Well it’s Christmas Eve, I’ve been looking forward to the Celebrations we had planned for months and our little girls have been struck down with a horrible cold. We have been battling fevers, body aches and colds for 3 days now. Earlier today we made the decision to cancel the visiting we had planned with family members and to miss our Candle Church Service with much sadness. …this sadness and irritability set in for a bit then I acknowledged it and moved on.
Out came family time!! We have watched movies, cooked together, danced and cried. It’s been a wonderful Christmas Eve together after all. Amazing huh? duhhhh. God’s plans for our family were different than mine. He strikes again!
So I spoke for the first time in public this week at an open meeting. It was an honor to be asked and immediately after I was I began praying. I prayed that my nerves would go away and that I would be able to concentrate on the fact that it was God’s opportunity to touch other’s lives, not MY opportunity to sit in the spotlight. Seriously…I actually prayed that like a hundred times in the week before. I wasn’t praying for the words or the voice, simply to shut down my ego and just gave it to HIM.
My Mum came to this meeting (first one for her) and it was a trip to be telling it the way it was and see her. My sister was there (she ROCKS) my hubby and some other fantastic friends. I couldn’t believe how calm I was, I don’t really remember what I said but apparently it went well.
A very nice woman approached me after and introduced herself, saying how much I had impacted her. She appreciated meeting a woman who had thought she’d balanced the family responsibilities with drinking only to find she’d failed.
She rocked my world with her thanks! I gave a few people this blog and told them they could find many fantastic blogs by following my links.
Tonight will be spent watching the Passion of Christ as hubby and I have done for years but I have a feeling this year I’ll be seeing it in a new light. God has SAVED me from Hell on Earth as well as in the afterlife.