was just perfect – ten fingers, ten toes and some crazy PUNK hair! LOL¬† Yes, I’m serious. She had light brown hair and the prettiest little ‘punk’ streak of blonde! (Or was it the other way around?) Now, I have to go home and look at the pictures to remember! Hey, it HAS been twenty five years! LOL

All I know is, ever since that day, the day after Christmas has been a very special day for us. Some people would say, “Oh how awful! I bet you get birthday and Christmas presents all together. You get cheated.” But that was never the case. We always had a completely separate celebration for her birthday. True, because of the time of year, a lot of her friends (and even family) couldn’t always be there, but it didn’t matter. We always celebrated her birthday ON her birthday – complete with cake and presents wrapped in BIRTHDAY paper NOT Christmas paper – LOL

I have to say that a lot of days over the last twenty five years have been filled with tears for one reason or another but the joy that has filled the last twenty five years FAR outweighs the tears and makes it all worth it. She has grown in to a wonderful, young woman who loves the Lord and that is all that really matters. Maybe she doesn’t get every single thing right along the way – do any of us? I know I don’t!

So, I guess I have to disagree with you on this one, Mandy – the day after Christmas will forever be a wonderful day for me. How much sweeter can it get than celebrating my Savior’s birth one day and my baby girl’s the next?

If I don’t forget, I will try to post a “then” and “now” picture of her when I get home tonight.

I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas AND a wonderful day¬†AFTER Christmas ūüôā

There has been quite a twist to my story about Mary. I got a call this morning giving me some different news. It seems that Steve (the person who was going to bring Mary to me today) noticed something about her when he picked her up this morning. He said she didn’t appear to be pregnant to him. He was going to take her to the vet to have her evaluated and see if she is, indeed, pregnant. If not, he said he was going to have the vet give her all her shots and spay her while she was there.

The vet called him this afternoon to let him know that Mary is NOT pregnant. Therefore, she is getting her shots and having surgery tomorrow. I will be bringing Mary home on Friday.

So, all we have to do is find a good home for Mary – there will be no puppies.

I should have known something was going on when I found myself logged in to Facebook yesterday morning. I don’t usually log in. I just see everyone’s updates on my phone as text messages. However, that wasn’t to be yesterday. There I was, scrolling through my newsfeeds, reading updates, seeing links and pictures that had been posted and then I saw a friend’s update:

IMMEDIATE FOSTER NEEDED FOR A PREGNANT DASCHUND MIX DUMPED LAST NIGHT OUTSIDE IN THE COLD! BEGGING FOR A FOSTER IN SOUTH ALABAMA.. OTHERWISE SHE IS GOING TO BE EUTHANIZED!And I kept scrolling down the page. . . . .or at least I did for a minute or two. . . . .but I found myself drawn back to my friend’s post. Why am I reading this again? I¬†don’t want a dog.¬†I have cats. I don’t have to worry about my cats, if I want to go somewhere. I just go. They have a litter box they can use. But a dog? Nope, can’t do that with a dog. You have to be able to let them outside to use the bathroom.¬†Not to mention¬†THIS dog is PREGNANT!!! No, uh-uh – sorry, can’t help.

Nagging, nagging, nagging inside my head. This Mother Dog is gonna be put to sleep if someone doesn’t step up and offer to care for her, at least temporarily. But ME? Does it have to ME? And I felt in my heart, ever so slightly, the¬†question, “Why not you?”

That is how I found myself¬†on the phone, talking with the person that my friend had listed as¬†the contact. I told him that I¬†don’t live close to their area but that I¬†would be willing to take in the dog, IF they absolutely, could not find anyone else to take her in. I told him I just couldn’t stand the thought of her¬†(and her babies) being put to¬†sleep. I gave him my phone number and he added me as a friend on facebook and the messages began to fly! By yesterday afternoon, I learned that I would, indeed, be given the task of caring for this dog on a foster basis.

So, my mind began to process this information and I thought, “I’ve got to get the word about her to my friends, too. I need to post something to see if I can pique some interest. But I’d like to give her a name.” That’s when I started thinking, since it’s December, what kind of Christmas name could I give her?¬†I thought of the usual “Holly”, “Garland” and such but none of them were sounding right. Not to mention, after I thought about it, I didn’t really want to stick the poor dog with a Christmas name ALL year long, did I? Then it came to me, it’s December – she’s pregnant – she has no place to go – her name will be Mary!

I sent my friend a message to let her know that I would be taking care of Mary and I asked her if she wanted to know how I came up with that name. I told her, “Well, it IS December and she IS pregnant! LOL” This is what her reply to that was: “Mary is perfect, “no room at the inn.” You have become the inn keeper providing the manger!”I don’t know about becoming the ‘inn keeper’ but I do know that Hebrews 13:2 tells us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” I don’t want to miss my chance on possibly entertaining an angel. “A dog as an angel?” you may be asking yourself. Well, I believe that God can send us angels in whatever form He chooses.

So now you know the story of MY Mary Christmas. If you think you might be interested in giving Mary a permanent home or one of her puppies after they arrive and are old enough, just leave a comment with your contact information and I will get it to the right people. I will post a picture of her later tonight (hopefully) but I am out of time for now.

Have a blessed day everyone ūüôā


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