imagesOh the joy of Christmas; God is the author and He is the one who brings the warmth of this most treasured emotion to the chambers of our heart. When joy reigns, all is well with the world, but when joy escapes our grip, struggle seeps its weary way into our lives.

We struggle to wear the perfect outfit, to choose the perfect tree, to cook the perfect meal and to give the perfect gift. And bigger still, we struggle to speak the right words, to love without conditions, to give grace and forgive, to be grateful and share, to be bold and release fear, to slow down and to rest and to wait for our joy to be found again.

In the face of every struggle, God is in our midst. His “Gift of Christmas” is the answer to every bad dream, every broken promise, every lost hope, every disappointment, every turn in the road, every fear and every tear.

A song of rejoicing rings out in the bottomlessness of every struggle, because indeed, the richness of God meets us there allowing joy to come forth.

In our struggle, we must always remember; Hope has made the path clear to peace, which will always birth joy in the deepest part of every heart that understands and lives out of what is known to be true.

The wonder of the Christ child, born to live, to die and to live again for the redemption of all mankind is the purest of all joy.  

A joy that cannot be bought, only received. A joy that rises above circumstances and holds tight to the promise that Jesus has come and will indeed come again, when all will be made new.

Jesus is our hope; Jesus is our peace;  Jesus is our joy;

All truths to shout out, truths to live out, and truths that change everything.

May God’s sweet joy be yours as you celebrate the gift of Jesus.

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“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Luke 2:10

Barb Camblin

About Barb Camblin

Barb Camblin is a KY girl living in the Sunshine State. She is a follower of the one true God, loving life, her beautiful family, her new role as MiMi, and the sweet 5th graders that she teaches about Jesus everyday! Her relationship to God, through Christ, is personal and intimate. She has committed her life to serving Him. She has a deep faith and a broad vision of God’s work in his world. Her heart’s desire is to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him, and to never lose the wonder of His great name. Barb would say, "God is my greatest treasure, my highest relationship and by His grace, I am His girl.” You can connect to Barb on Facebook, >Twitter & Pinterest. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

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