Sunday, December 21, 2014

DAY 1582: Advent

Date night tonight. So thankful for the sweet and brave family that we date swap with. Such a blessing!! Hoping we can hold on tight to them till both of our bigs are twelve. Eek! That will be here before I know it!!!! The only problem I might have when my oldest is twelve is that she might be on high demand as a babysitter. That girl is going to be running circles around me before I know it. The oldest boy has become quite the gentle babysitter for his littlest sister as well. Thankful for this sweet crew of minions and the sweet hands that watched them tonight.

Feel sorry for my hubs. Not much of a fun date these days. I know the nights of compromised sleep are not helping a thing. A sweet but shrill child screamed off and on several times an hour all night till after 4am. Maddeningly sanctifying.

Spent part of the evening dreaming of Missoula, Montana.  Life is too short to stay in this ugly city forever. Missoula sounds like a wonderland made for a crazy family like us. Montana keeps singing its siren song to us. Now if only we can figure out how to either move Montana to us or convince our favorite people to come with us.  Dreaming of one day experiencing real seasons and a White Christmas.

1 Peter 1 & Advent:
This chapter is crazy intense. The greeting itself speaks volumes. This kind of faith is crazy inspiring. It is the trials and tribulations that has made the faith of the believers in the early church something to be truly admired. There was a great cost to following Christ so one did it half heartedly. They were all in!

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭6-9‬ ESV)

I'm most definitely in a melancholy/apathetic funk. I've kicked around the notion of using the word depressed but this simply does not fit. Hope has broken forth. Yes apathy has tried to drown me but hope has been the rock that I've clung too. I'm thankful for the beautiful reminder that this hope, this Jesus is the very reason for much joy. This Christ child who was laid in a manger is the source of great joy and glad tidings to the entire world. This Jesus is why we can give thanks in all circumstances. Our circumstances will indeed change but our Lord and Savior always remains the same. Rejoice in The Lord always and again I say rejoice!!


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