Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a very special day. I love you!

Sunday, December 15, 2013


we went to the Story tour!
 Happy times!  We are getting ready for Christmas, and having fun decorating, and preparing:) I love this time of year- and I love the Christmas songs and the worship during Advent.  Everything here is pretty good, actually. The weather has been ok (ok, not great, but not awful either), the traffic is bad, but expected (I only want to move about once a day:), and school is just plugging along (really, we don't look like this all the time).

So... what is this feeling?  What is this I'm hearing over and over again?

Well, I have heard several times over the past week (like literally, from Christian-leadership-type people) to just move- not, like, from the couch, or to another house- but spiritually- move.

To start somewhere.

Even if I can't be sure of the end goal, starting to move is imperative.

It's been a busy few months- the good kind of busy- but very, very busy.  We've had company, Halloween, traveling out of town, school, co-op, friends in crisis mode, youth retreats, doctors appointments, Thanksgiving, asthma exacerbation, more friends in crisis mode, families in crisis mode... I'm sure you get the idea... I'm sure many can relate... I'm also sure that my busy-ness pales in comparison to others'

I've had this nagging feeling, though, you know the kind:  I'm missing something, I've forgotten something, I've missed the boat...

And then Jen Hatmaker came to town to speak at my church (and I love my church- and now Jen, too- I challenge you to look her up and read about what she is doing)...

AND it's advent- prepare for God- Christmas- Birth of Christ- Emmanuel- Hope- God with us-

And it's still busy- but now I feel convicted to move.  And I don't know what my ministry is going to look like, and I don't even have a goal in mind, but I know I need to move.

Sometimes, I think, I've got this, I'm doing everything I'm supposed to be doing, but when that happens- when it gets comfortable- I think... wow... and I just keep thinking (dangerous, right?).

Here's the thing:  God came to Earth... He came for us.  He commanded us to go.  He said go- make disciples of all nations- not just the neighborhood you live in, not just the people across the street (although, that might be a good starting place), not just the people you're comfortable talking to... All nations. Make disciples. Go. Share the Light of Christ with all people...

and this:

do not be afraid. fear not.

I'm thinking I have some work to do. (and some more thinking. but even more moving!)

AND... it's Christmas-time!!  It's a wonderful time to go to church!  It's a beautiful time to renew or start your relationship with Christ.