The celebration of Christ's birth is in just two days.
For some of us this means family gatherings, lots of
food, opening gifts, and merry festivities. For others
of us it means a quiet day at home alone, perhaps a
television show, if we are lucky maybe a call from a
friend or family member.
The last 18 months has been a new season for me in
coping with my chronic illness and also balancing being
a decent mother and a wife who at least "shows
up." (Sadly, my sweet husband gets the least of
my energy.) This will be the first year that I spent
Christmas at home with just my husband and son.
My husband is dealing with more pressure with work
deadlines than usual. I am still in a slant recovering
from my joint replacement. I cannot drive, and don't
even have my car, as I took it to get some needed work
done on it while I was unable to drive anyway.
I've done little shopping. We have plenty, and we also
have debt. I am blessed for all that I have. My biggest
goal will simply be to get a ham in the oven and make
something that I can eat without gaining weight since
I've been dieting since April.
I want to thank you for your encouraging e-mails and
other messages. I apologize for not responding to each
person individually but I to read each one and send
a prayer for you as I do so.
Regardless of what your life entails right now, whether
it's a time of joy or a time of sorrow, remember that
Christ came to this world... for you. God sent
his son in a way that made him most vulnerable, as a
And all of the logical expectations of how a king would
arrive here on earth read out the window. God doesn't
work in logical ways. He uses our weaknesses for His
glory. He uses are lonely moments to eventually encourage
So if you feel as though you are getting coal in your
stocking this year, just remember that it is likely
the Lord has a diamond in there somewhere.
Matthew 1:23 says, "The virgin will be with child
and will give birth to a son, and they will call him
Immanuel" -which means, "God with us."
God is with us
below is one of my
favorite Christmas songs/videos, "Grown Up Christmas
List" by Amy Grant. God bless you this Christmas.
Rest Ministries Founder