Aubrey Sampson
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Aubrey is a pastor’s wife and SAHM to three sons. Aubrey writes and speaks on freedom from shame in Jesus and her first book, Overcomer (Fall 2015), is about overcoming shame in Christ.

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  1. A beautiful, grace-full, vulnerable story. So encouraging to remember even if we blow it initially there are always second chances for redemption. Thank you so much for sharing! Merry Christmas, and may the Lord richly bless your endeavors as you use the good gifts He’s given you for His glory!

  2. With 3 now grown sons….2 daughters in law ….and one pretty serious girlfriend….I am learning to manage my expectations of so many different things.

    Today, as we gather for family Christmas, I am trying to keep my focus on what is important and want to enjoy each moment….and remember that Norman Rockwell we have NEVER, EVER been! 🙂

  3. Aub, love the story. Please remember you and Kevin are creating a lifetime of Christmas joy embedded in the hearts of the “boys”. Mom and are so thankful that your joy of Christmas surrounds baby Jesus in this season. Jesus and your parent and your family love you for it.

    • Great story & Very nice Conclusion! Merry Christmas Aubrey to you & your family from us here in N. Idaho!!!!

  4. Growing up we didn’t have a new smelly tree. We had “Bruce the Blue Spruce”. A taller than life you put together tree that we decorated. It served it’s purpose and was a pretty sight to behold.

    Christmas, to me, is more than a tree, gifts, etc. It is about the birth of a Savior and being with family and friends sharing this special occasion.

    Happy Birthday Jesus! 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

  5. I so appreciate this post. Through it, you remind me that when something snaps inside of me, it needs to send me to God. Then I need to seek forgiveness from those I’ve hurt. There is always redemption. This it a heart chord with me.

  6. Hey Aubs! I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts and response to life’s unpredictable curveballs. I can definitely relate to wishing for (actually, more like expecting) those “kodak moments” and reacting without much grace and love. It gives me another chance to see how I am in need of the saving grace of Jesus. Merry Christmas to your family of boys from my family of boys!

  7. Oh Aubs, that tree is amazing. It is so cool how God teaches us through the every day stuff. Great tree, great story to share, great family tradition. I know Papa is smiling. Plus I get to say I know someone with a beautiful 18′ tree. (I am a little jealous…) Love and hugs

  8. A little late responding to this, but wanted to say what a lovely reminder this is: of the power of asking for forgiveness, and the sometimes heavy burden of expectations. When I was given the gift of parenthood, that has been (and honestly, continues to be) my hardest lesson: that sometimes you just have to show up, and not have that preconceived idea of how you think things SHOULD be, and enjoy how things ARE. I’m sure you’ve also experienced that when you can let go, sometimes the way things actually ARE is way better than what you wanted it to be. It’s just using that muscle to let go of our vision of happiness, and actually experience happiness. I have to exercise that muscle daily. I’m also astonished–daily–at my children’s ability to forgive my many mess ups. But the power of “I’m sorry” can never be underestimated: thanks for the lovely reminder in this lovely essay. Merry Christmas, Aubrey, and blessed New Year!

  9. Aubrey, what a wonderful act of courge and love. I,m so proud of you and thank God for each of you. Love Memaw