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no holding back good things

"No, don't climb up there" I said to my rather clumsy two-year-old as I dig through the tailgate section of the van to grab my laptop. I am feeling proud that I even made it to the gym and even more pleased that I am going to take my laptop and blog as well! The determined, headstrong toddler continues to climb as I see out of my peripheral vision, to which I told her several more times not to climb. As I grab my computer bag, the determined one attempts to crawl out, gets a leg caught underneath her, falls on her face on the pavement and knocks the one-year-old bystander sister down in the process. I hold my breath, prepared for the worst, and yes, I saw it - the blood. Yep, she busted her face on the pavement. We quickly sit back down in the van so I can dab that up. Fortunately, it was a quick recovery and we can move inside. Whew. I feel torn between being frustrated she hurt herself and sorry for her wound and the tears. I never want pain for her but it could have been avoided if she had followed directions. I get frustrated because I love her enough to warn her and sometimes she makes choices that ignore what loving wisdom I gave her.

On a spiritual level, we often ignore what our loving Savior has to say. He gives us many warnings in His Word and, because we have the Holy Spirit in us as Christians, we have the ability to sense right from wrong as He guides us daily. He instructs us on how to live, but often we want to do what we want and will rationalize our behavior to justify our actions. From experience, let me just say, that never turns out well. He gives us clear outlines for our best. He is a loving God Who wants the best for His children. I often am sad when my girls ruin fun plans we have for them. We recently visited the Disney store and because we love to see joy on their faces, my husband and I were going to let them pick out a princess stuffed doll (that was on sale, of course). I got on the floor with them to help them look, but meltdowns for both happened, including the screaming, the wallowing all over the floor. After it got embarassing, we decided to make a run for the exit, so they ended up not leaving with a treat. We were truly saddened that we could not give them the special gift because we love them that much!

At this time of year, we remember the love God sent through His Son, Jesus, many years ago. He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He loves you even more than your earthly parents ever could. He loves you more than you can ever know. I do not understand the extent but I choose to believe it. I think my message for you, friends, today is that He is the ultimate loving Father and we get to celebrate that love this time of year. Not everyone was blessed with a loving Father. Some of you may not have had an earthly dad in your life at all. Some of you may have a father in your house, but was not a daddy to you. Let Him be your Daddy.

One of my favorite verses I want to leave with you today is "He holds nothing good back from those who walk in the way that is right" (Psalm 84:11). What precious knowledge to keep in mind! I want to hang onto that when I am stressed out or I am having a crazy day and we cannot even walk into the gym without having to call an ambulance. Just kidding about that, ok, it was not really that bad. Love you all! Merry Christmas! Talk to you soon!

Love,

Charis

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