Christmas is the time of the year where it seems to be all about GIFTS. We celebrate the gift of God’s son, Jesus, coming to the world, but we also spend LOTs of time and money on gifts for each other and, let’s be honest, sometimes ourselves. Tis the season for gifting and regifting, and sometimes forgetting the daily gifts we have around us each day.
As I am winding down the year with my word, EMBRACE, and headed into a new year of life, and a new mindset of pregnancy and motherhood, I am trying to stay mindful of the gifts that are all around me.
I know this child inside of me is a GIFT. I have felt that from the very start, and I pray that my husband and I can steward our gift well! When I first fell in love with my husband and ever since, I have thanked God for the GIFT that he is in my life.
The more I have thought about gifts, both tangible and intangible, I realized I have gifts surrounding me each and every day.
The gift of my family who raised me and sent me out into the world with so much love and support.
The gift of a new job and coworkers as I learn and grow to be a better counselor.
The gift of a church family and friend group who pursue Jesus and seek to show his love in the world.
The gift of friends near and far, with whom I can connect with on soul levels and rejoice at each monumental step along the way.
The gift of a slow morning every now and then, reminding me that even Jesus took the time to rest.
The gift of fresh, crisp winter air as I walk outside, when normally I would have complained about the cold.
The gift of a cool drink of water, as I prepare for my day or for bed.
It is amazing the place my mind and heart have started to settle into as I have intentionally chosen to EMBRACE this past year.
As we remember this past year of 2018 and look forward to the new year of 2019, I would encourage you to set an intention, a word or theme for your next year. Maybe you will not achieve every single one of your goals to the full (I sure did NOT), but you may gain a new mindset and heartset as you choose to walk forward in faith and remember with new eyes.
Each day is a gift, each breath is a gift, and I pray we embrace it all!