Today I had to go to Walmart.
Walmart isn’t exactly my favorite place to shop and I usually avoid Walmart if at all possible. Today I had no other options but to go to Walmart because I really needed white Kit Kat bars for a candy bar house that I am going to make for my grand kids for Christmas. This past week I visited just about every store in my town in search of the white Kit Kats but nobody had them and as you probably already know…Walmart has just about everything.
Before I go any farther let me assure you this is not a Walmart bashing blog post. I have nothing against Walmart other than it is a huge store and if I go in for only one thing I still seem to somehow get sucked in for longer than expected and I usually come out with a whole lot more than I went in for. Also in my town Walmart is always really crowded so I also always feel very stressed out after I leave there.
This morning I made the decision that if I was going to make the candy bar house for the grand kids and have it come out looking like it was supposed to look, then I had no other option except to face the fact that I was going to have to go to Walmart and today was the day!
As I drove to the store I came up with a plan of action for a quick enter and exit.
The plan was… I would go into the store and only travel the front isle of the store as I checked all of the pay lanes for the candy bars, hopefully find them, and then get out quickly!
I’m sure you already know…. my plan did not go as planned.
Upon entering the store I noticed right away that they had put a bunch of isles full of Christmas stuff right by the door. I am not really sure how it happened but the next thing I knew it was like a vacuum had sucked me in and a full hour and a half had gone by before I finally exited the store with a whole cart full of stuff!
Yes I was a little stressed from the crowd, but I did get my Christmas shopping closer to being finished, and YES I did get my white Kit Kat bars!
Did you know there are only 12 more shopping days left until it is Christmas?
Since I am talking about Christmas shopping today, I also want to talk about why we have Christmas in the first place.
Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. He was God’s gift sent to save us. His gift is free to anyone who wants to accept it.
Personally I am forever grateful for His amazing gift and my life will be forever changed because of it.
Something I notice though is that in all of the rush of things we do in preparation of the Christmas holiday, Jesus sometimes seems to get pushed to the back when he was actually the whole reason for the holiday in the first place.
Why if Jesus is the reason for the season is everyone so stressed out and cranky?? Why are we spending all our time trying to find someone the perfect gift when God already gave us the perfect gift???
This brings me to today’s Music Monday song “Give this Christmas Away” by Matthew West and Amy Grant.
As you all know children are near and dear to my heart, and especially those who live in extreme poverty. The words to this song along with seeing the children in the video receiving shoeboxes full of gifts just warms my heart. These shoeboxes are packed through a ministry called Operation Christmas Child by people all around the world and given out by the hands of the local churches. Along with each shoebox full of gifts every single child also receives the ‘The Greatest Journey’ which is a Bible study program that teaches them about what it means to faithfully follow Jesus Christ. The children who receive these boxes are given the hope that only Jesus can give.
In celebration of Jesus’ birthday for the next 12 days I am going to post a link that will give you opportunity to shop for some very special gifts for some very special people.
Today’s link will take you to build your own shoebox gift through Operation Christmas Child‘s online shoebox builder. All you have to do is click the link, then build your shoebox, and Samaritan’s Purse will deliver it for you.
Like the words to the song say:
What if I told you?
You have the power
To give someone hope far beyond their wildest dreams
What if I told you it’s right there in your hands?
In your hands
It’s hard to imagine
How something so small
Can make all the difference
Tear down the tallest wall
What if December looked different this year?
What if we all just give this Christmas away? Words by Matthew West
Have a great day!
If you would like to join me in giving Christmas away for the next 12 days just write your own post about giving Christmas away and then add your link to the link up below. Also be sure to post the link up on your blog.