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Anjuli grew up as a missionary kid secretly wondering, “Why does everyone else understand what a relationship with Jesus is, but me?” It wasn’t until she ran into her fears instead of from them, that Anjuli found her voice and the love of God meeting her there. She is a...

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  1. I thought about embracing this Christmas season with joy. And life happened. I am trying hard to remember what Christmas is all about. But the distractions of hearing about a friend’s diagnosis, the passing of a long time member and friend from church, heating bills, my slow recovery from minor surgery, making plans to travel to see my daughter for Christmas, etc. Takes my breath away. The one thing that got me out of my funk for a few hours was attending Sunday service. The message of God’s love lightened the load. I need to focus and keep that in mind.

  2. Wow so good, love your insights! The part where you said we need to bring our shame to God instead of giving in to the temptation to cover ourselves with our own glory, really spoke to me.

  3. These are extremely powerful words. May we all reflect on this post today and feel the season’s hope.

  4. OMG Anjuli! I can’t even adequately express how much your post meant to me. I have so many negative thoughts that are constantly swirling in my head, most of which you pinpointed so well. I try to counter them with God’s word, but it’s exhausting and I have such a tough time believing anything good about myself. Your post gives me hope, thank you!!

  5. Thank You for such a powerful and thought-provoking message today. What an honest reminder of how we treat ourselves, and then how we can use God’s power of love and acceptance to free ourselves from shame, guilt, and all the others evils that we allow the world to make us focus on. When will we accept that being a child of God makes us ‘enough’? That His love is more than ‘enough’?

  6. Oh how profound this article is to me. I didn’t know how to label this 43 years of being married and not really embracing the true meaning of Christmas. My three daughters are all young adults now. I remember the joy that filled our home as they waited to open their gifts. They also opened my gifts from coworkers and wrapped them back up for me.

    I was never in a hurry to open my gifts. Now I know why. I was feeling emotional about my past childhood experiences. And now at 64, I don’t have to hold on to those feelings.

    I can cast all my cares on Jesus because He cares for me and He will never leave or forsake me.

    With Gratitude,

    A Beloved Daughter of God

  7. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that we are loved by our Creator, Our Lord, Forgiver and Friend. I am God’s Girl no matter what. Even when we feel unloved. I am grateful for the Peace and Hope that comes from having God in my life. Pray for all those that are struggling, I pray you will feel wrapped up in His Peace and comfort.

  8. Well written from the heart . Yes , I hear and agree . Thankyou for reminding me – I AM a Child of the King and this Christmas Season I want to sing praises and relax in his loving peaceful arms . Victory over the rush and turmoil of gifts and running .
    Merry Christmas dear sister

  9. Thank you for this Anjuli! God bless you & your family. Am also sharing this with a good friend who is not a believer yet, who’s fighting breast cancer to recovery, and pray Jesus gift of love touches her heart, her mind,..

    Merry Christmas

  10. Anjuli,

    The Christmas season can be hard on many. There is so much to do like parties, cooking, baking, gift buying, etc. We can get easily distracted from the true meaning of Christmas. It takes intentionality to erase society’s version of Christmas. For me that looks like buying gifts for senior citizens-showing those less fortunate the love of God. Also listening to good Christmas music like Go Fish’s “It’s about the Cross” and “It’s called Christmas with a Capital C” another favorite song is Matthew West’s “Leaving Heaven”. One big tradition we have is watching Charlie Brown Christmas.

    Let’s remember that Christmas is Jesus Christ’s Birthday.

    Blessings 🙂

  11. These words really hit home with me . Thank you for sharing and expressing what I too feel at times. Peace be with us all.