It’s Christmas Time! – Angenita Williams-Childs

“Silver Bells, Silver Bells, It’s Christmas time in the city!”

For the past few years, it hasn’t felt like Christmas in my heart. I was down and out. I was extremely sad, and I couldn’t get into the holiday spirit. No matter how I tried, I just couldn’t, not even for my kids. I smiled, and put on a front, but in my heart, it was just another time of year that brought along my least favorite season, winter. The chill inside of me was just as cold, if not colder, than the weather. But this year, I’m warm…and the spirit of the season is in me.

I’ve been blessed beyond belief at this point. Things are turning out just like God planned them to, and although I felt like I wanted them to go one way, the way that He turned them worked out to be the best thing for me. I have to remember to leave things in His hands. I may not go to church everyday or week, I may not read the Bible front to back, and I can’t recite verses at a drop of a hat. But what I do know, and understand is that no matter what your circumstance, never give up hope. Never give up your faith. Continuous prayer and praise have become a staple in my day. I thank Him for everything He’s done for me.

I attribute this new feeling to my faith. Years ago, I didn’t have it. I felt as if the world was on my shoulders, and nothing would get it off them. Now I realize this is more than me…and I love it!

Merry Christmas, and remember that Christ is the reason for the season!

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