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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Unplanned Christmas

If you are not reading the blog at Desiring God, then you should be.  It is truly a blessing and gospel centered in every post!  The posts this month have especially been a blessing to me and yesterday's post by Jon Bloom, one of the blog's contributors, "Joseph: Unplanned Detours" was no exception!

This year has held many unplanned things for our family; the joyful surprise of a new family member, JennaBeth and many not so joyful things.  However, as I reflect back on our 2009, I can trace the hand of God in everything!  As difficult as this year has been, I don't think I would change one thing about it.  God has been faithful and He continues to guide us.  It has been a grace-filled adventure learning more about what it means to truly trust in Him!

Here are a few lines from the end of the Desiring God post:

"The Holy Family's first few years were not tranquil. They were filled with grueling travel during the hardest part of pregnancy, a birth in worse than a barn, no steady income, an assassination attempt, two dessert crossings on foot with an infant, living in a foreign country, waiting on God for guidance and provisions just in the nick of time. It was difficult, expensive, time-consuming, career-delaying and full of uncertainty.
And it was God's will.
The unplanned, inefficient detours of our lives are planned by God. They are common for disciples, and they commonly don't make sense in the moment. But God's ways are not our ways because our lives are about him, not about us. He is orchestrating far more than we know in every unexpected event and delay.
So when you find yourself suddenly moving in a direction you had not planned, take heart, hold tight, and trust God's navigation." 
*Turn the player off in my sidebar to hear the video.

I pray you will be encouraged this Christmas and blessed beyond measure not in material things, but in the Grace and Peace of the Lord!

Doing less and enjoying more,


Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.