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cookies and candles

Merry Christmas Eve! This past week was not what I envisioned as the week leading up to Christmas! The Baby Rae’s well visit turned into a sick visit as she became sick all over the Baby J and me literally on the sidewalk on the way into the doctor’s office. I am always ready for an excuse to go on a cleaning rampage, but having to frantically sanitize on a Monday evening after a three hour doctor visit with all four littles was not my idea of a good time!

What are you doing this Christmas Eve? My hubs had to work this morning, but the estrogen army and me stayed in pajamas and made cookies for Santa. I cringed inwardly as the flour fell like snow all around the table and I found little feet skating through it like an ice rink. I managed to keep it together (wink, wink). I am not a cookie maker. They tasted good, though. Whew.

I look forward to the candle light service each Christmas Eve. I love the moment to stop and focus on the miracle of God coming to earth as a Baby. He did that for me and you! I am in awe that He is personal and is the Great High Priest Who understands each struggle and fear we have. He sympathizes with us, which is what I have learned this week. He is patient when my expectations for myself are unrealistic. When life happens and I miss spending my morning few minutes with Him, He understands that in this time of life, the little ones get sick and I have to be there to take care of them. He knows my heart and my intentions. He loves me despite my imperfections. How amazing is it that God Himself loves me and you that much!

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 4:14-16

Rest in His peace and love, no matter what struggles you may feel right now. Take minute to sit in quiet and remember how great His love is that He came to earth as a tiny newborn. May you know without a doubt how personal and caring He is. There is nothing else you can do to make Him love you any more or any less. Praise Him! Merry Christmas!



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