Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve and Christmas

~Christmas Eve~

 {cookies for Santa}

 {Our "Christmas" pj's this year were pink of course!}


 This morning as I opened the word so much scripture came to mind....

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and His name shall be called: WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE. Isaiah 9:6

{I loved this one this morning in particular because when I look back over my life I can see how Jesus has been each one of these things to me. He has been my counselor, the only one who really "gets it" the one with the most empathy and compassion, the one who has seen me through and promises to stick with me until the end. (Phil 1:6) He has been Mighty God performing modern day miracles before my eyes to where when I sing the song "How Great is our God" I have my own slideshow of works God has done in my presence. He is my father, my forever father, my protector, who loves me endlessly and passionately. And He is the prince of peace, the author of peace, the fighter for peace, the one who weeps when there is no peace. What a powerful scripture.}

Also, this one came to mind:

For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses but one who in every respect has been tempted yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

{This verse instantly reminded me of this post. He understands everything and He does because He CHOSE to come and live as a human. It's just unthinkable only it really happened....}

 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Phil 2:5-11

{And this passage was just plain convicting. Jesus emptied Himself...I rarely do this for anyone... if for anyone it's my kids because that is absolutely what it takes to be a mom but all others I would not say I hardly ever if ever empty myself. That would require me being empty afterward and I always hide a reserve of myself for myself...always. It's part of my selfishness. This broke my heart over my sin and my lack of being like Jesus. I am the absolute worst at being a servant for my husband. I don't know why my heart in my flesh doesn't want to serve him so badly, it's sad. So conviction fell on me this morning, but with all conviction comes joy because it means that my God has not finished working on me, that He loves me enough to show me where I sin and need to be like Him. What a good God I serve. What a good good God.}

 {Santa ate the cookies and drank the milk!}
{This little one was on a sugar high for most of the morning. She loved it.}
 {Fun with all the new toys!}

 {Attempting to read the Christmas Story}

 {Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus}

 {And finishing the day off with a tea party.}

We stayed in our pj's all day! It was so great! Our family needed this day of rest! I made Adam's favorite parmesan chicken for dinner. We all loved it and it felt so homey and hearty! Gotta love comfort food!

Tomorrow is the big doctor's appointment. I am nervous but ok because I know that my Sovereign God has a plan that I cannot see and I DO trust Him. I mean it so sincerely.

What a fabulous day celebrating Jesus' b-day! Overwhelmed with gratitude at the sacrifices He has made for me.


Morgan's mom said...

I am constantly amazed at your spiritual maturity! I know you are so young, but you have been gifted with wisdom by God. You are an encouragement to me, and I am decades older than you!!! Love to read about your sweet family, and stopped to pray right now for the drs. appt. Thank you for sharing a little of your wonderful Christmas day with all of us!

Lauren said...

Your girls could not possibly be more beautiful. I know that wasn't the point of this post, but I just had to say it. =) Merry Christmas.