I can’t believe another year has already come and gone! For those of you who have been following for awhile, you know 2017 was a year full of change for our family. Fortunately, in 2018 our lives seemed to feel more settled, and we were truly able to embrace and appreciate the season of life we were in. We grew stronger in our faith by giving thanks for all the blessings we enjoy daily, and learning to trust in Him for those we pray for regularly.
The Christmas season is always a special time for me because I’m drawn to the JOY and HOPE that the birth of Jesus Christ brings to our lives. Jesus was born among animals in a cold manger, wrapped in rags because there was no room for Him in the world He came to save. He was born to a virgin and was the son of an ordinary man and woman. Isn’t it fascinating that God sent His only Son into this world under such unimpressive and even abnormal circumstances? Each time I’m reminded of this, my heart is filled with joy knowing that regardless of the circumstances in life, I can be at peace knowing God is orchestrating it all. He sent His son to save the world, and He did so in the most unique way. For that, we can rest assured in knowing that regardless of where we are in life, the conditions of our circumstances, and despite the odds, there is always in hope in God. He do the impossible and the most improbably of ways, and He shows us that through the birth of His Son.
Glory to God!
Today and into the New Year, I challenge you to remind yourself of this hope and to help spread the everlasting light of Jesus. Give others the benefit of the doubt, extend just a little bit of extra grace, and give or serve in a way you’ve never done before. Not only will the recipient appreciate it, but the change you’ll see and feel within are the real joy.
On the most beautiful afternoon in Austin, we met our photographer who outdid herself in capturing these amazing images! Thank you Summer Mitchell Photography for your patience and eye in making these our favorite yet!
From my little family to yours, may the peace and warmth of this bright and cheerful season remain with you on this day and throughout the new year. Merry Christmas, friends!