We have also seen God's goodness through others' in ways we've never expected. Talk about blown away on Christmas morning. Both sets of grandparents showered the girls with everything they needed and more! New clothes, pajamas, passes to Knott's Berry Farm! We are reminded of what is truly important as little things around our house seem to be falling apart, we recognize the strength in its foundation. We recognize the only way we are going to stand is to stand firm upon our God and His providing, His plan, His wisdom. One of our favorite things to do on Christmas morning is to have everyone over for pancake breakfast. It's an Open House type of thing, and we LOVE hosting this event.
One of the most amazing moments of the season came after our daughter Lauren got her tonsils out a couple of weeks ago. I sat with her for a much longer recovery period than originally expected. I got to read her prayer journal. I got to see and hear her heart when I could hardly hear her voice. In reading her journal, I got a glimpse into what her relationship with her Lord is. It was so beautiful to see that she gets it. She gets that God is her ultimate healer, her ultimate provider and caretaker, her ultimate comfort when this world lets her down, when life lets her down, and when we let her down.
I think of how many times I must settle down to hear God's voice. I have to prune away all the unnecessary stuff to get to the root of what He's telling me. I have to stop, even write down what He's teaching me.
Today I was writing things I was thankful for. I wrote down my joy in Him and understanding patience better. I quickly thought, "There's a verse that says those things in it somewhere." I found it and also read the next verse.
Romans 12:12-13 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality."