“We wouldn’t even need scripted drama for a show. We have a crazy family.” says one of my children on Christmas Eve morning.

And the day went on much the same, and I thought I’d lose my mind.

But I can’t help but think this is what the Lord chose for the angel to announce to the shepherds that first Christmas Day, to the everyday, ordinary, sheep herders.

“I bring you good news
that will bring great JOY
to all people.”

Luke 2:10

God. Gives. And His gifts bring JOY. And He gives it to all people. Even frazzled, intense, weary mamas? Especially.

May you have a drama-free, laughter-filled, peace-flowing, grace-flooded Christmas!

And these are the words that have been on replay in my mind, pumping life through my weary heart all of Advent…

“Since He did not spare even
His own Son but gave Him up for us all,
won’t He also give us everything else?”

Romans 8:32

Won’t He? Yes, soul.

“So if you sinful people
know how to give
good gifts to your children,
how much more will your
heavenly Father give good gifts
to those who ask Him?”
Matthew 7:11

How much more? We cannot fathom how much abundantly more.

And Ann Voskamp said it perfectly…“Hey Soul? It’s *okay* that you didn’t get it all done. And that it’s messy & far from perfect. Smile relief, keep smiling relief: The One coming to the manger, is the Messiah who assures you: It. Is. Finished. He came to do it all… so you don’t have to stress at all. The point of Christmas is you can *rest in His perfection*— because He embraces you in your *imperfection.* Your greatest gift is that He loves you for *being*— not doing. “The LORD appeared to us… saying: I have loved you with an *everlasting* love…”Jeremiah 31:3

May you have a drama-free,
laughter-filled, peace-flowing,
grace-flooded Christmas!