Christmas Program

Tomorrow is a big day! Cole will be in his very first Christmas show ever at our church. I can't wait! Granted, he's only singing a song that might last two minutes if we're lucky. But he'll be so cute in those two minutes, singing and shaking his jingle bell. Um, that sounds funny. But really, he's shaking a real jingle bell. Ha ha! A friend of mine said, "I can't believe you're old enough to have a kid in a church program!" Well.....thanks.

I'll post pictures and probably video for sure!

A Revelation

I have been given an amazing gift this Christmas season. It was probably costly, but not expensive. It is laced with beauty, but not found in diamonds or jewels. No, this Christmas season I've been given the gift of understanding.

Understanding how awesome it is that Jesus came to our world.

Understanding the idea that He began His journey to redeem the world on that lonely Christmas night.

Understanding what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

In my devotions, I've been reading about the promise of Christ throughout the entire Old Testament. How Christ has reigned supreme since the very beginning of time. God revealed Christ for the very first time when He said to the serpent, "You will bruise His heel, but He will crush your head." Again, He declared the promise to Abram when He declared that "all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed through you." Abram knew God wasn't talking about Him, but of the One who was to come through Abram's line of descent. David received the promise of the Messiah when the Lord God said, "your kingdom will reign forever." Again, David knew it had nothing to do with him, but everything to do with God redeeming the world.

In the book of Isaiah, we find four songs of the servant, which can also be referred to as Messianic prophecies. One that has always been read during the Christmas season is Isaiah 9:6-7:

"For unto us a child is born, unto 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. Of the increase of government and peace, there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this."

What I find to be amazing are the verses that precede this text, rarely ever read together:

"Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan - The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For unto us a child is born...."

Do you see what I'm getting at? How incredible it is that the one who brought peace came in the form of a baby! I have many other thoughts on this that I will write in another post, but for now I want to focus on the issue of peace. Reading my friend Sara's blog the other day, reminded me of the war-filled world we live in. Having her husband as an Army Chaplain, I doubt that she is ever able to think otherwise. It is sad for me to read stories of real people who are losing their lives. Men and women who are fighting for our country, but also wars that are taking place around the world that we don't even know about. Civil wars like the ones in Africa, tribal wars, religious wars, etc. take place always. Will peace ever come to be in this world of hatred and hurt?

Yet, in this passage in Isaiah, God says that there is One greater than all of this. There is One who will bring peace. And peace means so much more than just an absense of war or an inner calm. My devotion suggested it as, "completeness, wholeness, fullness, soundness, firmness, safety, well-being, prosperity, and contentment." Being a Wonderful Counselor indicates wisdom and royalty; "Mighty God" is associated with power and victory; "Everlasting Father" points to His eternal and divine origins; and "Prince of Peace" means he brings peace and well-being to the earth.

It is so humbling to me to think of my God coming to earth as a human. Think of a baby you know and love; maybe your own child. Think of Christ in that precious form. Knowing that those tiny hands would be nailed to a cross. That those tiny little feet would take the grueling steps toward redeeming the world as the world threw insults and hatred at him. That his sweet, soft skin would be covered in stripes of blood. And that through all of this, we have the promise of peace. True peace that no President, pastor or peace treaty can provide.

Why is it we tend to bypass this great truth? Why do we only look to the cross on Easter? For truly, that little baby was looking to the cross on that miraculous Christmas night. I will never cease to be thankful.

Things I Love About Being a SAH-Mom

  1. Waking up in the morning and knowing I don't have to hurry to get somewhere
  2. Being able to stay in my pajamas all day if I so choose
  3. Being surrounded by three little ones who love me regardless of me staying in my pajamas all day
  4. Cuddling in a blanket with Cole while he drinks his chocolate milk and watches the Disney Channel
  5. Getting little hugs and kisses all throughout the day
  6. Being the one who gets to give hugs and kisses back
  7. Teaching character traits to my children
  8. Watching the excitement in the kids' faces when they learn something new
  9. Knowing that what I'm doing will make a difference someday, even if it doesn't seem so today
  10. Knowing I'm doing what God has called me to do
  11. Snuggling my girls while they get ready for/wake up from their naps
  12. Being satisfied when I get stains out of clothing that should be impossible to get out
  13. Making a place for Jake to come home and enjoy after a day at the office
  14. Baking with Cole
  15. Hearing all of the stories Cole has to tell me
  16. Hearing the girls' sweet giggles and coos
  17. Watching the amazing imagination of a 2 1/2 year-old
  18. Building forts
  19. Building puzzles
  20. "Building" respectable little people
  21. Basking in the accomplishment of having the mound of laundry done, the dishes done and the house cleaned
  22. Accepting that those duties will begin again tomorrow, but being thankful that there is no pressure from a boss or CEO to get on top of them right away
  23. Praying with Cole at night
  24. Making a difference in the lives of my kids and my husband
  25. Just being there!
I mean this post in no way to imply that moms who work outside of the home do not enjoy these things. I just think that I forget all of the benefits I have to staying at home. I don't have someone commending me on a daily basis, nor do I have the satisfaction of bringing home a paycheck as a physical reminder that I am contributing to the family. So, while it's been a rough week with the kids, and while the idea of a vacation is about 18 years away, I just wanted to make a list of all of the things that I love about them and why I'm so glad that I have chosen to be at home with them 24/7. It's all about perspective, baby!

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Ugh! Have you ever had those total brain freezes where you have




I feel like I've been in that stage for the last few months now. I have to apologize to all of my bloggy friends who faithfully check up on us to see how our family is doing. Unfortunately, this momma just has nothing to write! I have many ideas in my head, but they come out in the form of a;lskdjfopwerkja;cipawendcvoudoqhwig!!!

So, I've learned that when all else fails, post pictures of the kids!


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