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Friday, December 19, 2008

What to Give

Last night we had our annual Johns Family Christmas.

The Johns family consists of Mom & Dad, three sons, three of the most wonderful daughter-in-laws (lol), eight grandkids (two of whom are married) and four great grandkids.

Four of the grandkids are the same ages so we always bring a gift for Tre’ and Shaina who are the ages of my kids Tyler and Chrissy. I am thankful that they more than cousins, they are really good friends.

But all week my son has stressed about the gift we got Tre’. Tyler was worried Tre’ would give him a really good present and the one we got him would not be equally matched in the “greatness department”.

See, my idea of a nice gift cost around $15. A good gift is $20 and a great gift is $25. Call me cheap but I got over having to purchase the “perfect” gift or an expensive gift a long time ago. It takes too much time, stress and anxiety and I found I am not a very nice person when I am stressed and anxious.

With all that said, I do have someone I want to give the best to… but there is no way to equally match back to God the gift He gave to me.

Although there is one thing I can do and you can do; God gave all He had to us, therefore our gift back to Him should be the giving all of ourselves; all our our hearts, minds, soul and strength.

God gave us the most extravagant gift heaven had to offer. He gave it lovingly and selflessly. No Christmas gift will ever top it.

So my prayer is not that I would stress out over matching God’s gift, but that I would just open my heart as Mary did, trust God as Mary did and simply say, “I am the Lord’s servant…” as Mary did.

So… what did Tre’ give Tyler? Would you believe the same thing Tyler gave Tre'! So when you see two teenagers walking around with the same UF hat on, it's probably them.

If you are still looking for a great and easy recipe for candy this season, tune in tomorrow.

Hope you are having a Merry Christmas!

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