๐“‘๐“พ๐”‚ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ฝ ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ท, ๐“œ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ช.

This little corner of our little house on the prairie is where life happens.

Meal-eating.
Homeworking.
Bible studying.
Bill paying.
And the piling up of all the stuff that is coming in and out to keep life rolling!

So when Jake ordered his letterman a few weeks back, we also sat here to go over what the heck had added up to $379... when it was supposed to be a ๐“ฏ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ฎ jacket from the school! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

โœ”๏ธThe cool pleather sleeve upgrade.
โœ”๏ธA soccer patch with his number.
โœ”๏ธA track patch for the two varsity meets they got to have.
โœ”๏ธA cross.
โœ”๏ธAnd ๐“—๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ท across the back... with Isaiah 40:31 stitched into it.

When Jake mentioned this verse, I honestly had to think why he had chosen it. It wasnโ€™t his Pappyโ€™s. It wasnโ€™t his Dadโ€™s or brotherโ€™s favorite. It wasnโ€™t mine.

It was his.

โ€œDuh, Mom. Iโ€™ve stared at it for years. Donโ€™t you know it?โ€

And then it hit me. Above that slanted table and the bench stained from life, the Lord had spoken ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ to my boy even when my attitude at the table hadnโ€™t. It was truth through tears over geometry and transcended the dayโ€™s drama over and over. God used my Hobby Lobby sign to point Jake to where his hope should lie.

Not in that track patch, not in a soccer number and not in that name on the back.

In Him.

๐“—๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ is the focus of this first week of advent as we celebrate and anticipate this season of light.

๐“—๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ in the Lord is what renews us.

๐“—๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ in Him is what gives us strength to keep running.

๐“—๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ is what we as believers in Jesus share and soar on above all of our worldly circumstances.

I donโ€™t regret a penny of that $379 free letterman. I pray it wraps Jake tightly in truth as he comes and goes over the next couple of years. And I pray that you and I will embrace ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ in the middle of our lives as well.

Buy that sign, Mama. Hang it. Let the Lord set the tone. Live under it. Godโ€™s Word NEVER returns void.

Hallelujah!

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