This season of advent and anticipation of the birth of our Savior have been particularly joyful for me this year. Even though I’m falling behind on our Truth in the Tinsel advent readings and crafts, even though I am working a lot, even though there is a massive pile of laundry calling my name and I’m sitting here at 12:30 in the morning typing out a blog post instead- I have had such wonderful joy watching this advent season through the eyes of my little men as I feel the kicks of the little man within. As I talk to them about who Jesus is, why Jesus came to earth as a baby, what Jesus came to do… and to see this worked out in their own little hearts, has been a huge blessing to me. I have such wonderful memories of my own childhood Christmas seasons that I want to pass along to them. We’ve been crafting it up with our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments, enjoying the Scriptures that go along with each day. We’ve been making cookies together to share with our family when we get together for Christmas dinner. We’ve enjoyed talking about why we have to wait patiently to open the presents already sitting under the tree that mommy and daddy were blessed enough to be able to get for them. I want them to understand that this season of giving is what it truly is about, because that is what Jesus humbled himself to come to earth to do. He gave. He gave His own life for you, for me, for them, for anyone who will believe that He is the son of God and that He is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. I am so honored to call Him my Savior, my Lord, my Redeemer. It has been sweet to reflect on who Jesus is, and to focus on Him as a tiny little infant swaddled, who would later give His very life to cleanse me of my sins.
Thank you, sweet Jesus, for… everything!
If you are interested in Truth in the Tinsel, I highly recommend it. Here is a link:
Yesterday was America’s national observance of Thanksgiving. Now observed on the fourth Thursday of November, it has become more about stuffing our faces with a protein of choice (typically turkey but some do venison or ham), lots of side dishes and desserts galore. Then many people settle in for a nice, long afternoon nap or an afternoon of TV watching. However you chose to observe this national day of thanks, I hope yours was a bountiful one in all aspects.
As a family, yesterday was a wonderful day for me as it was the first day in a long, long time that I was able to spend the ENTIRE day with my husband and children with absolutely no concrete plans. This was important to me because Jeff and I have been working extra hard in the last three months. He has had to work a lot of OT at work, and I’ve been working two jobs plus we’ve both been working hard on keeping our humble abode clean (or somewhat clean on our busiest of days!)
To have a day with no plans, no jobs, nothing but spending the day together was so exciting. This is what I am truly thankful for-my family. Take away everything else, as long as I have my precious boys I have more than I could have ever asked for. I have Jesus in my heart and this means I have absolutely everything I need. My verse of meditation this week has been Psalm 107:1 – Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Oh what an amazing verse to remember every moment of every day. God truly is good all the time, He is holy all the time and He deserves our praise and adoration ALL THE TIME! This is what this season of thanksgiving should be about as we enter into this time where commerciality (yes I just made my own word) reigns. Jesus is the one who reigns, and let us always remember this and give thanks! I hope as you tread into this Christmas season this year, you are touched deeply by the One who takes away the sins of the world!
Remember as you gaze at these lights this season…
the true reason for our Christmas season is the light of the world, Jesus!
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. -John 8:12