Nov 22 2011

Get Out of Jail Free Card

They say there’s “no place like home.”  Maybe that’s the way you feel and you can’t wait to get there for Thanksgiving.  Or maybe you’re nervous about going home.

There’s no one who knows you better than your family. That can be a good thing, and then it can be a tough thing because they know it all…the successes and the failures. 

Read this from the Daily Word today and it encouraged me: 

“Whatever the current dynamic in your family…remain open and willing to love unconditionally.  If there is disharmony or strife, bring those concerns to prayer.  Acknowledge your own role and has for God’s help to guide you.  Act in wise ways with love and understanding. 

Even when you don’t understand everyone’s actions or attitudes, you can see your family as children of God, expressions of God’s love.”

So whether it’s something you’ve done and you’re nervous to face your family, or maybe someone has done something to you and you haven’t been able to let it go. 

Maybe this year you can let it go.  God does for you and for them. 

Sit down and play monopoly together and give everyone a “Get out of Jail Free” card.

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11/22/2011 8:44:12 AM
Margaret United States
I like that.
11/22/2011 9:19:36 AM
Sidney Clark United States
Sidney Clark
I couldn't agree with more with your blog today.  I struggle with this on a regular basis with one particular family member, and I continue to ask God for the patience and understanding.  We have our good moments and our bad. I continue to work towards a point in time where most of them become good.
11/22/2011 9:59:42 AM
Cyndee United States
This is a late comment to your weekend coming up without your kids.  I became a widow 3 1/2 years ago at the age of 49.  I had one son living at home that was getting married in a few months.  The first week after he was married, I thought I would go out of my mind.  It was hard with the love of my life in Heaven, but having someone to come home to made it bearable.  When he was gone, however, it was amplified even more.  Finally after 4 more months, I got a little dog, Amos, who saved my life.  God was with me all those moments I cried, but that little dog gave me someone to hold and come home to.

I go to the movies by myself all the time now (matinees only)and have gone out to dinner at a few select places where I can blend in. I have taken 5 or 6 trips alone and travel out of town to visit family by myself.  I, too, have the TV on all the time and often leave it on when I run to the store so I don't come home to silence.  I used to relish the quiet, but no longer.

This is only a weekend alone and your little ones are coming home in a few days. Use this time to do your Christmas decorating.  The kids will come home and their house transformed.

God Bless You...I've been praying for your weekend to be full of wonderful experiences.

11/22/2011 10:05:05 AM
JRoAnne Bergman United States
JRoAnne Bergman
How I would love to get one! My middle daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her colon, liver and lung. They moved to CA and she had estranged herself from me about 17 years ago. WE have had some contact through the net and mail but I have no clue if I'd even be welcome if I went to see her, probably not.
This is my first holidays without my husband. Last year he was home for Thanksgiving but in hosp Christmas and New Years, went back in Valentines and died 10 days later. I'll stay home alone with my 2 little loving dogs. I know God will get me through this and I have a great church family also. K-Love has been so important to me. AND I find myself waking up in the morning with K-Love melodies in my head. Not always words but the songs... Thank you so much! My granddaughter and her husband just split up and those 2 little kids are so lost. Amanda you know how it feels, as do I. I had 2 year old twins and a brand new baby when my first husband left me. God Bless you all and thank you for being there for me.... hugs, RO
11/22/2011 12:32:27 PM
Michael Augsburger United States
Michael Augsburger
This is a deja vu Thanksgiving for me as this is another Thanksgiving spent alone after a marriage ends for me.  I have decided that I will make the best of this time to get closer to my Heavenly Father.  I still have a lot to be thankful for in spite of the circumstances this year.
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