As I sit here typing, “It Is Well” by Bethel Music plays in the background and I’m feeling so very grateful. This year has had some wild highs and some very low lows, but all in all we made it to the end and, it is well with my soul. We’re spending our first Christmas in Wally Cottage and it’s finally starting to feel warm and cozy here. Most nights there is a blazing fire in the fireplace, candles lit, Christmas music playing and when Jeff agrees, a Christmas movie playing on the TV! All things lovely and traditional.
It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the busy and Hallmark that comes this time of year though, and I admittedly fell into it at times. I get it, it’s hard not to and I want to do better in future years. But now that the Christmas shopping has been wrapped up and family is making their way to town it feels like the magic of the season is finally arriving. For us, Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior and all that He has done for us. As much as I love the twinkling lights, the beautiful ornaments, Christmas music, and Christmas parties galore …I love Jesus more. He is the reason for the season and I don’t want that to be forgotten. Now more than ever we need the power of our God here on Earth and for His children to come back to Him. I can’t help but smile as Christmas carols play throughout department stores and in restaurants. Jesus has not yet been forgotten in those carols and for that I think He too looks down and smiles.
So, Wally Cottage & home decor..if you’ve been around here for any length of time then you’re no stranger to the fact that I love home decor and making our house a home. But it goes beyond decor and having “nice things.” We have been given this home for a purpose, one that I know is greater than us. I want our home to be a place where people feel welcome, where the love of Christ is shown and where His name is lifted up! I want others to feel God’s presence in this place and know they are safe and loved on when they come through the door. During the Summer months we sat on our back porch with a glass of wine and watched the sunset most evenings, we had BBQ’s, game nights and started to fill our home with memories. Once the months turned colder we had the privilege of hosting several holidays; a Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Eve and two Christmases.. one with each of our families. My heart is so full as I think about all of the memories we’ve been lucky enough to make here in just 8 months.
I know that these memories.. the time spent with family and friends was part of God’s greater purpose for our home. It’s within these walls we’ve played telestrations and laughed for hours with our friends, it’s within these walls where I learned one of my best friends was pregnant, it’s within these walls where a deeper understanding of God’s care for us was made clear, it’s within these walls where my niece and nephews ran up and down the hall playing together making memories of their own, it’s within these walls we got ready for our best friend’s wedding, it’s within these walls where our friends and family surrounded us when times were hard, and it’s within these walls where I once doubted but now feel God’s incredible peace.
(our 2015 ornament picks!)
As I sit here typing, nothing more than the sound of the keyboard clicking (because apparently I can’t write with other sounds in the background ;)), I’m reminded of the deeper reason for why I love sharing posts like these. Sure I’m excited to share the sparkle and twinkle of Christmas spread throughout our home, but it brings me even more joy to share with you just how good our God is.
With out Him, we wouldn’t have any of this. Whether you know Him or wish the world would forget Him, He is there and He cares for you individually. He loves you and watches over you. Oh to be a child of the King. That is what you are. What a sweet, sweet blessing.
Merry Christmas from our family to you! We hope you remember just how much the God of this world loves you!