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.
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".
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.
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.
The Cross decorated for Christmas! Each element has a purpose. As we begin this Advent season keep the cross in mind. Jesus came with the cross set before Him. It wasn't just happened along the way, It was why He came, for me and for you.
Before school started I took the kids to have a little fun at Crayola Experience. We were in line to do one of the activities, the girl helping the kids asked Jonathan witch mold he wanted to make "Emoji or a ring?"
I couldn't been more excited to have the opportunity to share the gospel with the kids. It wasn't about looking for responses that night. I was excited because I got to share with them God's Truth. Wither with children or adults sharing God's truth, most of all the gospel, should excite us!
My Bear He hold many memories and more secrets than I'm willing to admit. He was a gift from my beloved Papa David (grandpa) on the last normal Christmas we had together, I was 13 (the age my oldest daughter is now). I told my mom that I wanted a "Big Bear" for Christmas and she just rolled her eyes at me. As a mom I now get this and would do the same to my kids. But, this girl knew where to go and I told Papa I wanted a big bear.
Jonathan playing and TALKING with boys at church! This is something that is often taken for granted. But, this my friend is an answer to prayer!
Faith gives us courage. Courage isn't the absence of fear. It is rising up in the face of fear and moving forward anyway. In times of fear, and there are times in this life that will scare you, let faith rise above the fear and lead you.
In this middle of all the crazyness, all the doctor's appointments, and hopital stay, there was also a night of worship (we went to see Hillsong), Mother's day, Grace's Birthday and party, and awards both at school and church.
A mircale that this condition is gone and even the doctor said "this doesn't happen". But, the bigger miracle isn't in the taking away the hard but that My God comes close and walks with me even in the hard. In what is now our everyday life.
My Oldest and youngest were born 5 years and 2 days apart. We've had a busy fun birthday week.
There are sometimes that it is just harder to be thankful than others. At least for me, I don't know about you. Today is definitely one of those days. Oh, I know I have lots to be thankful for. But an aching heart and fear can be so blinding. What is in front of us can be so overwhelming that it is hard to look past it. Brokenness can be good when you come to God and let Him speak to you and teach you in it. But, the enemy doesn't want you to do that. He wants to keep your focus on what is in front of you. He wants to keep you isolated and stuck. We are not meant to walk this life alone. We have our loving Father who walks with us. We also have the gift of the church, of each other.