"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21
The joy of a babe growing inside of you is one of the most wonderful gifts a woman can experience. Something we have been longing and praying for for my sister. So as we anticipate the arrival of a king baby it feels like there is an extra amount of anticipation and thankfulness as the babe inside Joanna's womb grows.
The world was longing and groaning for a savior; someone to rescue and protect them. A king that would come in pomp and circumstance and destroy all their enemies so that they could live in safety and freedom, but their miracle king defied all their expectations. He came as a baby, born in a humble stable with sheep and shepherds as his first guests. How could a baby destroy all our enemies so that we could live in freedom? Because that baby in all his wonder and humility would grow to be a man who would die in our place and become king of our hearts. This is why we worship this humble babe this christmas.
So I stand amazed at the reflection of God's mercy and grace in the babe growing inside my sisters belly. May this little one know the baby king that gave him life and came to rescue and free his soul. We have so much to celebrate!!
I grew up on the bow of a sailboat with my dad at the helm. I like to think that sailing is in my blood, and it's gotten passed down to my kiddos. We love to be on the water, it's that place that feels more like home than the land does. Every year we pack up the campers, teddy bears, and lifejackets and head to Bayfield WI for a week of sailboat races, campfires, and lots of laughs. It's our yearly home away from home. And just like Enya sings...
"Carry me on the waves to the lands I've never been, Carry me on the waves to the lands I've never seen. We can sail, we can sail with the Orinoco Flow,