Christmas (anytime) Blessing

My daughter, Cindy, called this morning to share what was impressed upon her this morning while reading her Bible. She was reading in Jude. The first question she asked was, “Do you ever feel like a failure?”

I said, “Much of the time.”
She continued to say what the reading in Jude meant to her. The realization that God doesn’t see all the negatives we see, but he sees us as good and loved and forgiven.

We discussed negative thought which is so prevalent within ourselves and in our culture according to news media, etc. Even when compliments are given, they’re often followed by, “Thank you, but…” and a negative follows.

As we talked she said that my books mean so much to her mother-in-law, who doesn’t attend church, which in turn influences her son (my daughter’s husband), my daughter’s son. On and on. My daughter thanked me for having taught her about Jesus.

She works as a nurse on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, so on Tuesdays she’s out-of-sorts because she doesn’t want to go, although she’s thankful, knows it’s a service, and appreciates the benefits to self, family, and others but doesn’t look forward to those two all-nighters and no sleep and then trying to get into routines again. She home-schools her son, and they have tennis tournaments almost every weekend, so hers is a busy sleepless life.

This Tuesday, her thirteen-year-old son said, “You seem a little depressed.”
She said, “Oh, it’s just that going to work thing. But I’m fine.”
He said, “I knew you weren’t feeling too good, so I’ve been praying for you.”
Now, that’s something from a teenage boy.
I told her that yes, he hears and notices her negativity, but he also notices her faith and she has taught him where to turn for life’s answers and that’s to Jesus.

What a blessing that our influence, although we may feel like failures, reaches out with the positive things we’ve said and done and touches other people’s lives.

What a Christmas (anytime) blessing.


About yvon63

Author of 59 novels and 10 nonfiction books. Director of Blue Ridge Christian "Autumn in the Mountains" Novelist Retreat held annually in October, in the panoramic mountains of western North Carolina.
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2 Responses to Christmas (anytime) Blessing

  1. Sarah Goebel says:

    Yvonne, that is beautiful!


  2. Susan Fryman says:

    Our daughter is also a nurse and struggles the same as your daughter. She has such strong faith and wants to make a difference. Periodically we have visits about the ordinary, daily stuff and I’m able to point out to her different ways she’s making a powerful witness. It’s so sad that in today’s world the focus is on the negative, the bad, the evil. If we all strived to be more like our Lord and find the good in folks or situations. Thank you for sharing this with me today. Blessings, Susan Fryman


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