Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This Christmas

My heart has been so full this Christmas season.  We've had extra opportunities to serve this year, and to learn and teach about becoming more Christlike.  

It's interesting being "great with child" this time of year especially.  My thoughts have constantly been on Mary, and all that she went through.  

Because there's not a ton of details about the actual birth, I've been talking to Noel about what we think happened during that time.  Surely she had to be in hard core labor while Joseph was trying to find a place for them to stay.  I can barely handle contractions in Noel's car on the way to a hospital....I can't imagine walking around town not knowing where we'll end up. 

I read the most amazing article about goals for this Christmas.  It's a quick read, but if you can only read one section, read "Becoming More Christlike" at the very end.

This quote is featured in that section, and even though I've heard it before, it's always so powerful to me.

Merry Christmas Eve, my friends!  Enjoy food, family, friends, and fun!


Emily said...

Such a wonderful reminder as we go into Christmas! From everything I've heard, Freddie's mother lived her life like this quote--wish I could have met her!

Merry Christmas Eve!!!! Eeeeeek!

Katie @ Team Skelley said...

Thank you for a very meaningful and timely reminder. I try to be kinder at Christmas, but I am an expert grudge holder and I could really be more forgiving and understanding and not so high stung -- me, high strung, I know you are shocked. ;) Thanks, gal!

Paige Flamm said...

I've been thinking a lot about Mary giving birth recently too! My friend in the Durham first ward has an uncle who recently just wrote a children's book called, The Mid Wife of Bethlehem, that essentially talks about the miidwives that would have delivered baby Jesus! It's so well written, and just a beautiful book! But after i read it I tried researching what birth really would have been like for Mary, and I came across a New York Times article that said that the wealthy women at the time had birthing stools, but Mary was really poor and most likely delivered standing up! Just recalling my experience with natural child birth in August... standing was the last thing on my mind!

Kayla MKOY said...

So, so sweet! I love that picture of you and your sweet boys. Just look at the love they have for you!!! :) I think about the story of Mary giving birth a lot...and it blows my mind. Wish there were more details out there, but dang..she was amazing! ;) love you, Ashley!! Merry MERRY Christmas!

Susannah said...

Isn't it amazing how being pregnant or having children really makes us think a lot about Mary? I just wrote a post on her today too! I hope you had a very merry Christmas!

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