The Reason for the Season

It’s Christmas time again and we will be celebrating another Christmas in our RV. Last year, it was due to Hurricane Harvey and the fact that our house had flooded and was being remodeled. This year it is because we sold our house and had three weeks between the sale of our house and purchase of a new house. Though we had hoped and prayed that we would be in our new house for Christmas, circumstances are not making that possible.

Last year, we had decorated the RV for Christmas because we knew we were spending Christmas in the RV and wanted our “home” to look festive for the holidays. We even bought a tabletop Norfolk pine with decorations to complete the look. We still have the Norfolk pine; it fared well this year and I managed to keep it alive. Now to get some mini decorations to fancy it up and we will have ourselves a Christmas tree.

Because of the temporary nature of our stay in the RV this time, it hasn’t quite seemed like Christmas because we don’t have any decorations up or even a tree. However, this calls us to remember what Christmas is all about. It’s about a baby born in a manger who came to save us from our sins. I am looking forward to the Christmas Eve service at our church and the Bible readings that detail Jesus’ birth. I am also looking forward to our Christmas morning tradition where my husband reads the account of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke in the Bible.

This year my focus is being drawn to the true reason for the season. The Christmas lights and decorations are nice and do make the holidays more festive, but without the baby in a manger it would just be another holiday.

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Following My Dream to Write

Recently, God has put it on my heart to write. It first started when I began this blog. Though blogging is fulfilling part of my dream, it has always been my dream to write and get paid for it. When I graduated high school, I thought about becoming a journalist. I don’t remember why I didn’t pursue becoming a journalist at the time, but God has laid that dream back in my lap and is calling me to pursue it at this time. I have taken a leap of faith and am working towards getting paid for my writing. It will be a side job to my full-time job, but it will still bring in some income and help fulfill my dream of writing. Maybe one day I might even write a book!

Living in the In-Between

For the past month (or so) we had packed (and packed and packed and packed) until the time finally came for us to move out of our home into our 35 foot travel trailer. Yep! We living large in our RV. Again.  This time it is temporary though. We know the end date for getting out of tight quarters so it makes each day less stressful. That’s not to say the first few days were crazy stressful. We had meltdowns of epic proportions (I’m not proud to say I was included as a participant.) We had drama over what was where. We had lots of frustrations over too much stuff in too little space.

Yet, here we are, three days after closing on the sale of our home, and we are settling into more of a routine and it’s just been a week in the RV. We’ve been living in it for one week and have cleared a lot of the excess stuff into the hidden storage in the RV. We’ve also fallen back into the routine that living eight months in the RV will give you. The only difference this time is that we have added a cat, Buddy, to the mix this time. I have to say though, as crazy as it can be trying to keep him out of the dinner area while we are eating, he is very entertaining otherwise and very loving when needed. Buddy has become our therapy cat and he does an excellent job of destressing us as needed.

We have two more weeks in the RV and then we move into our next house, just in time for Christmas. I had to prayers surrounding this move – one was that we would not have to live in the RV and one was that we would be in the house for Christmas. God has his reasons for having us in the RV again. I’m just glad that we will be in our house for Christmas.

For I know that plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)