[From the Archives] Not Just a Keeper

I pray this post from the archives blesses you. I’m taking some time off from creating new content to refocus and spend time with family. God willing, I’ll be back January 2 with new posts and a new look.

May you feel the peace of the Lord this Christmas and through the New Year.


Our feet crunch through the snow-dusted grass. The boys chase each other between rows of evergreens as Rachel wanders peacefully through the green, lying down occasionally to get the full effect of the setting and rest a bit. This is a favorite annual outing for our family—the Christmas tree hunt!

Some years we find ourselves trudging through knee-deep snowdrifts, other years navigating treacherous ice fields, and still others trampling the deadened grasses. However, there are two things that always remain the same from year to year: The quest to find that elusive perfect tree and our failure to do just that.

It’s not for lack of trying that we come up short. We scour every row of trees on the farm. Shouts of “I’ve found it!” and “Over here!” followed by “Never mind” or “It’s perfect … except for …” echo off the boughs.Zachary with evergreen


We are certain the next tree will be the one … and the next … and the next. Eventually, though, we conclude the perfect one is not to be found—yet!—and vote on a couple of keepers.

How thankful I am that there is no need to hunt for the perfect Savior like we do our Christmas trees. In fact, we didn’t need to search for Him at all. For more than 2,000 years, He has dwelt among us—living in us—choosing to find us instead! He is anything but elusive.


“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20, ESV).

David Phelps’ music is some of the most moving music I’ve heard.

Have a Christ-filled Christmas day! 

By His grace ≈


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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

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