Christmas – it’s a funny time for me.

You see, my family makes lists. Each year, we have to come up with a laundry list of stuff we want for Christmas. And I struggle more every year to come up with such a list. Truth is, I already have the things that matter … a God who has gone to extreme lengths to guarantee my eternity, a beautiful family that loves me unconditionally, and more material things than I could ever need.

Mug

The best Christmas gifts are the ones we don’t expect.

That’s what makes the unexpected “little” gifts so enjoyable. The ones that come from friends or family, with no aid from any list. This year, a great friend and coworker, Nicole Forget, gave me such a gift, a mug that instantly evoked feelings of comfort and warmth. Not from the hot chocolate or coffee inside, but from what was artistically emblazoned on the outside.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

Amazingly enough, Nicole didn’t even know that Jeremiah 29:11 is my favorite bible verse. It’s a beautiful reminder from God than when all feels Continue reading

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