This time of year has always been my favorite. Its a reason to be extra cheerful, generous, grateful and surrounded by friends and family. You begin to count and name your blessings one-by-one. There is no doubt that this time of year will be extremely difficult for my family with the physical absence of my mother. While counting my blessings, I am grateful for the people God has placed in my life. My mother was always my first call, text or email and now that I don't have that option, I have found her sending her words of wisdom through those I would least expect. Listen wholeheartedly to those around you that you trust and have your best interests at heart. You never know where the message may be coming from and you don't know WHO God will use to send it to you.
The moral of this story is to listen! Listen with BOTH EARS :) and be patient with the information given. Even if its not what you want to hear, take a step back to digest and apply it where you can.