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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. Anna,
    What beautiful truth – Christmas will still come. Jesus will still come. In fact, if we are hurting or going through pain or trials, Jesus’ coming is all the more needed, all the more profound. The rest of the world, if given the chance, will forsake us or at the very least disappoint us at some juncture. Jesus is the love that comes and STAYS. No matter what twists and turns our lives take, His love and presence are constant, abiding, comforting. May we all embrace this truth when Christmas comes…and stays.
    Christmas blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. What popped into my head as I read your hopeful words, Anna, is the words, Lo, I am with you always.”
    From Jesus.
    Just as it looked as if he was about to launch from the top of a mountain?
    And yet it’s true,and the truth of Emmanuel is good and still a safe handhold for the days of our busiest love.
    Blessings to you!

  3. What a beautiful reminder of this special time of year! Thank you for sharing your wonderful words with us. So true. Christmas will come!

  4. I love this. Anna.
    Last year during this season we lost both of my in-laws. Only 10 days apart.

    Last month my husband had an emergency heart procedure.

    So much pain, hurt, and stress. I’m ready to welcome Christmas, rather I have done all of the chores or not. Christmas reminds me that all is well and Jesus is always here. Remembering that Jesus is the reason for the reason is key. Merry Christmas and many blessings to y’all.

  5. Stunning. EVERY.SINGLE.WORD.
    All perfectly placed to let this wife, mom & GiGi of a family of 17, that all is well and Christmas will come. Above all, I plan to take mental snapshots, drink in the moments, (even the fights over the cool new robot) and be grateful, that no matter what, I am His.

    Merry Merry to your sweet family!

  6. Anna,

    The last six weeks have been a blur of emotions & trials. The Friday before Thanksgiving my FIL was back in hospital. Monday before he came home only to die a few hours later. Right after Thanksgiving we had the funeral. Time has been spent making phone calls for, to & visiting MIL. In the midst of all that I got a cold & have kept it. I think it’s finally going away though (yay!!) Life has gone on. Our church held a live nativity last weekend & I’ve done a little shopping here & there. Most years at this time I haven’t thought or cared much about Christmas. This year seems different. Maybe the true meaning of Christmas is hitting me. Jesus leaving the splendor of Heaven to come to broken Earth. He was wrapped in bandages or grave clothes & laid in a feeding trough. Each year ready or not Christmas comes & goes. It is what you do with it that counts!

    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth, I am so sorry you have had so much to deal with; but God gives us strength when we feel like we cannot go on..Glory! I believe that Christmas is the most important day of the whole year because God made a way for us to go to Him & you now have several loved ones with Him because of His making the way! May He give you His peace that passes all understanding.

  7. At first I thought you were describing my December, including birthdays for my kids! A busy time for sure. I definitely tried to be mindful this year of how much I was doing and made sure to cut back so my family could have some breathing room. Doing two different birthday parties last year was too much, so my kids shared one. They loved it. It wasn’t what I imagined, but I have to deal with what I have, including every year celebrating Christmas and kids birthdays.
    Thank you for this reminder of what the season is really about; what matters most. It’s all for Jesus!

    • Man these holiday kiddos add so much work to the already fullness!! Love the idea of a joint party, too. Genius. Merry merry to you and yours, Heather!

  8. on Xmas eve sitting in church I always take a huge sigh…thankyou silent night all is Holy..im thankful the mad rush of perfection & expectation is over and I can finally celebrate the King.
    I always promise myself to lighten the load next year so I’m not exhausted or grouchy by the time it comes to worship. each year I’m getting more mature in age and learning that not everything needs doing or cleaning..christmas will come. thank you for your write up so true !! have a wonderful relaxing God- filled holiday.