A couple of weeks ago I was praying for God to send His angels to protect our family, specifically for Him to protect my children. I remember sitting there writing in my journal and I was so focused on what I was writing.
Whenever I journal the peace of God always comes rushing over me. I love how prayer does that. I can take anything to God, and I do. I’ve joked before that some of my journals will need to be burned before I die! God knows every part of me , even the parts that are not so beautiful and the parts I am fully ashamed of, but He knows. If I can’t tell Him everything, then who would I tell?
Once I was done journaling my prayer it was time to take my children to school. I told them to get their shoes and coats on, and to load up into the van. As I was getting ready to leave, my youngest daughter came up to me and asked me if I wanted to see the picture she drew that morning while I was journaling my prayer. I told her I would look at it as soon as we got into the car, and I told her to bring the picture with her.
As soon as I got in the driver’s seat of my van, my youngest daughter (who sits behind me in the van) puts the piece of paper with her picture on it beside my face and says, “ You want to see my picture now?” I told her yes and as I grabbed the piece of paper from her little hands I couldn’t believe what I saw. My heart just kind of stopped, that peace that surpasses all understanding came back again in that moment. During my prayer time, when I was asking God to send His angels to protect us, my 9 year old daughter was drawing a picture of an ANGEL!
Do you ever have those moments? Where God validates everything you are praying for? I couldn’t believe what my little girl drew. The picture of the angel was beautiful and it was unlike any other angel she had drawn before.
I can’t even tell you how many times God has used my three children to simply show me His presence in my life. So often we can get to the point where we think we have to seek these BIG moments, and that God only shows up in certain places, but I’m here to tell you God is showing up every single day at YOUR HOME, your work, in your life!
One of my favorite speakers is Graham Cooke, and he talks about how it’s kind of ridiculous that we pray for the presence of God to show up when in fact we are His presence! He talks about how we need to PRACTICE presence, not pray for it.
God showed up when I least expected it. He didn’t show up through some preacher, or even on Facebook. God used my daughter to show me that He was there and He heard my prayer , and that the angels were already there.
Not to mention, later that day my oldest daughter asked me if she could use my jewelry making kit to fix a necklace she had, which just happened to be a necklace with an angel on it. A necklace she hadn’t worn in years, and just that day decided she wanted to fix it and wear it again.
At that point I was incredibly overwhelmed by God, and His presence that simply SHOWED UP. I didn’t ask for a sign, but God gave me TWO just because He could!
God is always waiting to overwhelm you. My heart is unsettled by so many things, one of them being my reliance on anyone, or anything, other than God. I’ve definitely had to separate myself from these idols in order to see Him better.
It has definitely been better. More genuine, and more sincere. God is sincere. He truly loves to show up in our lives. Every single day. Even in the messy day to day life, I think that’s His favorite time to show up. It’s almost like God is that friend who pops over unexpectedly when your house is a total mess, and you are working so hard just to try and keep your head above water. Then He shows up, and it’s like this breath of fresh air reminding you that you are never alone, and that He has never left you nor forsaken you.
I never want to do this life alone. The older I get the more I realize that sincerity matters, and God is sincere. My heart desired a true connection with God, and even with my children, and in that moment God showed up and revealed the true connection that was already there …
No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.