Journey to the Manger: Celebrate Jesus!

On Christmas morning, Jackson and Lauren stand by our Journey to the Manger calendar, complete with Jesus!

On Christmas morning, Jackson and Lauren stand by our Journey to the Manger calendar, complete with Jesus!

Our Journey to the Manger has finally reached the stable, and we are celebrating the birth of Jesus this Christmas Day!

When we all woke up this morning, we gathered around our Advent calendar. Jackson reminded us that our Christmas countdown began with our Heavenly Father, and ends today with Jesus. Christmas is wrapped up in the blessings of God! God came to us at Christmas, offering Himself to us so we could personally know Him and feel His love.

Christmas is this:

God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

– John 3:16

Jesus

Jesus

We celebrate God’s presence today, His salvation and sacrifice! We believe not just that Jesus came for all the world, but that He came for us.

Before we opened our gifts today, we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and read the Christmas story in Luke 2. Later we will bake a birthday cake for our Savior!

This has been an amazing month of preparation, and now Christmas is here! We want to give special thanks to Focus on the Family and Thriving Family Magazine for the Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar.

May Jesus reign in your hearts this Christmas! It’s time to celebrate!!

Merry Christmas!

Through the cracked looking glass

Mowing accident

Mowing accident

Thirty minutes into Matt’s first excursion on our new lawnmower, the kids and I jump at a loud smack on a nearby window. Lauren starts crying as I realize what just happened, and I run outside like a crazy person trying to get my husband’s attention and direct it toward the collateral damage.

New lawnmower. New hole in the window. New frustration. New ways to spend more money.

That’s one way to see the spiderweb cracks in the window.

I can also choose to see the blessings through the broken glass.

We have double pane windows, and the rock that hurtled toward the house only went through one layer. My daughter was sitting right inside from this window playing Starfall on the computer, and could have been hit by the rock or shattered glass had it just been a single pane. God’s protection in this instance is marked by a broken window.

Believe me, I know life can be frustrating. We go through seasons when what could go wrong does, and we wonder if we’ll ever be able to catch a break.

Maybe the break we need isn’t a way out. God hasn’t left us. His blessings still surround us. We may just have to look through the broken glass rather than at the cracks.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

– John 16:33