Friday, December 18, 2009

Behold! We bring You tidings of Great Joy!

And this is why I love this time of year, this season, and Christmas! 2009 has been a difficult year for Allen and I but it also been a "great learning" year. In 2009, we have never held so closely to the only truth we know, our Heavenly Father. We have also clung to each other like never before building an incredibly strong foundation for our marriage. From moving to a new place, living in tight quarters, moving again, experiencing the worst pain imaginable - a miscarriage, not being able to find a job, Allen possibly being laid-off, and all the unknowns of being in a new place - we have never been more thankful for the birth of our sweet Savior! We have spent more time at the foot of the Cross than we ever have and while there were many days we wanted to give-up, Allen and I always reminded each other that while we are struggling we do have each other (and I couldn't be more thankful for the husband God chose for me!) and we have a merciful God that loves us more than we can ever know & has great, wonderful, plans for us. Plans we can't even begin to dream about because of His love for us. If I had to define this year, it would be a sea of tears, a raging storm, but yet a calm in the storm because we have allowed Him to be in the center of our storm. We know there is a time and place for everything and we know God has something so incredibly great for us, in His time.

But this Christmas we are reminded exactly why we are here. To glorify Him and live our life for Him...even through the difficult times. So this Christmas, we bring tidings of GREAT joy because we are so joyful for the birth of our Savior. For because of Him, we have peace in our hearts even when the storm is raging against our hearts. While we still aren't sure what our future holds, we do know the best is yet to come! And until that comes, we will continue to bring Him good tidings of great joy for we know that Christmas is not about all the billions of dollars spent on gifts but about a baby born to save, to save the souls of man. And I can not think of any greater gift on this earth!

So this Christmas, my prayer is that if you haven't received that gift that your heart will be opened to receive it. For He came to save & you! I also pray that 2010 opens doors that Allen & I can't even imagine for we know all things are possible through Him and not man. And as we wait upon Him, we will continue to seek Him just as the Wise Men did and still do.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem
A baby born to save, to save the souls of man

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Heaven's love reaching down to save the world
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Son of God, Servant King
You're here with us

-Here With Us by Joy Williams

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