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  • Writer's pictureKristina Riggs

The Last Big Event of the Year

I made it and I even surprised myself. I completed the last big event of the year with my church. This is the second year in a row that we have held a large community event to celebrate Jesus's birth. Everyone from the community is invited, we put hours upon hours of our blood, sweat, and tears into it; and now it is over. It was such a success and my eyes. For so many reasons.

The verses that I have been going over in my head thoroughly these past few days have been from the book of James. It is actually James 1:2 – 12 to be precise. This is where they speak of trials and temptations in the Bible. And, there were a lot of trials with this event. Not so much with the church, just with me. Anybody that reads my blog knows that I battle my own demons. And biblically, I am trying to heal those. And so far so good.

Anything that involves Christmas is hard for me because Christmas was always hard for me. I never enjoyed it as a child, as a teenager, and as a young adult, it was even worse. I only started enjoying Christmas once I had my son and I was able to celebrate it for him. I didn't want to have anything to do with it. This year was so much different though.

This year my son is happily married to a wonderful woman and they both are enjoying very successful careers. My husband and I are doing great in our relationship. Not to mention the fact that my husband participated in the event this year, wholeheartedly. He even dressed up! Anyone that knows my husband knows this is completely out of his character. I know why he did it. And truly, he knows why he did it. The reason doesn't need to be publicized all of it anyone needs to know is that everyone involved had a great time.

However, these verses in the book of James kept running through my mind. Especially verse 12, "Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.". This verse kept turning its way through my mind over and over. Because it is so true.

There are so many promises that are made to us if only we love Jesus and we accept him into our lives. I feel the shift in my home. I feel that Jesus is taking a higher stake in my home than ever before. I feel the willingness and openness to share devotionals on verses. See all of these changes for the good. Please remember people that not everything has to be surrounded by a dollar sign. That is not what is making anyone happy and more. I wake up in the morning with a smile on my face, work all day, and come home still smiling. Because I know that I am loved beyond belief.

I am no preacher and I am not going to get up on the pulpit. I just want you all to know that I have only been going through this experiment for a few months now and I have noticed the difference. I have noticed the difference between relying on scripture to help control my anxiety. I had several doubts in my mind that I was going to be able to get through that day, but I did. And I know that I did because of God's word and because I believe it.

I guess we will see what next week brings :-)

Love Y'all, Until Next Time!


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