My favorite time of the year! But with some change.
I absolutely LOVE this time of year! From Thanksgiving and on, it’s as if love is just raining down everywhere. Family is together, kids are playful and bonding, food is simmering and delicious. Oh, the holidays, what joy they bring to my heart!
But if I am honest, this year everything seems different. I wouldn’t describe it as bad, but I wouldn’t describe it as good either. I guess it’s somewhere in between. My family and I are in a place that we haven’t been in before. Striving to learn how to still feel close even though we're all on different journeys. I guess in the past we’ve all been on the same journey, at least with regard to church. Church in my family is a huge deal in general, but around the holidays and especially Christmas, it’s extra important. It’s not just about going to church, but for my family, growing up, I took it as bonding time, getting closer to the ones that help you feel loved. God made us such intimate beings to the point where my heart grieves, even now, for those that are alone during any season but this one especially. I pray for them, that God touches someone’s heart to invite them in their home to feel genuine love and warmth.
Even though my family and I are going through some changes, I am grateful I have them. I am grateful for the love that we've shared and will continue to share. I know these changes that we are going through is God strengthening, growing, and conditioning us to reach the next level of unconditional love that He is aspiring to take us to. The things that are beautiful to us, like diamonds and gold, must go through a rough and intense process to get the finish product that we all astonish over. I believe God does the same with His people and is doing the same with me and my family. Though it is painful at times and has been for a little while. I believe and I trust the God that I serve, the God that we serve, we will see God’s finished product. Job went through so much pain and suffering for a while. But in the end, God blessed him double for his trouble because he held on to God. But not only did Job get double blessings naturally. He also gained a closer relationship with his Heavenly Father, which transcends any natural blessing we can ever receive on this Earth.
Once God has completed His work that He is doing with me and my family, it will then be our new beginning. The end of this season we are in, will be the beginning of our new season that God is preparing us for. Pray for us, please.
I’m praying for you all, that you have a Merry Christmas! I am taking the rest of this week off and will return on Monday, December 30th. When I return we will be taking a slight shift. Discovering more of God's Love and how He designed it between His people. So, enjoy yourselves and remember Jesus’ greatest commandments: