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Christmas is a great time to reflect on God’s blessings last year

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:20 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

I’ll be honest, when writing my editorial this week, I thought I would focus the piece on the recent suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
Ever since A&E’s announcement, social media has been buzzing with those for and against the suspension, offering their own opinions regarding the situation.
But after I found myself getting caught up in several Facebook conversations regarding the matter, I finally said enough is enough.
It’s Christmas!!!
God has blessed me too much this year to not make the use of this time to reflect on His blessings.
When we put our tree up before Thanksgiving (yes we were one of those people), I was holding my 9 lb. baby girl near the Christmas tree my boys had just helped us decorate.
I took some time to dance with her near the tree and couldn’t help but get emotional…My baby girl, Lord willing, will be with us for her first Christmas this year.
After spending two months in the NICU and being born three months early while weighing under 3 lbs, my wife and I didn’t know what this Christmas could possibly look like.
Now I can take time to think about how God has molded my girl’s little body and she continues to do well.
I think about my wife and all of the complications she had in the hospital. There were times early on in our emergency rush to the hospital that I knew there was nothing I could do but lay everything in God’s hands.
Months later, my wife is doing well and is busier than she’s ever been before.
My wife and I have also had the blessing of being foster parents. And as I’ve said before, there is a great need for kids needing loving homes. I strongly encourage readers to pray about how their family might be able to help in meeting the need.
The two years of experience has been such a blessing. I’m limited on how much I can say here, but please note that my wife and I have enjoyed the experience.
Then comes my two boys. I’m excited to see how much they’ve grown as young men this past year. One of them was saved and baptized at our church. The other has such a sweet and tender heart and I just love watching him interact with our baby girl.
You’re probably a little tired now of reading about our family and I don’t blame you.
That being said, I encourage all of our readers to take time to reflect on this past year. All of us have had our ups and downs. But even through whatever muddled mess you’ve went through, I’m sure you can find many bright spots.
Reflect on those this Christmas. Also be sure to be thankful for the many things we take for granted (i.e. shelter, food, clothes, etc.) In this stressful world, we have many things that might get us down (i.e. lack of money, job, family, broken down car, etc.)
In most cases, these are things we can’t control.
I encourage all of our readers to do their best to overcome tough situations.
We shouldn’t let them overshadow who we personally have become. I personally believe God has a special plan for each of our lives. It’s our job to seek Him to find out what it might be.