My Double Portion
I’m an only child and an only grandchild, which means in my family, everything revolves around me. I know, I know, you’re shocked because I don’t come across as spoiled, but it’s true. Every birthday and holiday I send out the mass family text of when we are getting together and what everyone should bring, and that is just what we do. There’s always tons of good food, and laughing, and talking, and most of the time some singing. Ya’ll I ain’t bragging, but we can sing. I never realized the singing thing was cool because that’s all I ever knew, until Jon came to our Christmas for the first time and he was like “Is this for real? It’s like a freaking Hallmark movie.” That’s when I realized having a singing family was different and pretty dang awesome.
When we have a get together, we get the good out of it. I mean, it ain’t nothing for us to start at 2:00 and still be going strong at 7:00. We will actually eat the same food twice because we get re-hungry. Last week was Halloween and it was the same gig. I sent out the word to the family and a few friends and everybody piled in. Some of us were dressed in ridiculous costumes, but other than that it was our standard family event. Food, laughing, talking, singing. Late that night after cleaning up, I piled into my bed and started watching some videos we had made on my phone. I guess maybe it was like being on the outside looking in…. like I was a visitor in my own story, but as I watched that video I felt kinda surprised, and very, very blessed. You see, I’m a child of a “broken family”. My parents divorced when I was 12 and they both remarried, so now we have a “blended family”. What does that bring to your mind? Not a Hallmark movie I bet. You probably thought about 2 Christmases and a bunch of fussing and carrying on. However, as I sat there and watched that video, I saw my Mom and Dad singing together and making harmony with me. My step Dad played the piano for us. My step Mom used my phone to video the whole thing. You can hear her laughing and clapping. Let that sink in for a minute. Family, ya’ll.
Don’t you dare use this blog to convince yourself that it’s a good idea to leave your husband. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why God has specific rules and standards for marriage and why divorce is bad. That’s a whole other blog entirely. Trust me when I say, we have paid a price and we have our scars. What I am trying to say here, is that God is the God of restoration. Job 42:10 says “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall posses a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” Turns out restoration is God’s specialty. So much so He gave His only Son, to restore our relationship with Him.
Thanksgiving will be here soon and it’s not the holidays unless somebody cries. Hey, nobodies family is perfect, including mine, but no matter how jacked up your family situation is just remember, God wants to restore what has been lost. He even wants to give back a double portion! Yep. Divorce wrecked our home. It sucked. However, he double blessed us with my step parents, and restored the family that was lost. It wasn’t easy, but nothing good ever is. This holiday season I’m praying for anyone reading this that has a bad family or friend situation, that it will be restored. Oh and listen ya’ll, being right all the time is highly overrated. Maybe it is time to just let it go for Pete’s sake. Sometimes giving in is more important than being right. Sometimes standing down, is better than standing your ground. You’re family is worth it. I promise.
P.S. Click Image 1542. I included a little video clip from our Halloween. I never dreamed I would post it on my blog, or I would have fussed over the sound and quality, but I think you’ll get the idea regardless. Oh, and we are in costume and Dooley was cold. Just roll with it.