Immanuel, God IS With Us

I wonder if I, at the time of His birth, would have realized the magnitude of what was happening, had I been there.

Would I have believed He was who they said He was before the miracles? Before His sermons? Before His Death? Before His Resurrection? Before the veil was torn and a way was made for me?

This day is a big day. The day His Father said, “It’s time. They need me. I want them. Now is the time.” Continue reading “Immanuel, God IS With Us”

Christmas Eve With Family

This morning was really great. God has blessed us with friends that are really more like family, and I love it.

After we opened our gifts a day early, we had a couple friends over for breakfast. My friend and I talked about life while our husbands watched Star Wars episode 5 in preparation for going to see the new Star Wars movie on Monday.

Later, we met up with another couple of our friends and went to Sing with them. I laughed way too hard at the car wash scene.

We hung out at their house and played with their dogs while we waited to go to the Christmas Eve church service this afternoon.

I always love going to the Christmas Eve service, and tonight was no different. We saw lots more friends at church and got to catch up with most of them.

Too Long

Tonight we hosted our Christmas party for our small group. It was a good night.

This day always seems to sneak up on me as I anticipate Christmas every year. In the middle of this joy-filled season comes a day that brought so much grief so many years ago. This year marks 17 years since my oldest sister, Kristen, died. It’s so hard for my mind to wrap around that number. Seventeen years means that she’s been gone longer than she was here. Continue reading “Too Long”

Psalm 51: 10

Christmas was great, but I don’t just want to move on and forget to be grateful and celebrate all that Jesus has done for me.

I have a tendency to become really grateful the weeks coming up to Christmas Day and then forget what just happened. I go back into the daily routine of just floating along through life.

As I continued reading in Psalm, I came across this verse today, and it spoke to that in me.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10

I am going to pray this every day for a least a week. I don’t want to make too lofty a goal at the risk of falling off the wagon, so I’ll just go a week at a time.

I want to stay focused on Jesus. I don’t simply want to forget the beauty of the King who humbly came to earth to redeem the ones He loves. I don’t want to forget the beginning of the gospel until next year. I want to remain in awe of the moment God said, “It’s time.”

 

The Christmas Detective

It’s been a long time since my husband and I have made it to family Christmas on my side. In fact, I don’t think we have made it since we’ve been married, so it’s been more than 3 years. I always love getting together with my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins along with my immediate family.

The family meets on Christmas day every year, and this year we made it! We all met at the grandparents’ house. The story of Jesus’ birth was read by the youngest cousin, Tessa. She’s nine.

Before we read the story, though, we all had lunch together. My husband and I sat at the table with my sisters and the girl cousins (my husband is such a good sport!). As I sat down beside Tessa she looked over at me and said, “I don’t know you.”

I just laughed because Continue reading “The Christmas Detective”

Prepare the Way

Luke 1 is really interesting for a couple reasons, but as I read it tonight something was different.

Luke 1:17 “And he will go before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

John, a baby who hadn’t even been born yet, had been given this huge mission – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

God calls us – sometimes before we are even born – to do great things. Every one of us has Continue reading “Prepare the Way”

Give Until There’s Nothing Left

I’ve heard it said a thousand times in my life that Christmas time is the season of giving.

When I think about generosity, I always think back to a Relient K song I used to listen to in middle school and high school (thanks big sis for liking Relient K – we both know that’s the only reason I ever gave them a listen in the first place). Continue reading “Give Until There’s Nothing Left”