‘Tis the season!

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I used to dislike having a year end birthday. All well wishes, gifts, and favorite celebrations land in the same month for me. Therefore, I felt special for only one month out of twelve, and everyone else got their favorite celebrations conveniently spread throughout the year. Juvenile mindset, I know. :p

This year, I decided that December is God’s way of setting aside one month to celebrate me and Him and love and healing and other things. Bren! I know you love Christmas. I sent you to the world in December so you would feel celebrated for a whole month and know what a gift you are to Me. Throw in an annual Handel’s Messiah concert in December to complete the celebration.

I love December! Not to be weird or anything, but you all should really take time to celebrate yourself on your birthday. You are a gift to God! And He is a gift to you! Worship and ceeeeeeleebrate the privilege of being His.

Maybe the idea of celebrating oneself seems carnal, but the more I know God, the more I change my mind.

I can hardly wait for Christmas. I can already hear the loud clamor of life in Mom’s house. A brother in law wrestling my baby brother. (of thirteen years) Dominoes being shuffled on the kitchen table. Random bursts of four part harmony, with an occasional off key contribution from a bored player. A baby squawking. The oldest nephew streaking from the bathroom naked and a laughing aunt chasing him down with his clothes. 🙂

There are three grand babies to love in our family now. I have yet to get to know the last two better. Oh, 599 miles between us, how I dislike thee.

Rain is pouring down outside on this dreary day. The Christmas lights around the front door twinkle day and night. The heater and humidifier compete in the indoor atmosphere. So far the humidifier is winning, and I haven’t used a drop of lotion so far this season.

There is currently a giant package sitting inside the door that is not addressed to me. And it is not the first. ‘Tis the season! (Can you tell “gifts” is a love language? :))

I love my husband.

This verse makes my heart dance these winter days:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. –Ephesians 2:4-7

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