Sunday, December 5, 2010

Apply it to Me Monday

We are really enjoying getting to watch our girls enjoy the Christmas season!  Every Christmas tree they see is absolutely awe inspiring for them.  Saturday night we loaded up in Daddy's Jeep and drove through our neighborhood to see the lights that are up on houses so far.  The girls just squealed over even the least of the decorations.  What a joy to experience Christmas through the eyes of a 2 and 3 year old!
We find ourselves getting not so subtle reminders that our girls are growing up.  After we looked at Christmas lights Saturday night, I gave the girls a bath and washed their hair.  With her hair beautiful and shiny, Kylee wanted a picture in front of the tree. While getting ready to take the picture, I looked at her sweet face and saw resemblances of how she looked as a tiny baby.   I guess remembering that sweet little baby face is what made this picture so astonishing to me.

She is absolutely beautiful and is looking so grown for a 3 year old!

Doesn't that just melt your heart?  It nearly brings me to tears... but I love it!

Well, it's time for "Appy It to Me Monday!"  We really hope this becomes a source of great encouragement to you each week!  Here is today's verse:

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10:25

The Bible warns us as Christians that as end times approach we will become discouraged and tired.  The enemy wants us warn out and tired to the place that we have no energy or focus to oppose his efforts.  The writer of Hebrews gives us the solution for remaining strong in the midst of temptation to give into discouragement.  The solution?  To meet together and encourage one another with God's Word. 

When we are faithful to God's house and God's people we are going to build relationships that can't happen through watching a ministry program at home or reading a devotional.  In hard times, those relationships are the ones that will pour strength into our hearts and help us perservere until God sets all things right in His time.

We are so thankful for our church family.  Our prayer for you today is that you find the source of encouragement and strength you need through Godly friendships and the pastoral leadership of a local church if you have not already! 

Be blessed this week!

~Josh and Jill

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