When I read today’s verse I thought, “There’s nothing I can think of to go with this phrase.” When Derek woke up, at the crack of eleven, I asked him if he could remember any times I was unfair or partial.

“What was I thinking?”

He said nothing came to mind and I told him to forget it before something did!

Deuteronomy 1:16, 17, “. . . Be perfectly fair in your decisions and impartial in your judgments. . . .” New Living Translation

Then I took the Christmas tree out of the box. Instead of taking the tree apart, somebody bent the limbs down to flatten them against the trunk.  They shoved the three pieces in the box and taped the flaps down, leaving a 6″ gap.

Those three pieces were coated with a year’s worth of dust. I was looking at 100 mg of Prednisone and being sick for two weeks if I messed with it.

I asked Derek to put it together, take it outside and blow it off with the leaf blower. He did. Then I put on a hooded coat, my allergy mask, went outside and tried to spread the limbs out. I wanted Derek to blow the dust off in the center of the tree. They wouldn’t go back in place. They are bent down permanently.

“It’s not fair!”

I cleared my schedule to have the day free to decorate the tree with my theme for this year. After dinner yesterday, Luke, Rachel, and I spent two hours shredding foil wrap, stuffing it into glass ornaments, and I drew continents on them with a black Sharpie. Then I colored them in with a green Sharpie.

Laura felt bad and offered me her tree. But it is a 6′ regular tree. The base would block half of the couch. My tree is a 7′ pre-lit pencil tree. It only takes a 3′ circle of floor space.

Dear Father God,

I’m sure I made decisions that hurt other people, just like I was hurt today. Forgive me. I’m at a loss. Show me what to do.

In Jesus Name,


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