Devotional: 1 John 2 // Merry Christmas!

Stay with what you heard from the beginning, the original message. Let it sink into your life. If what you heard from the beginning lives deeply in you, you will live deeply in both Son and Father. This is exactly what Christ promised: eternal life, real life! 1 John 2:24 MSG

This will be my last blog until January 1st! Just a heads up y’all. We’re leaving tomorrow and will be gone for a couple of days, so I’m going to take a little bit of a break and will continue in 2013. Wow. That’s weird to write.

This verse is so good though, it’ll keep you pondering until then.

The original message. Stay with that.

Don’t just think about the Gospel in your mind, let it sink down deep into your heart and soul. Live by it, daily.

Meditate on it. Dwell on it. The things the Son did for us, the things he is doing for us, and the things he will do for us.

This is what keeps us going as Christians.

We know we are in a race. And races aren’t always easy… but we also know that we finish first.

We may not finish each part of the race first, but in the end, our team wins. And that’s what Christ promises us.

In the end we win. We don’t lose out on that hope.

Keep that in mind. Dwell on that. He is with us, Emmanuel.

Praise God!

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I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas. We had a fantastic Christmas. The lack of terrible weather in our area (I blame God 😉 was very much welcomed!).

Christmas Eve started as most days. I put Judah in the bed with Lucy to wake her up. She started putting the covers over them and they were both laughing. She said they were “playnin”.

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Later that evening we went to my dad’s house for Christmas over there. Lucy got a GIANT teddy bear. At first she was a lil bit freaked out by it, but by the end of the night, she was tackling it like a football player.

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Judah liked the bear too.

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We came home, got in our PJ’s and went to bed to wait for SANTA. And…

 

He came!

Judah was chompin at the bit to get into his gifts.

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By this time (2 Christmas’ under the belt) Lucy knew what to do.

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Judah got a nice teething toy.

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Lucy got an attitude and style.

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Later we went to MawMaws for Christmas lunch. Which was great, as always. And Lucy did what she does best. Opened presents!

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Yep.  A princess castle. So far – she’s played with this more than anything.

 

After, our bad weather, lightened up and we got a BEAUTIFUL complete rainbow right outside our door.

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It was so amazing to see the storm behind the rainbow. There was lightening. And I caught it.

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How cool is that?

 

And Lucy has also enjoyed her Talking Tom. You know the silly little iphone app? Well, they make a real one, and he’s pretty great. Looks just like the app. His mouth moves and everything. And Lucy keeps him on and mocking her.

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His heart glows when he’s listening. How sweet.

 

Wesley got me some new workout gear (score!), a very nice sweater, and a can opener. I know, can opener? Well, if you’d been using the one I’ve been using, you’d be excited about a new one too. It’s a super nice one too. Pretty much set for life with this thing.

 

We’re planning our trip – going to help out at a youth camp and stop by and do some Christmas visiting with my other family. They live in Montgomery. I’m super excited about getting to visit them. Since Lucy’s been born, we haven’t been able to go see them. They’ve come to us, so we owe them a trip (or two!).

 

So we have one more Christmas to do and then we’ll be done and ready to begin 2013.

 

Hope you got everything you wanted!

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