I'm so excited about my very first post here at GTPF.....and have no idea what to post!! I'm very thankful for friends in this group that make me feel so loved and welcomed....and have helped me tremendously through inspiration and guidance and teaching me how to blog!! As I was sitting here wondering and praying what to post today, a dear friend of mine sent me a email and I thought, "Thank you God. This is exactly what I want to say". So, I'm passing this along to each of you. Thanks Brenda Jackson....hope you won't mind if I stole this :)
If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,
Strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
But do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
Preparing gourmet meals
And arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,
But do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home
And give all that I have to charity,
But do not show love to my family, It profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes,
Attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata,
But do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated
Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way,
But is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return,
But rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things,
Hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost,
Golf clubs will rust ... But giving the gift of love will endure.
You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!