Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas today!!! I truly hope that you are not spending your Christmas celebrating materialism and practicing consumerism but are focused on the what the occasion to celebrate really is. That is Jesus. The idea of God being born as a helpless babe in a manger is unfathomable. How can a Being so Divine take on such a lowly feat? How does a holy, infinite God take on the limited body of man? The incarnation is such an amazing mystery- "Christ was not a deified man, neither was he a humanized God. He was perfectly God and at the same time perfectly man." - C. H. Spurgeon "The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity - hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory - because at the Father's will Jesus Christ became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross." - J. I. Packer For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder…
Yesterday I turned 21 and would like to just thank all of you for your wonderfully kind birthday wishes! I truly do not deserve to hear such gracious words and am very grateful for the friends I am surrounded by. I am so thankful for the life that I have and am very aware of the privileges I face. When I turned 20 I had set goals and am very thankful that I achieved them... after looking back at the past year I really do think that it has been the best one yet. I am looking forward to finding out what my 21st year has in store. Praise be to our Heavenly Father for keeping me safe and for sending me trials and temptations that I could learn through and become more like Him. Soli Deo Gloria.
On Tuesday I had the day off and the previous week I had met the owner of Columbia Mist Alpacas at work who invited me to come up to the farm and just kick it with the alpacas. Alpacas are my favorite so I couldn't resist the offer and headed up to the Woodland-based farm with my friend Kat. We had such a great time petting and feeding the animals- our time was filled with much laughter at the silly beings. I would definitely recommend going up there on your spare time- it lifts your spirits like nothing else. Go to Columbia Mist Alpacas for more info. Afterwards Kat and I just drove around the forested wounding back roads of Woodland and had an in-car picnic. Good times, good times. Here are some photos from our adventure.
Today my friends and I got together at Mon Ami for a breakfast date to celebrate being done with finals. We had such a great time just catching up, encouraging each other and fellowshipping. I am so grateful that they are part of my life and that God uses them to make me more like Him. They are such good examples of living for God through even the smallest and least significant situations and trusting him even with the unimportant things. I love you my Christian girls so much!
Today I took my final for Epidemiology and it was my last one for the quarter! I am so excited to just have time to relax and do stuff I wasn't able to do prior. Today I went shopping for about 3 hours and successfully picked out a Christmas tree which I will decorate later tonight. Winter break is off to an awesome start.
It is amazing how quickly this quarter flew by! I am done with all of my assignments and all that's left are two non cumulative finals to take! Blessings to all of you as you prepare for your rigorous final takings :)