My very Favorite…
Guess who has all of her chickies under one roof? I’m so excited that I promised my daughter a baking day. I don’t bake, but I’m really good at eating cookies and promising crazy things when I’m all doped up on having my kids home. I’m sure by next Monday, I’ll be coming off my sugary-kids-at-home-high and will be at the beginning stages of the please-let-me-snuggle-with-my-books-alone condition. Oh, these kids, they are so lucky to have me.
They can’t get away from me. I’m watching…
And, yes, I am actually thankful for my youngest’s fake smile in this picture. It’s a step up from his class picture.
While I know this time of year may be my very favorite, the holidays may bring great anxiety and pain to your heart. If so, know that you are deeply loved by the very One whose birth we celebrate this time of year. To some, that may seem like crazy talk, but let me assure you, you are loved.
In light of the social media controversy this week, my older kids and I have had several conversations about the brokenness of all of us, the pain of our brokenness, and the Hope for our brokenness. I reminded my children (and as it turns out, reminded myself) of my own brokenness, pain, and the One who loved me enough to save me from myself. I don’t know if you know my story, but through my sin and rebellion, I made an insurmountable mess of my life that left a destructive and painful wake. It’s a scandalous story, full of sin and shame. I’m not proud of it…in fact, the older I get, the more I want to forget that part of my life and keep it quiet, but to silence my story would be to strip Christ of the miracle He did and continues to do in my life. No matter where you find yourself this Christmas, know that you are not out of reach of His Love.
It’s my very favorite thing. His Love. It’s the balm to my brokenness and the salve to my soul. It is my Jesus. Some say it’s my crutch. Please don’t reduce it to that. He is so much more. It’s not that difficult for me to admit that I need a Rescuer. I’ve tried to rescue myself and it always, always ends in a mess.
My youngest asked the questions that I think we should all ask this time of year…
“For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only Son…and all who believe will have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Indeed, Jesus, the representation of God’s Great LOVE for us, He is most certainly my favorite thing. Oh, friend, how He loves you.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some baking to do.