Learning to be real – it’s not always pretty…
Sometimes I look at those cards. You know the pretty ones with the happy families on the front? My life just doesn’t look like that. No snowmen – it’s like 55 today in WI. No sleigh rides, no happy horses. Where do they get these ideas? Who really lives like that anyway?
Maybe I should start my own card line. Ones for real life.
10 Funny Ideas for Real Life Christmas Cards:
Let’s have multiple Christmases this year to make sure everyone can come. Yeah, splitting time with the ex’s just makes the Holiday more Merry!
Do I really have to buy a present for the ex from the kids? Does it have to be nice?
Another Holiday? Another family fight? Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Spiked punch or unspiked? Silver bells, silver bells…
Bills or presents – that is the question!
Are you coming unglued? Yes, me too – let’s try some tape.
I can’t believe I forgot to buy a present for…let me go find something quick.
Am I a Redneck if I re-gift things I didn’t use from last year?
Where’s that darn tape again? Ugggh!
If I hear one more Christmas Carol I am going to lose my mind. Oh yeah, I think I already wrapped that up!
Here’s to the rest of us – with a bit of humor thrown in to keep our sanity! Don’t worry – God knows us and loves us, humor and all. Think of the big job He has with all his kiddos. Now that is a handful! God bless us everyone!
(All images from Pinterest. Maxine Cartoons are by Maxine.com)
“Hope from real people”. That was one of the searches that led someone to my blog. What makes us real? I remember the Velveteen Rabbit.
What makes us real?
Is it the “crap” we have been through?
Do trials and tribulations make us real?
The fact that we are still here and among the land of the living – that is a testimony in itself isn’t it?
Seriously. I know there is a God, because I am still among the land of the living!
TEARS MAKE US REAL!
GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:
[A Psalm] of David.
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.
And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy and be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].
Hide not Your face from me; turn not Your servant away in anger, You Who have been my help! Cast me not off, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!
Although my father and my mother have forsaken me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as His child].
Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain and even path because of my enemies [those who lie in wait for me].
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me; they breathe out cruelty and violence.
[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. (Psalm 27:1-14 AMP)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
We put down our “masks”. We want to be “real” with You and with our brothers and sisters. Enough of the charades. Enough of the play. We all have good things and bad things about us. But with Your love and strength we have made it. Our tears make us REAL! Let us love each other with grace and mercy and help each other along this journey called life, in Jesus Name.