Leading up to Christmas can be stressful.
One thing is for sure. I am so very grateful that I shop all year, for I truly cannot stand the hustle and bustle that precedes Christmas! The crowds, parking problems, etc. do nothing for me.
On Sunday, after celebrating P's birthday, together we had to go to a store at the mall. The parking situation made me wonder if we would find a space, so I prayed about it, as we were lined up about to enter the parking area.
God answered my prayer! Praise God! Thank You, Jesus! There it was...the ONLY parking spot available and it was right in my eyesight as we approached the entrance. It sure made me happy!
The crowds inside almost bowled me over. Not to mention, that employees working there must have been hired for Christmas help only, for no one seemed to know where we should go to find the item we were looking for, for P.
Eventually, we found that there weren't any of the items like the one P wanted, so off we went. It didn't take long to realize it would be more difficult leaving the mall, than it was to enter it!
Car after car, after car, pulled up behind me, to stop and wait for an opening to the main aisle leading to the mall's exit. After a several cars, all of whom I am sure saw my back-up lights on, I actually honked my horn. Eventually, only after traffic finally cleared, did I manage to back out and follow the rest of the traffic out of the mall.
And, you wonder why I hate going to any mall at this time of year! Oh well, forgive me Lord, if I wasn't as patient as I should have been.
Monday was filled with shopping for groceries, but not for gifts, thankfully.
In the evening, I met with past clients who are also future clients. We've become friends over the years. Hopefully, they enjoyed our time together, as much as I did.
Tuesday, happy that Christmas shopping, etc. was done, I attended a planning meeting at church for the 50+ group, along with several of my friends. Again, this was truly a pleasure.
In the evening, I baked and iced 80 cupcakes! Although two (2) of them got damaged, when I dropped them. No, I wasn't hungry. lol I was preparing dessert for Wednesday!
Pastor B, from the small church group I attend from time to time, had invited me to join his group for a Christmas dinner. I had agreed to join them and bring dessert. Hence, the 78 cupcakes I took with me!
Prior to having dinner, we all answered a Biblical quiz. I felt so badly about winning the quiz, that I actually gave Pastor B back the gift he offered me, to use for another occasion. It was fun!
Dinner was delicious! Ham, potatoes, yams, beans, corn, buns, etc. Mmmm...good! Followed by the cupcakes for dessert.
Afterwards, Pastor B once again put me on the spot, by asking me to lead music. Do I mind, really? No. Although it would be nice to be prepared in advance. Hmmm... I think in the future, I will have to prepare myself, just in case! :-))
All in all, I believe a good time was had by everyone. May God bless you richly, Pastor B, for reaching out to those in this poor community.
Afterwards, I rushed over to my friend M's home. She's getting married in May; I'll be singing at her wedding. I thought I was supposed to meet with M and some of her female friends, to make favours, etc.
M had decided to make favours on the 28th, planning instead to have everyone who would be participating in the wedding, meet each other, at this evening's gathering. Nice idea! We sat around her diningroom table chatting, enjoying fellowship and snacking as desired.
One thing I can say for sure, is that God has made sure I haven't had time to be bored and/or feeling alone, as so many do at this time of year. I've just been worn out!
Father, You alone know the plans You have for each of us, plans to prosper us, Your children...and not harm us, to give us hope and a future. Father, I pray in a special way for each person who is alone at this time of year. It can not only be a lonely time, but for those who feel lonely, even among groups of people, it can be a depressing time. Father, lift each of Your children up, encourage them, provide for them, be all they need at this time of year. I thank You for this and pray this in Jesus' precious name. Amen.
Until next time...
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