This year, photo-shopped pictures have been on my mind. You can take a not-so-flattering picture and, with technology, have a whole new look after the talents of photo-shop have gotten hold of you. In the end, the final results usually aren't anything like the real person or event. I am just real...no photo shop here...or you would see me looking years younger and pounds lighter. My family is what it is...with all the ups and downs of life. Sometimes we could be put on the "America's Top Family" magazine and other times "America's Most Wanted" due to the sin in our life.
Today, I celebrate our strengths in our photos... the times we put hurt feelings, offenses...well, our sins, aside and allow God's grace and mercy to shine through. Only He sees us as we are. He sees us through the cross. I am so glad when He looks down He is pleased with the unfinished work that is before Him. I am glad He promises that He will complete what He has began.
Benjamin allowed all of his siblings to sleep later than his siblings ever allowed us to sleep. So instead of a four or five o'clock wake up, he waited until almost 8:00 before getting them all out of bed to unwrap gifts and celebrate again through food. Our North Pole drink from Pinterest was a HUGE hit!
I couldn't resist...so I leave you with my cartoon strip ("For Better or for Worse") which sums it all up. May you all continue to enjoy your family time during this season as you prepare for a New Year. May the Lord give you a time to reflect on His faithfulness this past year while giving you vision for the year to come. I will be reflecting this week.