If You’re Needing Something to Smile About…

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Light

Nebraska December SkyI’ve been thinking about how life would be without light. It occurred to me as I was enjoying the gorgeous sky today, life would not be without light. I would see nothing. Nothing could grow. No color. Depressing. Scary.

Consider that, and then ponder how Jesus came as the Light of the World. As the people of Israel were promised, He came.

The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great Light,
And those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death,
Upon them a Light dawned.

Thanks to Him, I don’t have to walk in darkness. I don’t have to be afraid. I have true life.

Even now, if you feel like you live in a dark land, His light still shines into hearts today. He is light and in Him there is not even one tiny bit of darkness.

Forever Grateful.

 

Creator

I got to do a Bible study on Genesis 1 & 2 this fall. I loved it! One of the ideas that struck me was how Jesus didn’t begin when He was born as a baby. He was present at creation. He spoke the universe into existence. That truth makes Christmas even more powerful.

I’m thankful Jesus isn’t just a baby but also a mighty Creator.

Now if you’d like to get a new look at some of His Nebraska creations, you must check out the Nebraska Project. The time lapse of the stars is stunning. If you don’t already live here, you’ll be jealous.

He Is Here

I failed to jump on the telling you what I’m thankful for bandwagon in November, and not because I’m not thankful. I just never accomplished it. Now that it’s December, I’ve decided to focus my December posts on why I’m thankful for Jesus.

Today I’m thankful that I can say He is here. Emmanuel – God With Us.

I saw evidence of God being with us today when I stopped to see my friend Jailyn and her daughter Juliet. Juliet was admitted to the hospital again today for the 7th time in her 6 months of life. It has been a tough 6 months for their family, but when I saw Jailyn today I could still see joy, peace and Jesus shining through her. Jailyn would also tell you that it has been evident through the people placed in their path and events on their journey that God is with them.

I made sure to remind Juliet of that today too. “Jesus loves you and will always be with you.” She blinked in agreement and then fell asleep.

Juliet

I also believe God uses people to be an encouragement to those of us going through tough times; so if you have a desire to help brighten this family’s December, let me know and I’ll be happy to get you their address.

I hope you will see much evidence of His presence in your life this week!

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Christmas Memory

I have no Christmas picture of us to show you this year. We’re going to aim for a Valentine picture when you can see five faces instead of just four faces and a big belly. However, I do have somewhere good to direct you.

In honor of Christmas, because I enjoy childhood memories and especially ones that happened in Nebraska, I would encourage you to step on over to the Bethany Fiction blog to read a heart warming post about a Christmas memory. I promise it did happen in Nebraska even if she doesn’t say it in the post.

As Mary says at the end of her post, “Remember that God is at the heart of your Christmas joy.” Really, what moments of true joy aren’t a gift from above?