The Best Gifts of All

This year when my husband asked me what I would like for Christmas my answer was "A love Letter!"... We are together 35 years, and except for writing A & E (always and ever) on store bought cards, he has never written anything to me stating his feelings. It would really be something if I received one! But, we will see if I get this priceless gift.

Other friends have asked me the same question and I smile and tell them that I asked Richie, my husband, for a love letter. Some of my friends thought it was a wonderful thought, and that they would like that too, To give or receive a love letter really would make this Christmas special to a lot of people.

So I thought, maybe I would write love letters to my kids, and my grandkids, and put the letters in their Christmas stockings. Then I thought friends would appreciate love notes too. So, I bought little boxes and will present these gifts to them too.

Now, this e-mail is not all about writing love notes. It is about giving the greatest gifts of all.

I was at our adopted daughter's home the other day, and gave her an early Christmas gift. She told me that the greatest gift I ever gave her as unconditional love, and acceptance. That we never tried to change her, we just influence her to do the right thing, for the right reasons. It was so nice to hear!. Sometimes as a parent you wonder what your kids really think of you.

She told me that as a young child, she would cry at night telling God that she didn't belong where she was. Then when she was a teen, she came into our lives, and was ours from that time on. She knew she belonged. She knew we would love her NO MATTER WHAT!

I think of all the teens that were in our programs that told us that they hated their parents, or that their parents hated them. My answer to them was that their Heavenly Father Loves Them No Matter What! …And we were going to like them, care for them, and love them, even if they were sometimes unloveable. We were going to do it anyway, NO Matter What! And, challenging them, I would say "What are you going to do about that" They would just grin or smirk, (like we didn't know what we were dealing with.)

Some believed us, some just didn't. They thought they were so unloveable that no one could love them the way they were. Again I would say "What are you going to do about it"...They slowly changed and even the most unloveable became loving.

So this holiday season give the best gifts of all…

1. Unconditional Love- I'm going to love you ANYWAY! (Everyone should read that book)

2. Acceptance..for who they are, and who they can be.

3. Forgiveness..for all the errors and faults we humans have or commit.

Tie the gifts with a ribbon and see how wonderfully these gifts are appreciated. (Bet they won't receive two of these gifts)

Remember to give these gifts to yourself, too. Cause we can not give away what we do not have.

Love Yourself-Unconditionally Accept yourself-for who you are and who God wants you to be Forgive Yourself...Yesterday, with all its mistakes...IS OVER! Do Good, and Be Better Today...

© Carole Devecka God Given Daisies [email protected]

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