It’s amazing the difference a year can make–or two or three years. Back in 2012, a week before Christmas, we had to say goodbye to our beloved Kita, our 12 1/2-year-old black lab. She had a cancerous tumor and numerous age-related issues. We finally realized it was selfish to keep her around for our sake; she was suffering and we had to let her go. It seems like every Christmas season since then has been difficult for one reason or another, and we really didn’t look forward to it as much as we used to.
This year, overall, has been much better in many ways. Both hubby Dave and I have consistent work, so finances are better. Although we lost our oldest cat last month, we gained three more little kittens, and they are bringing so much joy into our lives. I’ve recovered from surgery and I’m just feeling more “in the spirit” of the season. I am decorating, wrapping presents, working on projects, and really looking forward to getting together with family for Christmas.
So onto today’s devotional thought…
“Someone once said,
‘Worry is interest paid on trouble
before trouble falls due.’
Trying to solve tomorrow’s problems today
only steals the energy God has prearranged for you
to enjoy today.
Don’t waste your time worrying!
It is vain and useless.
Many of our worries are unfounded and unnecessary.
Worry is the end of faith,
and faith is the end of worry.
Prayer must replace our worry.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
I have noticed the truth of this; worrying drains our energy! My favorite line in this devotional is this one: “Worry is the end of faith, and faith is the end of worry.” I definitely prefer to choose faith over worry!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
If you celebrate the holidays this month, how is it going? What do you think of this devotional? Do you agree that worry is draining, while faith is invigorating?
Happy Holidays from Dave and me, and our fur babies!