Toys Not Included . . .
"I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included." Bernard Manning
This was the title and theme of my December newsletter. I had an immediately email from Dawn Waters Baker, a fellow Texas painter that said,
"I know it's crazy at Christmas but this was a nice reminder how God has us. May you have a lovely Christmas Laurie. Thank you for serving others in any way God leads you. Bless you and may your days be filled with songs!"
It made me look. It made me look at what I had written because I truly did not remember how 'Godly' the monthly newsletter was at all. Is that sad? I know it was done in a hurry like everything else is done in December, IN FACT... I am watching an auction on ebay in the last seven minutes of ending while typing this. OH that is really sad. :(
Then I started to think about it differently. I climbed out of the Studio Box I live in, and looked at the words, "Toys not included." While God does give us the 'batteries' for life, he does not include the toys. Our battery power is His constant LOVE. He is our eternal provider, always supplying what we need before we realize we need it. He does not include a promise to provide the newest car, home or playthings...but he does promise to provide everything we need. His word guides us through life, but His love gives us the power to continually move forward in faith that He will provide.
I am back, OH I left a few moments. I won the auction. Happy Dance, as it is a beautiful antique quilt with shades of pink tulips and green stems and leaves. Estimated about 1945 to 1950 era. Every Christmas Terry lets me gaze starry eyed and lovingly on ebay to find a quilt. I have always chosen well and now have quilts that were all hand quilted by loving women across the US from about 1930 and up.
So my Christmas Quilt is on it's way to its new home. Cookies will be made this week and I am still debating those old Christmas cards. Do you still send them? I think I will take the money I spend on cards, postage and that yearly newsletter and donate it to the angel tree.
Ephesians 2:4-5 "But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—"
Postnote: This blog was written a few days prior to Sunday. I like to keep my weekends to be off the computer and with my family in person without my phone.