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Got Emotions?

The Christmas Season always brings me to a very emotional place, as I am sure it does for many of you. I find myself mesmerized, almost paralyzed, with awestruck wonder of God's presence all around me. Then the pressure of shopping, creeps in and robs the joy. I find myself overwhelmed when I think of all the people who are struggling, hungry and cold especially during this Season. But then find comfort knowing that although we cannot take away all the hurt or meet all the needs of everyone, we can bring a smile to one person's face and spread the love of Jesus with a simple act of kindness such as Billy Coffey's Ten Dollar Challenge . Make sure you head over there and be blessed with the amazing stories that many are sharing. (We will be sharing our family's experience with this soon!).

So yeah, the holidays can bring upon such an avalanche of emotions for us all. Kids are anxious and getting a serious case of the "I wants" due to being bombarded with the arsenal of advertising. It can be a time of mourning when those whose presence is missed. Spending time with family and loved ones will bring joy to most....but for others, it can be trying to overlook the quirky members of their family tree. Holidays can be a time of excess....not only with spending too much money, but the over indulgence of eating and drinking. It can bring depression to many who feel they do not have enough, yet joy and peace to those who know they do.

I am finding that the best way to keep Christ in Christmas, is to keep Him in your daily life......keep Him close while you are shopping in the hustle and bustle, even when that lady cuts you off for that parking spot. Keep Him close when wracking your brain for that perfect gift for someone, free yourself and remember there is no perfect gift, only the One that God gave the world......His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ.

Something I was hesitant to share.....but have chosen to do so as this blog is my place to pour out and heal. I know I am surrounded by such a wonderful circle of friends who are always ready, willing and able to share in what is going on in my life. This includes the good.....and not so good.

I am being brought on another bumpy ride on the Emotional Trail with another early pregnancy loss for Josh and I this past week. I was hoping/praying to announce my new name was "Sarah" being pregnant in my old age, but God had different plans for this little blessing and took our little "Isaac" back Home. And although my heart is hurting, I will continue to look to Him for comfort and peace. My bestest friend gently and lovingly reminded me that sometimes God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.....so although I don't understand, I need to remember and trust that His ways are not our ways and He is good......all.the.time!

So as I gather up all these emotions and sort through them.....I want to share this amazing video and song that is guaranteed to stir up some raw emotions in you. It is probably my favorite Christmas song of all times. Enjoy and be blessed.......

(*remember to pause my music)



Denise said...

Sweetie, my heart hurts for you. Sending you love, hugs, and many prayers. God bless your faithful heart.

Shark Bait said...

I just said a prayer for all of you right now, and will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


RCUBEs said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, sister. But at the same time, I'm truly touched by your complete acceptance and surrender to the Lord's plans. Yes, though it's hard to understand and there seems to be no explanations for some things, Father still knows best... I just prayed for the Lord to cover you, your hubby and the rest of the family with His love and comfort.
I also prayed that the "why questions" be replaced with a view of opportunity for you to demonstrate God's power and bring glory to Him instead. There is no word to express but to let you know that I love you in Christ and may the Lord bring upon the healing for all the hurt. Blessings to you sister.

Kristina P. said...

Oh, Michelle, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It's so comforting to be able to feel our Savior's love for us.

christy rose said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You know that I know where you are at and how you are feeling. I am praying for you today!

Beth E. said...

Oh, Michelle...I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you and your husband are hurting. I'm praying for you!

Never hesitate to share your heart...part of the healing process is being able to release your heartache and pain. The other part, of course, is to rest in the arms of Jesus, finding the comfort and peace on HE can give.


Alicia said...

Oh, Michelle...I'm hurting for you too. I've experienced two miscarriages, so I know exactly how you are feeling. I'll be praying for you, my friend.

Beth in NC said...

Michelle, again, I am so sorry (((hugs))). You're in my heart. Bless you and your family.


Mich said...

I was letting the hustle and bustle of the holiday season get to me today...so tired. Yet, then I pulled up your blog, listened to my fav Chris Tomlin, read your heartfelt words and...smiled. Although my heart aches for you, your words touched me in a special way. I needed to hear what you had to say. Prayers and blessings my friend. You are a treasure.

S. Etole said...

He holds you in His hands ... all of you.

Joyce said...

Oh, I'm sorry...that is hard and I will add you to my prayers today. Thanks for sharing...I love reading here...your writing is always so real.

Praying you find peace and joy in this day...take care.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Oh Michelle, my heart aches for you. I am praying for you.

Karen said...

Michelle, I'm so sorry for you. I wish I could do something to make you feel better.

I hope you are able to have a beautiful Christmas with your family and to celebrate all of the wonderful gifts that God has given you.

Bridget Chumbley said...

He is good ALL the time... so true, Michelle.

I'm so terribly sorry for the loss you've suffered. I will pray for your heart to be healed, and for peace during this season full of wonder...

HUGS to you, my friend. <3

Deborah Ann said...

I'm right there with you. I lost our son, Alex, when I was halfway through the pregnancy. Had several miscarriages over the years, too.

The 'why' doesn't always get answered, at least not in this lifetime. But I do know that our little ones are waiting in angel's wings, and what a joyful day that will be when we meet up!

But..I also remember (for me) there was no comfort to be found during those sad times, except in the Father's arms. And I pray you will find your comfort there, too.

Love you Michelle!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Sending you love and hugs...It has been such a blessing to meet you in blogland...You have enriched my life. Blessings to you and yours....Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with many blessings.
Grammy Girlfriend http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

So glad you shared the video.....my heart is continually moved by you.


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