Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it can only mean one thing: it is officially Christmastime! So while you are spending the upcoming weeks feverishly getting your tree, putting up all the decorations, and buying gifts for your family and friends, there is one element to get you in the Christmas sprit that cannot be left out—listening to all the best Christmas music. Whether you are walking outside in the cold weather or sitting at home by the fireplace, putting on some Christmas music will automatically give you that special feeling that only Christmastime can bring. Here are all the songs you need for the perfect Christmas playlist:
When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.
Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.
Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.
Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.
The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.
Thank you for showing me how to love.
From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.
Thank you for making me strong.
Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.
Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.
I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.
Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.
Every Easter there is always a flood of posts on social media, and every post has a similar caption: "He is risen!" And indeed He is.
Not that there is anything wrong with these posts. It's nice to see everyone in their "Sunday best." However, my question is why do we make Easter a one-day ordeal? We should be celebrating the resurrection and life of our Savior every day, not just one day a year.
Jesus's death on the cross is worth so much more than one day. He is deserving of far greater.
So often, we let ourselves be consumed by life and all our problems that we get distracted. We let ourselves forget the work that Jesus did on the cross.
Yet, this should not be our reality because Jesus won.
Jesus won. He defeated the grave. Let that sink in, because all too frequently I feel like this falls deaf to our ears and hearts.
Understanding that Jesus conquered death and has already won the battle for the world (John 16:33) should give us peace.
Having this knowledge should help us to say, "I see these things that I can't fix. But Jesus has conquered death, and everything else is taken care of."
Celebrate who Jesus is and what He has done every day, not just on Easter.
Lord, thank you that I can celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ every single day. Thank you that Easter is so much bigger and far better than just a holiday. You have defeated death, so now I can rest in that truth--knowing that you will take care of even the most minuscule details of my life. You hold today, tomorrow, and forever. Thank you that I can celebrate who you are and what you've done from now until eternity.