ChooseJoy-Winter18

My friend and co-author Sara wrote some beautiful posts about Christmas, and I want to share a few with you. (Like this one from a few days ago!) I hope you are as encouraged and challenged by her words as I am!

I’ve done a lot of thinking about perspective and being grateful this week. Because try as we might, life is never going to be perfect and go just how we’d like it to.

There is nowhere on Earth I’d rather be right now than at home with my family for my Aunt’s funeral. And I’m sure there was nowhere on Earth Mary would have rather been than in a safe home with a roaring fire and a nursemaid to give birth to her son.

But she got three wise men and a drummer boy and a supportive husband while they treasured their moments on a bed of hay. I got to have moments on the phone with mom when she could tell me about her experiences, and spend some time with them here on Christmas Day and help with some details for the funeral Mass. I took my moment to pray the rosary when I knew they were praying at her wake and honored her the best way I knew how.

Mary and Joseph, while making the first home for their child in that stable, accepted where they were and recognized where they were going because they acknowledged their blessings instead of dwelling on their misfortunes.

Click here to read the full post and Sara’s challenge to find blessings even when we’re in the stable instead of the inn. And to learn more about choosing joy, read about Sara’s and my upcoming book here.

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