I feel new today. Refreshed. Energized. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of friends and family, and the Christmas season is in full swing.
In the past couple of years, the holidays have been difficult for me. Being far away from home on days that are so memorable can be really hard. But today, I feel excited. Excited to be given life that is full and rich with blessing. God is always good.
Over the past few weeks, I have had a growing sense that something was missing. I could not put my finger on it, but I was feeling restless and anxious. I almost felt nervous about the upcoming holiday season, because I don’t always trust my emotions this time of year. Finally, I sat myself down and had a good heart to heart with God. I realized I was missing out on HIM. I wasn’t reading enough from Scripture, or growing in my relationship with Him. A very simple, but profound realization that probably should have taken me less time to figure out:)
It is amazing how one small prayer and just a minute to sit with the Lord can have such an impact on everyday life. The verse that continues to come to my lips in the morning is Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” I think we can overcomplicate our relationship with God, when sometimes, it is so incredibly simple.
So, today, I am thankful. I am thankful for a new season of life. I am thankful for a fresh perspective on a timeless, simple truth. I am thankful for God’s faithfulness to never leave us, and to love us unconditionally.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, we were able to tell all our friends and family we are expecting a baby this coming June. What a thrilling piece of news to share! After being married for almost seven years, we have gotten the baby question A LOT! In some seasons, it was easy to say that we just weren’t ready, but in others, it was more difficult to trust in God’s timing. But, oh, how perfect His timing is! We couldn’t be more excited about starting this new adventure, and we are overwhelmed by the support and love from all of our loved ones. Thank you for walking through a new season with us!
So, as we enter into a new week, I pray that we will all live in an attitude of thankfulness this Christmas season, and rejoice in all the blessings He has given us. Remember to count your blessing in the morning, pray throughout the day, and celebrate Jesus’s birth with excitement and anticipation. It’s going to be a great day!