I don't know about you, but I've been bitten with the holiday bug! We've had the wonderful opportunity this weekend to just sit back and take in the joy of the season. Y'all, that's Jesus. He's transformed us through the renewing of our minds. He's allowed us to look at Him, instead of at our circumstances, which are trivial when you cover them with the power of His Name. I'm just sitting in complete delight this afternoon, as I consider all that He's done for me.
Last night, we had the blessing of celebrating Christmas with Brian's parents. I thought you might enjoy sneaking a peek of our time together.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
Brian got to show off his mad cooking skills to make sweet potatoes and onions. Yummy! A good 'ole Southern delight!
This is that yucky coffee that is actually cat poop, or something like that. Like, it's coffee beans that have been passed through a cat. It's supposed to be more flavorful. Sorry, if I just made you toss your cookies. It was a cultural experience.
Paper packages all tied up with string.
Josh and Lauren (aka - the most giving couple you've ever met)
The men folk
Okay, this was the neatest thing ever. Judy had two small undecorated trees. Then, she prepared each of these symbolic ornaments with a different name of Jesus. We each took one and read the scripture that went with the ornament. Then, we hung our ornament on the tree to symbolize a name of Jesus. So, very cool!
The gift giving. The grand finale.
Oh, wait! Dessert was the grand finale!
I'll have to admit that this Christmas seems particularly special to me. I'm just in awe of God's power to give life, through the life of a baby, Jesus. Each time I think about that sweet baby boy, my body covers in chills. Thank you, Jesus, for helping me to glimpse (in a very small way) what you've done for me. I am so unworthy, yet you did it anyway. You love me that much. And, He loves you that much. Incredible. Completely incredible.