Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

To think that the Creator of everything in the universe wanted so badly to have a personal relationship with me, that He sent His only son. His son was born to a girl of no importance in her world.
Why not in a palace?

He lived sinless. He died a brutal death so that I, who can not be sinless, could have that personal relationship with the Creator.
Why not another way?

If I only believe, look to the Creator, and ask for Him, I am His.
Why don't I have to do more?

I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”~ Philip Yancey

It is amazing to realize, in reverse, that the universe's Creator became a flesh and blood man to show us Who He is. God still chooses to work through unlikely people. And His death, as the only sacrifice without sin, paid the price for our sin and unfaithfulness. It doesn't always make sense, but with faith while looking in reverse, we can start to understand and be thankful.

In 2013, we have been learning more about faith and trust:
    Our house being on the market for a short sale since June 1...
    Not yet knowing where we will live after the sale closes...
    Mike being out of work for 6 weeks for hernia repair surgery...
    Cars breaking down while Mike is out of work...
We could say “Why, God? Why now? Why us?” Instead, we choose to trust that God knew about this before we did. This is not a surprise to Him, and He will provide. He has been providing and blessing us in many ways that overwhelm us including...
    A local mission that provides dinners, pantry food, and love...
    Money to repair the truck brakes...
    Friends letting us borrow a car until we can replace of the one that failed inspection... Church family showing their love with gifts of food, money, gifts, themselves...
And even if this is only to teach us to completely trust Him, it will “...make sense in reverse.”

With love and prayers that God blesses you far above anything you could even imagine (Ephesians 3:20)…

Merry Christmas!

~ Mike, Mindy, Jesse, Seth, and Cassie

This life, this love, was always meant to be 
A wild, crazy adventure, discovering The thrill, the rush, 
the more of You I see The more it leaves me wanting 
You're everything, You're everything
- Bethel MusicJenn Johnson - Chasing You
From the album Tides


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