Before the She Reads Truth Advent reading plan, the word "advent" just described a fun calendar with doors to open in the days leading up to Christmas.
This year, advent is different for me. I feel like I'm thinking of Christmas a little differently and a little more than usual. I feel more intentional about reading the Christmas story.
Growing up in church, I've heard the Christmas story read year after year after year. This year though, WOW. It's like I'm finally grasping it's intensity and treasure and truth.
Now I'm not a mom. I've never endured labor, an epidural, or an emergency c-section. (I don't even know enough details to engage in much of a conversation about any of the previously listed words, thank God. I'm just not to that life season yet!) I just keep thinking about Mary.
"Young virgin, please give birth to the Savior of the world. In a manager. No pressure." (This is obviously my paraphrase.)
It. Blows. My. Mind.
And Joseph! What a man!
"Carpenter man - stick with your girl. Stand by her - even though she's carrying a child that isn't yours. Especially because she's carrying a baby that isn't yours." (Again, in my own words.)
Y'all, M+J were brave. I can't even imagine what they had to be thinking! I'm so glad and so thankful that they were brave and obedient. I'm so thankful that God had (and has) a plan.
I'm so thankful for Jesus and how He has saved me from my sins.