Merry Christmas!

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.’”
-Luke 2:8-14

You will find Him in a feeding trough.

You, on whom His favor rests.

You will find Him where you least expect Him.

Do you hear His whisper this morning? “You will find me where you least expect me.”

This, the very most unexpected place, this is where we find Him. Even more, this is where He finds us.

In the long dark nights, in the lowering of my friends’ bodies into the dark earth, in the resettling of their children into foster-families, in the impossibly hard parenting and the shepherding of my children through searing loss, I have known Jesus. In the endless blending and grinding of food for a feeding tube, and the endless chopping of carrots for soup, and the long lists of spelling words and multiplication facts, and the unexpected joy of just being, we have known Jesus. In the blazing hot sun, in the forever-caked-on-my-heels red mud, over the thousands of potholes, I have known impossible, unexpected Grace.

And this is my prayer for you this Christmas. That in the very most unlikely places, in the hard and the hurt and the dark, you would know the unexpected hope that can only come from our Savior. Impossible grace abounds, even where we least expect it.

Can you hear it? His message to the shepherds is His message to us today. “You will find a baby lying in a manger. You will find my love where you least expect it. You will find me in the mud, in the muck, in the dirt. And in the mess of your sin and the hurt of this life, I will find you.

Merry Christmas. May impossible, unexpected grace be yours through Christ our Savior.

Praying you are blessed by these words and fall more in love with your Savior today. 
Taken from Katie Davis; can be found here.

The Spirit of Christmas

“The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ.  The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal.  The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural.  The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person.
That makes all the difference in the world.” – Stuart Briscoe

Beyond Ourselves

A friend of mine recently shared the following story on Facebook.  It’s a sweet reminder to look beyond ourselves and be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  It can be a very busy time of year, and a season of painful realities and hardship for some — so I pray you and I are filled with His grace to see how He sees.

It’s so important to follow our hearts…as I was sitting on the plane (Phil & I got separated– we’ve learned all things happen for a reason) my heart felt burdened for the woman next to me (of whom I didn’t know). She didn’t speak to me the whole flight & was very reserved. I felt impressed to write a note of hope to her, telling her how much God loves her. My heart pounded as we exited the plane as I anticipated how to approach her (funny, being a network marketer, right?!) I gave her the note & was honest about how I didn’t quite know how to approach her but told her what was on my heart. She began to cry & kept hugging me, telling me how much she needed that and how her dad had just died.

Similarly Phil & I felt led to pray for a kid waiting on us who told us he was wanting a very specific job. We spent our date night encouraging him & he emailed us the next day sharing how he miraculously landed his dream job.

You can never go wrong sharing love & hope. Step outside of your self and be the change many long to see…

-Sarah Fairless Robbins

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”  Mother Teresa

*Thread of Thanks*

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IMG_1936First snow!

IMG_1958Fun in a bag from one of the world’s best grandmothers.

IMG_1941Signs of my brother being home.

IMG_1950Hot chocolate in Daddy’s awesome [large] mug.

IMG_1947Laughter and talking with neighbors at a quick cookie swap.

Christmas Miracles

When hearts are fragile, that’s when they may be most faith-filled — believing in miracles before life makes sense.

Believing in the miraculous coming –  so there is real living in the moment now.

Believing in a God bigger than the burdens.

Believing — so there is living.

This is how the fragile are made strong.

 

Full post written here.