Thursday, December 15, 2016

a different Christmas well

It is not the most wonderful time of the year.  Jack and I have been talking about this a lot lately.

It's a time when expectations run high and bank accounts bleed money and the schedule is stuffed like a suitcase that you just can't seem to close because it's too full.  And if it's not the most wonderful time of the year, then what is wrong with you?  Shouldn't your heart sing every morning of advent, so jingle-belly full of Christmas cheer?  If it doesn't, what then?  

If you are feeling more weary than you are wonderful, the good news is that Christmas isn't about our feelings.  It's not about us at all.  In fact, if you are like me and you struggle with darkness, then the good news is that if you can sit in that darkness long enough asking for light, the Light comes and that is exactly and only what Christmas is- the Savior donning his fragility and vulnerability even down to his tiny newborn toes so that he can save us from all the darkness.  That is Christmas.  

So it's certainly not the most wonderful time of the year in the fake-smile, shopping cart full sense but (and this is what I'm holding out for) Christmas is the most wonderful moment of the year- a moment to remember that Light has come and overcome darkness and that is what we celebrate and hold onto at Christmas no matter our mind or mood.  

My Christmas anthem this year isn't very traditionally Christmasy, but its message is light in the dark so I'm counting it:

"Throw your body down into the sea
It won't quench your thirst no matter how deep
Cup your hands like a broken shell
Taste some water from a different well
I said it, I meant it
You will never thirst again, you will never thirst again..."

"Faith is the art of holding onto things in spite of your changing moods and circumstances."  CS Lewis

"...our hope is in You..."  Jeremiah 14:22

Friday, December 9, 2016

November 2016: tigers and turkeys

small group marriage retreat 

a trip to Auburn with the fam

BeBe's Thanksgiving birthday

Whew!  Thankful and tired. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

all the things

the boys' after school "fire hour"

(preaching to myself)

If you're like me and you're susceptible to the blues, you need to do all the things.

All the things starts with doing the first thing and that's talking to God about it and remembering who you are and how much you're loved.  The next thing is just that- the next thing.  You just do the next thing.  You practice gratitude (a photo a day really helps me with that).  And you look for light and you ask for help and you exercise and you take medicine if you need medicine.  And music (David Crowder's "Make an Ocean" and Angel Snow's "I Said It, I Meant It" really helped pull me up today). also bathe in truth (thank you JLC, article king).

All the things.  Just do all the things.

Friday, December 2, 2016

like a child

If you haven't seen this video, do yourself a favor and enjoy it.  It's definitely for sure a new favorite of mine.  And may we all receive Christmas like a child.  Always.