I had to pop in real quick and say Merry Christmas!
The boys probably woke up at 4:00 am (precisely 2 minutes after Mr. B. and I went to bed – ha!), but I cannot wait to see their little faces light up with excitement over what’s under the tree.
I’m just going to be honest with you and confess that this week was a tough one in our home! With the boys and me being home from school and work – and no one getting enough sleep – there have been lots of challenging pockets filled with impatience, unkind tones of voices, and frustration.
On top of that, I got a UTI, Mr. B. and Jethro have colds, I ran out of wrapping paper, forgot to pick up Mr. B’s Christmas Eve clothes from the dry cleaner’s, made some pork chops that were truly terrible, and we ended up forgoing a special yearly holiday tradition because the boys had been behaving so poorly.
I haven’t felt very merry or Christmas-y. In fact, I have felt discouraged and disappointed! I just want everyone to be happy and for things to be easy!!!
Then we got to church last night for Christmas Eve services and the Lord knocked me over with the words of a song we sang called Prince of Heaven…
We can know Him, this Prince of Peace
In light of mercy, confess our sin
Lay our burdens at Jesus’ feet
And with gladness sing…
Because of Christmas, we can know Him. When we are discouraged and disappointed and wondering where in the world we are failing – we can lay our burdens at Jesus’ feet. We can take it all to Him and know in faith that He will (and already has!) care for every detail. This beautiful grace is what causes our hearts to respond with a deeply satisfied gladness.
One of my new favorite things that I learned about the Christmas story this year was that God was quite purposeful in choosing a manger for the Lord to have as his first bed. A manger was a feeding trough for animals – a place where animals could gather and find satisfaction for their hunger. When Jesus was placed in the manger, it was as if God was giving us an invitation to come, taste and see that He is good.
Are you hungry for peace? Joy? Contentment in the midst of difficult circumstances and the hard work of training kids? Me too. I will meet you at the manger and we can find those things together in Christ.
And could you bring some wrapping paper with you? I need it. 🙂
Words cannot express how I feel about you, my sweet followers! You are all so kind and encouraging and your support blesses me more than you will ever know. Thank you for being a part of the Happy Home Fairy community.
May He bless you this Christmas as you seek Him at the manger!
Julie (and the fam!)