Beyond the white picket fence 

Updated: Dec 26, 2019

Paws and Ponder

Good Christmas Eve...

Sitting in the usual spot I am joined by the bully of the ranch this morning.

Roscoe is "alpha dog" and makes sure all the other dogs know it!

Thinking about the week leading up to Christmas I have to say I haven't been my best self either. I wouldn't say I was a bully but I sure haven't been very nice either.

This time of year I work extra long hours, struggle with several kids who are trauma triggered, experienced extra stress wondering if the Thrift Store and Ranch will make its goals, shopping, wrapping, cooking, expectations and frustrations....and a partridge in a pear tree. Welcome to the Freaking Holidays of the millennium. But why??? I do it to myself. No one asked me to do or be everything. Every year I say, "this year will be different! I am NOT going to try to do it all". Yet here I am again...frazzled, exhausted, and this year sad. Sad that I have so many people in my life struggling with loss, trauma and illness. I know God Did Not send his Son to have this time of year be the most harrassed. Unfortunately I have several people tell me they hate this time of year. Heck, I've said it myself.

Why is it then? The world says...spend time with those you don't like, spend money and buy, buy buy, because it's the merriest, merriest, merriest time of year! many hearts are hurting, sad and lonely.

I was in 7-11 yesterday and over heard 2 employees discussing having to spend Christmas dinner with bio family they can't stand to be around any other time of year. My brain immediately went to the show "Christmas vacation" with Chevy Chase. Again I ask why?

The worlds expectations of what the holidays are supposed to be can never be satisfied. It's an empty black hole...there will never be enough gifts, happiness or for that matter time.

But God!!!

Oh there is hope (this is where is gets Good!)

In Jesus...He is enough! He is the lover of our sad, empty and lonely souls. This is what the time of year is supposed to be about. He stepped off this throne to feed our searching unsatisfied hearts. He isn't an unreachable God, sitting on the mountain top waiting for us to do just enough to tip the cosmic scales in our favor to be able to join Him. He freely gave himself as a gift to us and all we have to do is accept Him. We can't Do anything that anyone can boast, buy or work our way to Him. It's free my friends. Sit and drink Him into your life. Just be and allow the God of creation to heal your wounded life. He doesn't need you to do anything but come. It's not a religion, it's a relationship. The truest one you will ever experience.

2 Corinthians 5:18 All this is from God, who settled the relationship between us and Him and then has called us to settle our relationships with each other. Amen!

Even the bully has friends!!

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