Before Christmas my elementary age kids had a short bout with whatever cold thing they picked up at school. Not a big deal and they missed very little school. As soon as school got out Kimber got it again. This time she was a little sicker and we were worried she would miss Christmas due to being so sick so we called and got her a blessing. The next day instead of being better her brother was also sick. By the end of the day it was obvious that it was spreading and we called for more blessings all around. It ended up being a good thing because a few children were showing signs of coming down with the cold, and two more actually needed blessings for other issues, so we did a round for everyone’s “maintenance and prevention.” The next morning everyone felt great and no one was sick at all for Christmas. 🙂 I was so glad we received those prevention blessings.
After enjoying the holidays, I am especially happy to be able to enjoy my family. It seems to be the goal of the holidays to be with family. Sometimes it is not so easy to get along, but this year was especially and unexpectedly enjoyable. Definitely a gift. Didn’t realize how precious it was until we had such a stressful family experience last year. Not quite ready to say I’m grateful for last year, but I do appreciate this year more.
We have been enjoying a lot of Christmas music around here, and a lot of great music in general. It is unbelievable how much musical talent there is in the world. There are people of all races, ethnicity, religions, and backgrounds who have so much talent to offer. God does not seem to discriminate when it comes to handing out musical gifts, and we all have the opportunity to enjoy it.
(I have been a little disappointed with the exclusively secular “holiday music” played on the radio this year. Anyone else notice that?)
- KPOP: EXO’s “Miracles in December” (therandomnessisall.wordpress.com)
One thing I have learned is that you can only notice the miracles around you when you cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the Lord. Only rarely does he interfere so much that we can see the miracles without looking and being aware that he is helping. Usually he assists in more quiet ways, and only a grateful and humble heart can even see those assists. I have appreciated the time I get to spend most days to sit and be quiet and find that assistance. For Thanksgiving week I hope to focus on things I forget to be thankful for.
Today I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for food. I was sitting down to eat last night and found myself blessing the food like I do every meal. Then I thought, why do I always bless the food? I probably don’t really need divine intervention to assure that it was prepared in a healthy manner. Half of what we eat we know isn’t good for us anyway, so it is not to plead for good health from the food. Occasionally it is with gratitude that we had the resources to purchase the food, but we don’t really experience actual hunger in this country. Most likely I should be praying to remember and recognize that even the food we consume every single day was ultimately provided by our Creator. Personally I have a tendency to be grateful to the people who directly purchased and prepared it. I rarely think about the many steps involved in growing, raising, harvesting, packaging, transporting and retailing what I just ate. I rarely think of everything that has to come together to make it as convenient for me as it really is. And unfortunately, I almost never actually remember to thank God for all the systems that work together in the earth itself so that I can enjoy a variety of wonderful foods, and the privilege I enjoy of living in extreme convenience. So this week I will try to actually mean it when I thank him for the food.
We spent some of our Easter time on Skype (yes, I like Skype) with extended and immediate family. I’ve already blogged about how incredibly miraculous the technology is. Yesterday I noticed a few of the people we “visited” remotely had little else going to celebrate the day, and/or few other people to visit with.
Thought for me. Even when we get busy with our own lives, how much time does it take to pick up the phone, or click “call” on the computer? We have no excuses to not stay in touch with those who may need us.
One of my kids is learning Christmas music in March. He’s either 3 months behind schedule, or 9 months ahead of schedule, but maybe Christmas is such a magical time that we want little pieces of it throughout the year. Take a moment and reflect on the miracle of the Christmas season, for the birth of our Savior was a genuine miracle. If you want some Christmas music in March with us, enjoy this arrangement. Some people are just very talented!
- It’s too early for Christmas music, Canadian drugstore chain says (news.blogs.cnn.com)