Liz and I took the kids to the mall this week to see Santa. It was kind of a surreal moment for me because so many Christmases have come and gone where I didn’t think I would ever have a child to take to see Santa. My little one seemed to tolerate Santa (I doubt that will happen next year!).
I’m really trying to enjoy everything this Christmas season, to really cherish E’s first Christmas. That’s not to say the normal stress of each day doesn’t exist. Even during this season of Advent, I find myself having those down moments. Those moments of anger or sadness or the little annoyances like the never-ending chores to do around the house (although I am thankful to have a house to do chores in!).
I really have to stop and breath sometimes and look around at how blessed I am.
I have to make a conscious effort to stop complaining and just BE GRATEFUL!
I know Christmas can really be a bittersweet time for so many people. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, financial difficulties, or the longing for a child, so many of us are yearning for something more.
I will tell you that even after being given that “something more,” life will continue to be a struggle… but thankfully we don’t have to struggle alone because of the hope we have in Christ. I have to remind myself of this every single day, multiple times even!
There was a quote from my She Reads Truth Advent study the other night that really stuck with me: “Jesus gave up heaven for a broken place full of broken people who needed Him.”
We live in a fallen, broken world, one with a lot of sadness. But one day, Jesus will come again and “wipe away every tear” (Revelation 21:4). Until then, I want to do my best to love like Jesus did, to be thankful for each and every gift I am given.
This Christmas I am extra grateful for the gift of my beautiful friend Liz, her husband, and girls, my husband and especially my sweet baby girl. Wherever you are this Christmas, and whatever struggle you are going through, I pray you find peace and hope in Christ.