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Some might call it cruel or unusual punishment for kids anxiously awaiting the excitement on Christmas morning. At our house, our kids wake-up in the same way as most families with younger children do in the United States. As sleep-deprived parents lay soundly asleep in their bed, the sounds of little feet hitting the tile floor awaken the family dog. Within minutes the entire family is up, wrapping paper goes flying and Christmas mayhem begins.
Most of that story is true for our house of three young boys. However, on Christmas Day, once a year, our family moves from 3 boys to 4.
Before our crew can dive into their gifts under the tree, they wrap their arms around Gabe’s final gift – baby Jesus in a special family blanket. (For more information on Gabe, see my previous post here).
On Christmas Eve, Gabe brings our family a white, scribbled-on blanket. Each “scribble” is a design or words from each of our boys sharing what God has done in year’s past. We call these “God Moments.” As each Christmas Eve arrives, our boys know the blanket will return and they have the only opportunity of the year to use permanent marker in our house! We gather around the kitchen table as they design their “Big God Moment” of the year.
One of my favorite designs on our family Christmas blanket is a simple word, “Home.” This was written by our oldest the first year we moved into our new house after a season of not having a home address at all. I remember him asking me, “Mom, God gave us the biggest present ever. How do you spell home?” This blanket helped transform our new house into a home of memories.
So this week, our family will be receiving the Christmas blanket from Gabe again. My boys will share their God Moments and the smell of marker will fill our house. They will place the blanket under the tree on Christmas Eve because they know by morning it will be used to keep baby Jesus warm. Every Christmas morning my boys appear wearing their new pajamas and bed hair from wrestling with their dreams of anticipation throughout the night. The first picture I take every Christmas morning is of our three boys holding baby Jesus under the tree. No gifts. No perfectly aligned hair. I’m sure our picture is not “Facebook worthy” yet it makes it on my timeline anyway.
You see, on Christmas morning, Jesus is cradled by all of the God Moments that have made our family valuable. It’s not about the gifts, the food or the Christmas tree. It’s about simply allowing our entire family to see that Jesus doesn’t just have a place in our home, but that He is continually speaking into and changing our lives.
Each Christmas, the picture changes. The blanket fades a bit, but adds more memories. The doll surprisingly stays intact but my boys always grow taller. I’m sure there will come a day as my boys continue to age that they will fight me on taking this keepsake annual picture.
My hope is that they will see beyond the baby and his blanket.
My prayer is that they will always see God’s Fingerprints all over their lives.
I want them to see God moving, speaking, chasing, holding, loving, walking and always being involved in their lives. If they can see Him like this, they receive the greatest gift ever given.
God is moving! As we enter into this Holy Christmas week, may you experience His touch in a fresh new way.
May you see beyond the baby in a meager and see the Messiah who continues to move mountains in your life.
How has God been working in your life this year?
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!
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