Below is a little something I wrote specifically for our Mother’s Day Out newsletter. It is for all us Moms in the trenches with our tiny ones, making messes, memories, and trying to have fun along the way!

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:17-21

Merry Christmas! So much of my heart for each of us is that we will know how loved we are – to understand and deeply know that we are amazing, and powerful, and just so, so loved. When our head and heart acknowledge the incredible within us, we are free to lavishly love, admire, and support others. Gone will be the temptation to guard ourselves, or to pretend perfection, or hold friendships at arm’s length. When we truly get just how much God loves us, we will be set free to spread unabashed love and joy regardless of the recipient or the expected reciprocation.

The Christmas season is all about celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus. Because of the Father’s great love for us, He gave His only Son for us so that all who believe in Him will live forevermore. As I’m sitting and typing this, the overwhelming feeling of JOY keeps flickering in my heart. Friends, are we joyful? Are you overcome with thanksgiving at the Father’s precious and pure love? I can’t help but smile. I am so loved. And just this revelation pushes me to extend the same radical and under-appreciated love to others. Not because of who they are or what they could do for me, but because we are dearly loved, adopted into the royal family, sons and daughters.

“When we truly get just how much God loves us, we will be set free to spread unabashed joy…”

So, as I look ahead into my December calendar, with all the socials, cookie exchanges, parties, programs, caroling, and general cheer, my prayer is that I will not be overwhelmed or become weary in doing good, but that I will tap into the Source of all love and soak in His goodness. When my children are hyped up on sugar and the excitement of festivities, I will bask in the knowledge that our Father is supremely patient and delights in me. We are so loved.

If this is a difficult time of year for you, I gently encourage you to choose love and find ways to extend it to others. When we act in the opposite spirit of our feelings, and in alignment with God’s promises, we give rise to even greater freedom and healing for ourselves. Plus, I’m sure the other person will be surprised and so thankful for your kindness.

We truly are a blessed people. Let’s embrace the mindset of one dearly loved, for that’s just who we are. And then, let’s join together and rally around this love that conquers all.

 

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