Happy Advent!! My heart is full of joy as we begin this great season. I am so thankful right now for the many blessings God continues to shower down upon me. I know that Thanksgiving was a week ago, but my heart is overwhelmed with how blessed I am.
I want to take this opportunity to share about my parents, and how blessed I am to have them. They have been married for 31 years now, and are both incredibly full of faith. Last year, my Mom was diagnosed with Lupus, an auto-immune disease affecting the nervous system. So physical and emotionally, she has been struggling. I often wonder why we have to suffer, why people are affected with sickness and affliction. The key, I have learned, is to offer everything to the Lord. So many graces flow from suffering. During my Mom’s suffering, she has really grown in her faith, offering it all to the Lord knowing that He is a God who never abandons us. A major grace that I have received is that I now truly see what a true marriage is like. My parents are truly living out their vocation. The love my parents have for each other, the fact that Christ is the center of their marriage, and seeing how my Dad is constantly there for my Mom as she struggles with Lupus.
In my heart, I need to keep recognizing all of the blessings that God gives me. As we turn to this wonderful season of Advent, it’s time to prepare the way of the Lord. Jesus is coming. Am I ready? One way I plan on preparing is by really seeking to give God glory in EVERYTHING I say and do. Even in the little acts, I want to bring God unending glory. So how can I do this? In my daily interactions with people, Advent really sparks me to just pour out love. In little tasks that normally might seem not fun or exciting, I need to embrace them by doing them for God. That is the question I need to keep asking myself, especially now as we prepare the way of the Lord: Who do I do things for, God or myself?
This Advent, I desire to take the time to really thank God for all of His blessings. I desire to bring Him glory in all my words and actions. I desire for my witness to lead others closer to Christ. I desire to really take the time to reach out to others, to put their needs before my own. I desire to truly prepare my heart for the coming of the Lord.
Prepare the way of the Lord!