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The Christmas Promise

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:45 NIV)

Sometimes we go through difficulties or hardships that seem to never end. Maybe even our faith gets shaken, as we question whether God will create a breakthrough.

When Elizabeth saw the young, pregnant Virgin Mary walking down the road toward her home, I can only imagine what went through her mind. An angel of the Lord visited both women with the good news that they were supernaturally pregnant.

Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, had struggled with infertility their whole marriage, yet the Lord considered them righteous (Luke 1:6-7).

This is how the Bible shows us that even though the children of God are made righteous through His blood, sometimes bad things still happen. Sickness invades us, or loss afflicts us. But there is still hope for those who believe.

Suddenly, Elizabeth saw the grace of God when she became pregnant with the prophet John at such an old age. She also witnessed how God took a poor virgin girl from a no-name town, and made her the mother of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of the world.

All of her prayers were miraculously answered after all that time!

What promises are you looking for the Lord to fulfill? Is it healing from sickness? Is it to get married or have a child? Or is it to pursue a career goal or lifelong dream?

The promise I am currently waiting for is healing from chronic illness, and I know God is faithful. If He can do wonders in Elizabeth and Mary, surely He can still work miracles in me.

Keep believing, lovely one. There is blessing in the waiting.

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Update on My Arm: I got my splint taken off on Wednesday! It feels so good to be out of it, but my arm is very stiff and weak. I am doing physical therapy at home, so please pray that I will gain strength and range of motion back.

Thank you so much for all of your support. I pray you all have a very merry Christmas!


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A Surprising Way to Cultivate Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving–a celebration of joy, gratitude, family, and delicious food. And while I plan on spending time with loved ones and going into a turkey coma, I can’t help but think of those who are overlooked this season.

You see, I know a woman whose teenage son died last weekend. Her heart is broken. I also know a family whose father is slowly dying of cancer. Their spirits are weary.

Where is the Thanksgiving turkey for these people? Most of the time we struggle to find gratitude in our everyday lives (myself included). How does remembering these hurting souls help us in cultivating a heart of gratitude?

The Calling

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV

God has given us a calling to bring the good news of the Gospel to others. Our calling is to feed the hungry, love the outcast, and comfort the brokenhearted.

However, we are so easily distracted by everyday problems that we don’t even notice those who are hurting right in front of us. We all go through seasons of hardship and loss. Right now I am battling a chronic illness, and sometimes I just want to lock myself in my room and focus on how bad I feel.

But the best way to experience healing and joy is by sharing the Gospel and helping somebody else.

True Gratitude

The moment we turn our focus outward and love the people around us is the moment we experience the love of Christ flowing through us. The moment we stop focusing on all of our problems and dedicate time to encourage others is the moment we experience an overflow of gratitude.

That’s powerful! Imagine shining a light by praying for someone you know is hurting, or volunteering to feed the hungry. Imagine inviting a person who has no place to go to your Thanksgiving dinner. Even a simple text message of encouragement makes more of an impact than we realize.

This, lovely one, is how you love your neighbor. And this is how you cultivate true gratitude.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15 NIV)

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Turkey, Family, and An Engagement?!

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Hello my dear readers and followers! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I surely did! The two people in the photo above are my brother Ben and his beautiful new fiance, Kayla…right after he proposed to her!

That’s right–the night before Thanksgiving we took Ben and Kayla (who came from out of state) downtown where he proposed to her. I was honored enough to get it on video. Congrats big brother!

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The next day was Thanksgiving, and we surely did have a lot of food! I am very thankful that I’ve never gone hungry in my life, and that my mom taught me how to cook like her!

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A little look on what was on my plate this year. Recently I have been put on a gluten and dairy free diet for my IBS, so there was no stuffing or dinner rolls for me this year. However, I did have some delicious turkey (smothered in cranberry sauce of course), and a little cheat with my mom’s famous meatballs.

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Later on that night we decorated our Christmas tree! My mom and grandma hid the pickle ornament (which we learned is a German tradition), and us “kids” had to find it. Kayla found it first, so she got to open her Christmas presents first!

We sort of had a combination holiday of Thanksgiving and Christmas–also known as Merry Thanksgivmas ^_^

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Here’s my Christmas present from my big brother! Ever since middle school, he has gotten me a bear from Build-a-Bear Workshop. It is his special way of keeping in touch with me since he lives out of state. No, I am not ashamed. I may be a grown woman, but you are never too old for a cuddly teddy bear!

This bear is super special because she is “Darth Emily!” Ben and I both love Star Wars (he got me into it lol), so this is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. She even smells like cotton candy!

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On Saturday my mom and I threw my brother and his fiance an engagement party at a nice Italian restaurant. Here are the decorations my aunt helped me set up!

I am so blessed to be able to see my brother and to witness his proposal. I love Kayla so much and can’t wait for her to be my new sister! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family. Although we may be small, our bond is strong. God has given me an amazing life, and I am very blessed <3

Thanks for reading! I am so glad that I got to share my holiday weekend with you. What did you do for Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Infinity Dreams Award!

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What love my Heavenly Father has lavished over me! Thanks to Katie at Concealed Foundation, I have been nominated for the Infinity Dreams Award! Thanks Katie, I love you to pieces. Someday I will have to create an award for your kindness <3. Please don’t forget to check out her blog dear readers–she writes about neat things.

Okay, so here are the rules for the award:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who tagged you
  • Answer the 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions

My Answer to Katie’s Questions:

1. What is your favorite thing to cook/bake?

Cupcakes/cake–something I can make look pretty.

2. Do you have any pets?

Yup! I have a fabulous fat cat named Lunabelle and a parakeet named Sunny Dee.
3. Blue or pink?

Blue–it’s just so calming and versatile. I guess maybe that’s why I switched my blog theme to that lol. Pink is awesome too.
4. What is your favorite flower?

Daisies! They are just so bright and sunny (I took daisy photos for my last post and for my Tumblr).
5. Do you have any siblings?

I have an older brother and an older sister. There’s quite an age gap between us, so they are like another set of parents.
6. How often do you wear hats?

Never–They look cute, just not on me. They would drive me crazy.
7. Would you rather be in a hurricane or an earthquake?

I don’t know…I haven’t been through either of them! Maybe an earthquake if it was small.
8. Are (or were) you homeschooled?

Nope, but I have friends who have been. It sounds like something I might do for my future children one day.
9. Where is your favorite place to go in winter? (I think it’s too hot to ask about summer right now)

Hmm…somewhere warm I guess. Curling up by the fireplace with a good book is always nice.

10. Would you rather live in a huge city or out in the middle of nowhere?

I love the country, but I’m used to the suburbs so I don’t know. As long as there was a town not too far away I guess.
11. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear the word banana?

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I nominate:

Here are your questions:

1. Would you rather be a ninja, fairy, or mermaid?

2. What is the last thing you ate?

3. Cats or dogs (or both)?

4. Do you wear glasses/contacts?

5. Star Wars or The Hunger Games?

6. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

7. What’s the best birthday present you’ve ever gotten?

8. What’s your least favorite color?

9. What’s your favorite book?

10. Do you like roller coasters?

11. What is the most fun thing you’ve done this summer?

I know these are really random lol. Have fun!

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment and share 🙂

Love, Emily <3

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