I've never seen these lights off before. When I do get to visit home one of the things you can see first it the lights. First it a small glow but then it gets brighter, I know I'm close. In all of this craziness of the coronavirus, the lights of Vegas have been shut off. I'm not sure it's ever been done before.
I found these cute little notes at work. I knew I needed to get them for my son. Let me tell you the story of why.
I wasn't just sharing God in the good days when everything is going smoothly. I showed who God is in the hard things, God is here too!
Tonight as we closed our family Bible time in prayer the kids each take turns praying. I gently reminded her "Grace it's your turn". There was silence. Then I hear Jonathan ask her "do you want me to help you?". "Yes" she replied.
This past week I woke up and had no voice! It was really strange because I felt fine but when I tired to talk not much came out. You can imagine how fun this was having two kids who are hard of hearing.
Isaiah 40:31, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. A pretty well known verse. Renew here means "to exchange". As I read this today I wanted to jump up and say "yes!". This is something I've learned to do a lot more these last couple of years.
The series my pastor is preaching through has the application of; preach the Gospel to yourself. Today this is the gospel I preach to myself. "I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow".
In Sunday school Pastor wrote the word Peace in the white board and asked the class what comes to mind. I answered; "when the kids are all asleep and it's quite and still in the house". He going to tell me to stop answering soon. Ha! But, he did chuckle because he knew I was being facetious and truthful.
Last post I told of how God is taking care of me through this challenging season. It is often a text or a call from a friend, a verse that "happens" to pop up that speaks to my heart or a song. Just little things that remind me how close He is and that He cares about me. This weekend it was a little more. I ended up attending The Word Alive Event.
Through a my friend Julie I heard of the Psalm Project. It is really a simple idea. We open our Bible, read through the Psalms this year. There is no book you have to buy or group to join. just open your Bible and read.
In a group of friends the question was posted "what made you smile this past year?". A few simple things come to mind quickly; my oldest turning 13 (yes this make me smile), my brother's wedding, going to a Hillsong concert. But, then my answer gets a little deeper. I look back on this year, this season that I'm in (for the last 2yrs) and I smile.
Christmas this year was different than it has been in the past. When I first saw this was going to happen I wasn't really sure what I thought about it. It ended up being really good.
We went to see a living Nativity last night and visit with some friends. Grace ended up playing an angel (for a bit) she didn't want to stand still and kept wanting to kiss baby Jesus.
My kids have loved having a christmas countdown and getting to move the candy cane one day closer to Christmas day! This year we had this advent book at work. It is so beautiful and the message even better. As you open it up there is an onement with one of the names of God on it. On the other side is a devotional about the name. I love getting to share this with my family this year.
I randomly text "you are loved and prayed for" to friends. Just a simple remember that I hope brightens her day. Oneday my friend responded "oh boy, I could use the prayers and cookies"