December, Christmas, Family, No Family, Joy, Anger, Loneliness, Chaos...which one of these describes your situation right now?  I Thessalonians 5:18 states "In everything give thanks!" 

Christmas can be a time of sadness and loneliness even when you are surrounded by family, friends, or 'singers' who come once a year to carol.   It can be hard to 'find yourself' when family comes in and takes over for you the 'primary caregiver'.  It is during this time of change we have a choice to make:  Enjoy the break, or be upset because they are not doing it 'my' way.  James 1:2-4 "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience."  Christmas and all that goes with it is sometimes a trial.  What can we do with the trial?  Count it all joy and ask ourselves: "In light of eternity, what does it matter?"  

I see the silver and gold decorations on the Christmas tree (yes, I had my niece and nephews decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving) and I am reminded of Psalm 66:10 "For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined." and Job 23:10, "But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold".  I want to be as shiny as the gold and silver ornaments on my tree and reflect God in all I do this season.    

y prayer for all caregivers as we end another year - some of us have finished our course for now - others are just beginning - may we rest in the promise that God knows our frame and He will sustain us!  Let us again desire to:  "Focus not on our circumstances, but rather focus on the God of our circumstances”.