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The other day I found myself in a bit of a pickle. After hiking what should have been just 14.7 miles but was in reality 16.5 miles, all I wanted was a ride to a gas station so I could call Uber. I just needed to be on a street with a cell phone signal. 

I was passed by a dozen cars as I tried to flag someone down. Finally, a beat up white car stopped. I was so grateful! I ran to the car and jumped in. It took an act of kindness and generosity to stop for me, a stranger. But when Joe from Arkansas heard about my adventure and where my car was, he went above and beyond and drove me all the way. What an example of generous behavior! He did it out of kindness, not expecting anything in return. 

Sadly, our nation has become so independent, so self focused, we’ve lost the art of community. 

I want to be like Joe. Willing to help someone out for the pure sake of helping a person out. 

Happy Thursday!

Sharing with Lyli.

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ChristmasIsAWrap

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dear Santa,

Well that’s a wrap. Christmas 2015 is safely tucked into the memory books of billions of people around the world. I want to say thank you for being born. For loving Jesus the way you did. For living for Jesus and shining the light of his love in your world by being generous to all the folks you lived near. I know the Lord must have greeted you in heaven with his infamous “Well done good and faithful servant.” I’m looking forward to meeting you in heaven one day. 

I hope you don’t feel bad by the way us people down here have taken your name and story and blown it way out of proportion. Ascribing power to you that is really only found in Christ. The way I see it, your story points the way to the real reason for the season. Jesus. This really is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the one season that is still socially acceptable to sing the praise songs. To hear them on the radio. To tell the story of the birth of Christ. For folks to go to church for tradition’s sake. 

God is not dead, nor does he sleep. 

So Santa, thanks again for leading the ones who haven’t met Jesus to the real reason for CHRISTmas. It’s pretty sneaky, but I see how the Lord is using you to bring his sheep home.

See you next year!

Love Michelle

SilentNightHolyNight

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dear world,

I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas time! I mean that sincerely. I confess I haven’t looked at the news at all over the last several days. Because I have my whole little family together. And we are laughing and loving and road tripping and birthday celebrating! And I am so thankful! Next to Jesus, this is what Christmas time is all about for me. I hope this is the way your Christmas time is for you too! 

And for those of you who are having a hard Christmas, my prayer for you is that you are wrapped in the arms of the merciful, loving peace of God in Christ Jesus. And if you haven’t met him yet, I pray you would search for him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. He is standing right in front of you. Waiting for you to call on his name. Waiting to give you the gift of himself. It’s Christmas. The perfect time for gifts. God bless you world!

Love Michelle

Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.