Thank you, Lord, for shatterproof ornaments!
If I were to take a picture of our tree right now, the bottom half would look strangely bare.
Hmmm....I wonder how that could happen? I'm sure two little curious pairs of hands have nothing at all to do with it. To be perfectly honest, though, it really is my fault. I just couldn't bear forcing them not to touch the tree, they've been so mesmerized and enthralled by all the glimmer and glitz. They (Astair espescially) are very fascinated with the shiny balls and just had to test them to see if they bounced. And that's when I realized that not all shatterproof ornaments are created equal. Nope. Some shatter into a million little pieces. I'm pretty sure all of those are now swept into the trash!
Okay, you know me, I have to put a little spin on this.
Lately, I've been feeling like one of those fragile glass ornaments that look as though they might shatter at the slightest stirring. On Monday I learned that my hubby had to go out of town for work for two weeks before Christmas and another week after and had to leave that very afternoon. I cried a river that threatened to flood our house. Not for the first time, a long trip home to see my parents was sounding like a pretty good idea. Just the thought of being so completely and utterly alone was sending me into panic mode. It's true that I'm alone for the most part of the day as it is, but the knowledge that daddy is coming home for supper adds an air of much needed anticipation. Relief is coming! Adult conversation and companionship is coming! The kids will have a new target to pounce on! The exhausting duty of correcting and disciplining, loving and encouraging will now be shared by four shoulders instead of my weary two.
Well, here we are at the end of the week. It's been a tough one, I will not lie. I've been exhausted and I've been short-tempered. But God has reminded me that He is with me. I can start over again tomorrow and maybe this time I will learn to live on His strength and not my own. While still feeling a little fragile, I'm convinced that God will help me bounce.
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8