I must say that the fall is one of my favorite seasons. The leaves have turned and are now falling. The wind is becoming stronger and filled with icy chills. Starbucks has the ultimate holiday treat, the Pumpkin Spice Latte’. And Hallmark channel is now playing Holiday movies all day long. I mean really, who doesn’t love a holiday love story? Although, the fall ushers in the end of a year; it also represents a special season filled with love, hope, gratitude, and expectancy for the future.
Many of us use this time to spend with our families and friends having dinners, parties, and just sharing with one another. With my family the holidays are a really big deal. My mom especially loves this time of year. As soon as Hobby Lobby puts out their Christmas décor (which is July, LOL) she takes out her gift wrapping table and begins to wrap away. In her defense, I must say that we do have a pretty large family. But it doesn’t stop there she actually puts up 7 trees, yes you read right 7 fully decorated trees. There is Christmas in every area of my family home. Like most parents my mom showers us with love throughout the year, but during this time she goes over the top. One of our family traditions is that we all come together on Christmas Eve and spend the night at my parent’s home. We cook, eat, laugh and watch movies until we all fall asleep.
Another tradition I have with my boys, is that we always watch the Grinch that Stole Christmas, drink hot cocoa, and eat sugar cookies before we go to bed. Although, they love the story of the Grinch, they also understand that Christmas is more than a story written by Dr. Seuss. It’s about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You see, although the Grinch that Stole Christmas is a fictional story, there is a real Grinch named the devil. The Bible tells us in John 10:10, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. He will do anything to keep our focus off of the true meaning of this Holiday season, which is Jesus Christ. At a time when we should be filled with laughter, hope, and a heart of giving, he attacks with depression, fear, and financial strain.
As I lay in my bed one evening looking over my boys Christmas list, I just began to pray. To be honest I began to complain. God, how am I supposed to do this? I’m a single mom with two kids, they have sports fees, tuition, space camp, and both babies need new shoes. Just that fast I had lost focused on what this season was truly about. I took my eyes off of Him and put them on my financial situation. I had one choice to make, I could continue you to cry about what I didn’t have or I could clap back at the devil and begin to thank God for what I do have. Yes, the scripture say that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy but it also says that my Savior has come that I may have abundant life. And that’s in every area of my life. So, I decided I wasn’t going to let the devil steal my joy or my peace. I had to tell myself, girl you been single for three years now, and your kids have lacked nor wanted for anything so what would make me think they would start now? Even when I thought there was no way, my God has made a way. And my bible tells me that He is a God that changes not. So I made the decision to turn my confession around and put my focus on the one who has never failed me.
During this time I really want to challenge you to stay focused on the true meaning of this season. Whatever you’re facing today, choose to clap back at the devil. He can’t take your joy, peace, or your life unless you let him. In the famous words of my mother, Dr. Jennifer Johnson, “Devil I won’t let you kill me”. Its clap back season!