The Christmas Tree


When I think of the beauty of a Christmas Tree, I am instantly taken back to the wonder of my childhood. I would often see a Christmas Tree and all the beautiful lights whether they were colored lights or simple white lights. The breathtaking ornaments that had the significance of a memory, or a snowman, elves, reindeer, or Santa himself. I always loved to see the Christmas Trees that were color coordinated. They always brought me a sense of joy and excitement. Although I didn’t grow up in a home that celebrated Christmas, this time of year always seemed to be a time of joy and celebration for a vast majority of people around us.

My husband and I have been married for almost eleven years and we have never put up a Christmas Tree. To be honest there was not a real desire to do so mainly because of the work involved. But something very special happened to me this summer. It was during the month of July as I was spending time with God and the anticipation of Christmas came over me. And for the very first time these words came forth from my lips “Father I would really love to put up a Christmas Tree this year.” In that moment I knew something different was happening within me. I was filled with a childlike joy at the thought of Christmas.

I remember sharing this news with my husband later that evening and he looked at me with that puzzled look on his face and the response of “REALLY?!”. I replied “YES I WOULD LOVE A CHRISTMAS TREE THIS YEAR”. His response to that was just a simple “OK”. Over the next few months I continued to mention the tree in my conversations with God. I can only describe it like a small child pulling on one of the legs of her Father and saying Daddy, Daddy…I would really like to have a Christmas Tree.

As the Holiday Season approached I remember one day going into a store to simply look at Trees and Holiday decorations. As I looked I began to notice that some of these decorations were on the costly side and the Christmas Tree was no small investment, and I will admit for a moment I was tempted to give up on having decorations or the Christmas Tree. But the confidence that God heard my request and because I know that his word says that He loves to give good gifts to His children was comforting to me in that moment.

Some weeks later I was asked post an item online for someone to sell on social media. Doing this required me to spend time on an area of social media that I normally didn’t spend much time on. But due to the consistent inquiries about the item for sale I had to check it and respond frequently. It was the same afternoon that the item sold that I saw a photograph of a Christmas Tree for sale posted. The amount listed for it was well within our budget. I sent an email inquiring if the Tree was still available and it was. Two days later my husband and I picked up our very first Christmas Tree.

I am constantly in Awe of how God is always cares for every detail of our lives. This was a huge request to me and the thought that He was wrapped up in every detail of the Christmas Tree back in the summer warms my heart with an even greater love for him. He is truly an Awesome Father!

Resting on His Shoulders

A few weeks ago I got to witness a remarkable event in the lives of two very dear friends of mine. I had the opportunity to witness an adoption proceeding. I remember getting to see the high energy and joy of my friends. This had been a lengthy process with many curves along the way but the day finally arrived. Both of their boys were dressed in their Sunday best along with the gifts they received that same morning. You could also see the joy on the faces of the women who worked diligently to ensure everything that needed to happen, legally, for this day was done. At one point there was some nervousness that entered the atmosphere as some paperwork came into question. However, it was quickly cleared up so the adoption could proceed.
There is one thing I remember the most about the day. My friend boosted his son over his head to put him onto his shoulders. The look of joy and excitement on his little face was so very priceless. His Aunt was teasing him and playing with him with sounds she was making that brought such a deep rooted laughter from within him. It was in that moment that the Lord began to speak to me. He said to me “You see how he is just resting upon his Father’s shoulders without a worry or fear of his Father dropping him or anything happening?” “This is my desire for you to be that way with me. That you would be in such a place of rest and trust that you can have the same joy you see him experiencing. Truly this is my heart for all of my children.” At that moment a blissful feeling of His great love came over me. Him loving me and the world so much that He wants us to be in a place of total peace, rest as well as incredible joy.
As we entered the courtroom to begin the hearing I could see the Father’s heart being put onto display right in front of me. Here is this beautiful young child who at one time was an orphan and homeless. This Amazing couple answered the call to bring him into their home and he was no longer an orphan or homeless. He is now a Son and part of an Amazing family. The entire purpose of why Jesus came was to reconcile us back to him, to give us Sonship, and place us into His Eternal family. And in the midst of it all He wants us to rest on His Shoulders as Beloved Children. Oh what a love!
As the adoption hearing began to close and the judge saw fit that my two friends should now become his parents. The judge called out his new last name. There was not a dry eye in the room from the case workers, both sets of grandparents, the new adopting parents, and myself. I will forever be reminded of this day and forever thankful that Father invites me to simply Rest on His Shoulders.