Monday, December 23, 2013

An Approach to Christmas

Our approach to this season has been intentional and relaxed.  A peaceful Christmas is what we're hopeful for.  And honestly such a slow pace, has been so special.

Hot chocolate and double gloves were on the check off list with my mom and Grumps for a 2 degree Denver Parade of Lights a few weeks ago.  
For Life Group we hosted the simplest White Elephant/Ugly Christmas party ever (I didn't even clean the floors and everyone brought an appetizer to share).  
All Christmas gifts were ordered online in September-for serious...
Our nights are filled with friends over for dinner, weekends with family, or slow nights with the fireplace roaring and a Christmas movie playing.

We even took an entire evening (and got Grumps a babysitter) to go on our annual Christmas Date.  

We ventured to the Colorado Christmas Symphony on Saturday and it was magical.  My favorite restaurant of all time, Beatrice & Woodsley, was our dinner spot and we didn't even order until 9:15 pm!  Our conversation wove through dreaming about 2014, reflecting on 2013, and digging into each other's hearts.  I love the my thoughtful, romantic husband!  

Inside the restaurant-could it be more romantic?via

Yesterday our hearts was so so full to attend Christmas church with some of our coolest siblings (they are all cool honestly) and my mom.  I just nodded through the whole sermon--"He came because of our mess.  The reason we have Christmas is because we are messy."  

Hallelujah, amen.

Jesus wasn't born in a perfect nativity scene.  He was born in a dung crusted barn to two teenagers that were at the middle of a religious scandal (the whole "God got me pregnant line" wasn't cutting it 2000 years ago).  Jesus' birth scene wasn't wrinkle-free and perfect.  

It was messy and real, and scandalous and humble.

 We just felt so refreshed after church being reminded that if we were perfect God wouldn't have put on flesh.  There would be no Christmas.  He came for the sick, not the healthy.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Corinthians 12:9

That's how we are attempting to approach Christmas this year.  Remembering that it's JESUS' birthday-not ours.  We celebrate him best when we love on people, spend quality time with Him, and live His gospel of peace.  

Man, Jesus is just everything we will ever want or need and I am so grateful.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful CounselorMighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

So Merry Christmas, to you.  If you aren't perfect, join the club. We could be the presidents of that club!  Jesus came for the sick and the messy and died on a cross in your place for every time you were/are a mess.  For us, that's all the time.  Jesus' greatest desire is relationship with you and he's so radically willing!  Submitting your heart and life is the most peaceful, joyous decision you will ever make.  Because you aren't healthy and can't do it on your own.  That's a fact because we have tried.  It won't hurt to ask, try this...

We are hopeful that you let God enter into your mess.  Nothing would bless him more on HIS birthday.

Merry Christmas from the Deckers


  1. Oh.My.Goodness.

    This post, about Jesus and his messy, imperfect birth, was JUST what my soul needed to hear. I feel refreshed just reading this post so I can't begin to imagine how you must have felt following that service.

    Jesus really is everything we could want or need.

    I hope you and Ryan have a Merry Christmas!!!!


    1. Amber it was exactly the message that was talked about at our church's Christmas service. LOVED it! Hope you had an amazing Christmas lady :)



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