Hey friends,

As I sit to write this post I am literally bouncing in my chair from the joy in my heart. Back in August, we came home from a weekend getaway to a marriage conference to find a nasty water leak that caused damage in both upstairs and downstairs. It was a long (and patience testing) process to get things remodeled but just earlier this week we got it finished!

This may seem like such a small victory but if you’ve ever had your home out of order and chaotic, you know exactly what I am talking about. Our home is meant to be a place of rest and when it’s not things don’t feel quite right.

However, just last week a dear friend of mine sent me this message the Lord put on her heart for me:

The cleanup and construction of your house have seeped into every area of your life. I know it has tested you from the time you get up until right before you close your eyes. Keep bringing your eyes and your heart back to me. I am your home. I am your resting place. All these distractions, frustrations and delays will soon be over. I want to carry you to the finish line in peace. Keep returning right into my embrace. When another curveball pops up you return again. I love you!

As I read this message, I realized I had put my hope in my home, not the Lord. While the Lord wants to bless us with things they are not to replace the hope we put in him.

Perhaps you too are facing something challenging this holiday season.  A loss of a job? A loss of a loved one? I recently lost a friend to suicide and I know the sting of not having a loved one on Christmas morning is unbearable.

God is calling you back to him today. Just like my friend so graciously reminded me, rest in him. Return to him.

Xoxo,

Rachael Joy

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