Monday, December 24, 2012

merry christmas from the four of us

our most precious christmas gift came a few days early this year

she may not have been on time to grace our Christmas card but she graced our lives just in time. her name means Gift of Grace and that just what she's been to us.

Nyla Grace Penick

Born Sunday, December 16, 2012
at 7lbs 11oz and 19.5 inches long
and became a member of our family on Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Come quickly, Lord Jesus

i put Micah to nap after lunch, I made myself a sandwich and turned on the tv thinking i was going to watch some light afternoon tv while i worked on some christmas goodies, only to see the breaking news of a shooting at an elementary school in connecticut. 27 kids and teachers gone just like that.

my first thought:

oh Jesus, come quickly.

for those who trust in Jesus this world is not our ultimate home. we wait for heaven. but right now this temporary home is so completely screwed up. sin chokes the breath out of me. as a mother news like this scares the living daylights out of me.

i watch the news and put myself in those parents' shoes only for a millisecond, but the fear and grief that twists around my heart and chest is too much to stomach and i'm overwhelmed with the thought of getting that news myself. unimaginable. i change the channel. the news breaks all over the few channels we have. i turn off the tv unable to shake the sadness.

still, the thought does not leave me.

come quickly, Jesus.

we wait for heaven with hope, but today also with a heavy, heavy heart.

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