Once again, I'm following along with Courtney's Challenge from Women Living Well.
December is the Peace on Earth Challenge, we're striving to take in the holidays and prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Savior's birth instead of "clawing" our way through them frantic about entertaining and gifts and filling our schedules so full. So here we go... week 4
"Here's this week's challenge: Christmas is just 5 days away and so much of our time is often spent helping the children to remember the "Reason for the Season". Now it's our turn. Once the kids are in bed get yourself a HOT drink (again we are warming the body as we warm the soul.) Get ALONE and turn out the lights by your Christmas tree, a lit fire, or a candle and just be alone with God. Pray, talk to him, I encourage you to sing Christmas carols or songs praising him, and just rest with Jesus."
It's funny that that we're focusing on peace among the craziness, because our plans just took a sudden turn. Because my husband works the day before and after Christmas, we had planned for my parents to come down on Christmas Day and just have a small meal together. We were waiting on our in-laws plans as Grandpa Roberts is very sick and was just brought home to hospice.
Last night we found out he probably won't make it through another 24 hours. So our plans are changed, we will be heading to Kentucky early tomorrow morning. I don't know what Christmas will look like. It won't look like I imagined it to be with my husband and I getting up opening our stockings and talking about the Christmas story, but not everything ends up the way we imagine it.
The important thing this Christmas for us will be sharing the story of Jesus and God's grace with unsaved family members. We will get to spend the season with family we wouldn't normally have seen, and there will be tears, but Christmas reminds us that a day awaits when every tear will be wiped away.
"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:3-4
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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:9-11
I hope you will keep my husband and his family in your prayers this week.
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