You may not think that lip balm is the stuff of miracle, but you would be wrong. I was getting ready to make my weekly trek to the farm where I buy raw milk and free range eggs, Beulah Land Jerseys. I had used the last of my lip balm that morning and couldn’t scrape any more out of the container. It is a special kind that protects me from the painful cracking that I had been prone to. I don’t like any of the products that are sold at our grocery store, but I hadn’t been able to make a special order online.
“How am I going to get some lip balm today?” I wondered to myself as I walked out the door, already feeling like my lips were getting dry!
I got to the farm and there was a display set up that was never there before. Raw honey and homemade lip balm! I was ready to write a check for the milk, eggs, and lip balm when I realized that all my checks had run out and I had forgotten to get new ones. Yet I found enough cash and coins to pay my bill exactly…and I almost NEVER carry cash.
A Christmas MIRACLE I tell you!!!
It is my tradition to shop at Community Aid before Christmas. I go on their half off day. This year I found this simple yet beautiful angel, other lovely decorations, a box of books for the children, four bags of stocking suffers, clothes for my baby girl, a purse and hat for me, plus a few other gifts.
ALL FOR LESS THAN $60! Another Christmas miracle!
Trying to make Christmas special for nine children is a challenge, especially when money is tight. The grandparents who live in Colorado decided to send us money to buy presents, rather than sending them all through the mail. Chris and I received the great joy of shopping for brand new toys and gifts for our children. I joked with Chris that we should save a little money to buy tickets to the new Star Wars movie, a Christmas gift to each other. We had so much fun shopping for the children that there was no money left.
A day later Chai came to me after school, very excited about something. It turns out that a local church wanted to bless some families in the area. Someone at Chai’s school had nominated our family.
“We got five $20 gift cards to Wal-Mart, Mom!” Chai told me.
I was considering what we needed the most and then I had an epiphany. Wal-Mart sells gift card to other places! So Chris and I went to Wal-Mart and bought a few little things for the house and…
A DATE NIGHT that is completely paid for. I am so excited to go eat a dinner that I don’t have to prepare or clean up, a leisurely dinner with no interruptions. I am beyond excited to see a movie in the theater, which happens less than once a year. The joyful anticipation of going out with my husband is such a gift.
A lovely Christmas miracle!
These are seemingly small things, but they remind me of how much God loves me. He cares about the little things and plans the working of the universe in advance to put these lovely circumstances into place.
Of course the real Christmas miracle is something that none of us can completely understand. That the Son of God, who had all power and all authority, limited himself to become one of the most vulnerable and powerless creatures on earth – a newborn human. He allowed himself to become totally dependent on his mother for the development and nourishment of every cell in his body. He placed his most precious life into the hands of his adopted father. He trusted him to protect and listen and guide. He put himself at the mercy of imperfect parents to provide all the love his ancient yet somehow brand-new heart craved.
I find my heart crying out, “Jesus, I am in awe of you! You are the miracle that I will never tire of, never get over, and never reach the end of!”
Merry Christmas to you all, and may you all feel the wonder of this miraculous season!