Reposting an edited version of our 2013 Christmas Family Letter... praying you have a little Peace on Earth and Silent Night on this merry Christmas Eve! May you sense Him come near... and may you prepare Him a little (more) room!
Can you feel it? That tugging that starts down deep... In a world spinning fast, all dizzy and blurred, I love that pull that is nearly tangible to slow it down, to stop, to breathe in deep this cold winter air. It fights within us... the drive to keep up, and the need to slow down! There is a hunger and thirst for more than just some peace and quiet, but for Peace on Earth and a little Silent Night!
Can you feel it too? It can go unnoticed, nearly ignored all together - we can rush right by it... push it back down and keep running around, crossing things off our bossy lists... but oh how I pray that we don't do that! No - let's not dismiss it... instead of pushing through, let's lean in! Lean IN to the Cradle, and in to the Cross.
Let's agree together that what this weary world needs most is a Holy Night, is a Falling on our knees, is a little rejoicing! I'm learning honestly for the first time about Advent and the glory of waiting... of expecting Him to come!
I heard Liz Curtis Higgs speak it earlier this month - how Mary departed after encountering the angel, heading for Elizabeth's and how maybe, just maybe, it was Elizabeths' greeting that revealed to Mary that she was pregnant. She may have not even known when the Spirit overshadowed her and that got me to thinking:
Miracles often happen when we are unaware!
How many miracles... how many answers to prayer come and we don't even notice?
Advent means "Coming" and while many still wait - we know that He has come... He is coming and He is here and no matter where you are or what you are needing, He comes for you tonight.
For the 2nd year in a row, I participated in OneWord365 - my word this year is "Surprise!"
Surprise has showed up for us in some amazing ways... blessings, winning numerous giveaways, provisions and favor... it's also showed up in some hard ways: health issues with family, being faced with old fears and insecurities that I thought were conquered, and a few disappointments... but probably the most surprising "Surprise" is what God is doing inside... this shifting and awakening and I know that I am not alone in that! I know that work will continue even as 2014 arrives and a new word is brought to light. Through the 'good' and the 'bad' - miracles have happened while we were unaware... blessings multiplied the more we tried to capture them, to count them and write them down one by one...
I know for me - looking through our year - I can see clearly now that miracles really have happened - both big and small... health has been and is being restored; grace has covered; forgiveness wins; provision has been supernatural; love has grown deeper; restoration in family and in friendships continues on.
We are praying miracles happen for you too, and as you celebrate His coming, you will find that He is always ALWAYS worth the wait, and that He is just waiting to show up for you!
He has come... and He is coming still!
Believing for miracles,
Linking up with the lovely Jennifer Dukes Lee & #TellHisStory