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I’ll be Home For Christmas


I’m a pretty big Christmas fan. I have quite a few, rather embarrassing, home videos to prove it. There’s just nothing like the Christmas season. I love the smell of sugar cookies, drinking peppermint hot chocolate, seeing a tree all lit up, and listening to the songs reserved for that one special time of year (after Thanksgiving of course.) One Christmas song in particular hits a bit different for me this year: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”

Spending the last 7 Christmas’s away from home, has given me a new found importance of being home for Christmas. These last couple of years have been pretty tough. For some more than others. For me, the hard times have truly brought me back to what matters most. Being with family. It’s nice to know that God is always in control. He knows our deepest desires more than anyone. He isn’t afraid of the rough seasons. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” It seems as though the confusing and lonely seasons in our lives cause us to do these two things: trust and submit. When we do, I love the promise that follows: He will make our paths straight. He has truly made my winding path’s straight.

This Christmas will be a special one for me, an answer to the longing in my heart. If you feel like your path in life is lonely, confusing, or scary I encourage you: trust and submit. Your deepest desires are in God’s hands. He will lead you to the most important things. I hope this Christmas season you can rest in his plan for your life and receive the promises he has in store for you.


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