Thursday, December 13, 2012
The Annual Christmas Letter--some people dread it, some people ignore it, and some of us cherish it as an opportunity to review the last year of our lives. For this reason, I'm going to post my letter here. With some modifications of course!
I’ve been slowly reading through “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn and thoroughly enjoying it. It gives glimpses of eternity that are biblically sound and breathtaking. I thought I’d share just a little of what I’m learning through this book.
1 Timothy 6:17
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”
1 Timothy 4:4,5
“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.”
“God isn’t displeased when we enjoy a good meal, marital sex, a football game, a cozy fire, or a good book. He’s not up in Heaven frowning at us and saying ‘Stop it—you should only find joy in me’…
Flowers are beautiful for one reason—God is beautiful. Rainbows are stunning because God is stunning. Puppies are delightful because God is delightful. Sports are fun because God is fun. Study is rewarding because God is rewarding. Work is fulfilling because God is fulfilling.
…some people who are the most determined to avoid the sacrilege of putting things before God miss a thousand daily opportunities to thank Him, praise Him, and draw near to Him, because they imagine they shouldn’t enjoy the very things He made to help us know Him and love Him.”
This past year is one that’s led me to a place of recognizing that God is in the details; that He loves me extravagantly (and you too!), and that each day presents opportunities to know Him and His character a little better.
As for the mundane stuff….
I’ve been working at Walgreens for a little over a year now. I’ve moved from overnight shifts to working in the photo department and I love it. Sure, it’s retail, but I get to work on a lot of projects and with some really great people. I’m very blessed.
My roommate, Soozi has been out of work for almost a year. I praise God that I’ve been able to support us on my Walgreens income. Thankfully neither of us has credit card debt and both of our cars are paid off. We do not live lavishly, and due to car problems that I cannot afford to fix, our world has become very small indeed.
I work about 5 minutes from our apartment in one direction and we belong to Sojourn Church which is about 5 minutes in the other direction. We occasionally attend the Messianic Temple on Saturdays and thoroughly enjoy that. We also visit the library and our entertainment is via Netflix.
On rare occasions we go to our favorite mall, Stonebriar just to window shop. Since it’s not that far from my brother’s house in Allen we will sometimes stop in there to say hello.
My joys this year have been my friends, old and new, and learning to be creative in cooking. We’ve learned to combine certain things to make a really good chili, honey plum chicken, and mandarin fish. None of these recipes is low cal so I don't recommend them for SP. However, I have managed to give up the ice cream addiction, which was HUGE for me, and I'm on a "40 day fast" from chips of all kinds. Finding healthy alternatives has been challenging, especially when on a limited income.
I wrote this letter two days ago and yesterday my boss called and asked me to go back to overnights until he can find a replacement. Of course I said yes--it's not often the district manager will call and ask you for a favor. But, this means working 10pm to 8am 8 days in a row again which wore me out the last time. I just hope I can do well.