Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Gift

God has been speaking to me so much about the true meaning of Christmas as Immanuel, God with us. I feel like it’s been a very personal gift: Scripture has been jumping out at me in a new way, different devotions and worship songs have echoed the message. And yes, God even uses the TV.

I woke this morning to hearing the most beautiful version of Silent Night on the TV. I wiped the sleep out of my eyes and was reaching for my glasses as it shifted into O Come, O Come Immanuel. Tears sprang into my eyes as I found myself opening my arms to receive Immanuel, God with me and rejoicing at how He ransomed me and gave His life for me. But that gift isn’t just for me, it’s for everyone. Can you imagine? God came down from Heaven as a humble baby in a sinful, messy, imperfect world so that we could be set free and have Him/God WITH us every single day. A God who loves us and meets us right where we are.

Oh, I could just listen to this song over and over. I hope it is a blessing to you too. You’ll need to scroll down and pause the music player at the bottom of my blog so you can hear the video by itself.


Merry Christmas!

2010 was full of wonderful memories for us: a trip to Gulf Shores, Joe’s graduation and his graduation trip to Durango, Tony & Nancy’s 20th anniversary trip to Gatlinburg, Joe’s new job, and much more.

Of course, 2010 also had hard times like when our beloved 20 year old horse, Billy, died. But God was with us through it all. And having God “with us” started back on the very first Christmas when Jesus came in a humble manger to be Immanuel, God with us.

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”  Matthew 1:23

May you all find comfort and joy in having God with us not only at Christmastime, but every day of the year!


~Tony, Nancy, Joe, Jake & Jon

P.S. I ordered these as postcards from Tiny Prints. Very economical! I loved being able to have a short message printed on the back instead of having to include a Christmas letter with normal photo cards and it’s less expensive to mail the postcards too!