Christmas Countdown 2018 Day 21

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Good morning and oh my, oh my…it will be Christmas Eve in three short days. 

There is a load of sheets for Bed #1 in the dryer…rooms are being prepared, menus solidified in ink and lists are everywhere.

The last of the cards go in the mail today…I know what items are left to finish the stockings…and I woke at 4 am and had to force my eyes to shut and try to get some much needed sleep. 

Before I share today’s Scripture thought, I want to tell you about a picture I didn’t take yesterday. 

It is etched on my heart in HD quality…full color…and filed with some of my most treasured heart prints. 

Rachel had signed Joel up for a class at the Children’s Museum so we took all of them down to that area and let them play after school. Then we had pizza together and I took the other three home while she and Mr. Joely Bear had a date. 

We had finished baths, read some Christmas stories and as I held Miss Caroline on my hip, I supervised the older two boys putting away the stack of clean clothes outside their door. 

We heard Joel before we saw him…little voice already spilling out into the house as Rachel got his shoes off. Up the stairs he came with eyes dancing and a handful of Christmas crafts he had fashioned. 

Two brothers and a little sis gathered at the top of stairs while he showed every creation and gave us details on how he made it. 

His mom…our daughter…blocked the whole mess of wiggling bodies from tumbling down the stairs as they peered over one another to see what he had made and they were asking as many questions as he was providing narrative and over the top of it all, her eyes were quite possibly filled with more sparkles than his and she beamed as she mouthed a thank you to me. 

And that is a win for this mom and Lola…a treasure that moth and rust cannot destroy. Stored up in a heavenly place where the thieves of this world cannot access. 

We have our struggles with this band of brothers and will be facing soon as Little Miss Thing begins to exert her own will into the mess…but oh my…these moments are golden when they come and worthy of offering as a sweet praise of thanksgiving to our God who loves us and wants us to be like this…to gather around one another with love and support…cheering each other on.

So let’s look at today’s verse, shall we? 

And no surprise…it fits well with what God gave me last night.

I am including yesterday’s for context…

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 

John 17: 20 & 21 NKJV

I have written in the margin of my bible this note from a previous read through:

Unity – in that as different as we are, we all have our eyes on Jesus 

How beautiful it is when brothers get along…amen? 

Be blessed today as you fellowship with others who love Jesus and as you strive to come together in the unity of the Trinity.

Be generous with love and encouragement for those around you…the ones who are struggling..the ones who are celebrating big…the ones who are quiet and reserved…the ones who are loud and gregarious….the ponderers…the wanderers…and all the in-betweens.

For this is what Jesus prayed for us who love Him…that we would be one as He and the Father are one…

Him..Them…in all of us <3