Today I woke up with a song in my heart. It wasn’t the birthday song, even though today is my birthday. It was a song of renewal. One of rededication and excitement. One of anticipation and rejuvenation.
Today I am excited to start a new year with The Lord. I am unusually anticipating the year to come. I had a long talk with Him today and committed to a few things, a few ways that our relationship can grow more intimately. I want to be sincerely passionate about my Savior this year.
And He wasted no time pouring out His love on me today.
After church we had a few minutes to hang a backdrop and put out some cookies. We made the hot chocolate, despite the summer temperatures. Folks would soon arrive for our Third Annual Family Christmas Pictures and we wanted them to feel welcomed and loved.
The coordinating outfits and smiles made my heart happy. People came that we have never met. They appreciated the opportunity to have their family together in one picture. It was a lovely occasion to love on people.
Directly after pictures, we hopped on a hayride for a Live Nativity around the neighborhood. Each scene of the Christmas story was played out at different stations around Countryside. Our neighborhood kiddos were the stars of the show and their hard work was evident in the songs and speaking parts. The Truth of Christmas was shared for all to hear.
As we rode on the hayride, my eyes welled with tears. Countryside was saturated with God’s people today. Some were riding around enjoying the scenes. Some were praying that lives would be changed. Some were singing Go Tell It On The Mountain to the top of their lungs. Some were making sure kiddos got to their places on time. All had the same agenda–to share the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus has come to save the world.
Jesus has come to save Countryside.
My heart was full today. I wouldn’t want to spend my birthday any other way–serving my Savior by sharing His Love Story with my neighbors.
Here’s to Year 34. May it be one of unprecedented passion.