Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wishing you peace for the holidays

Hi Everyone, Danica Favorite here. Some of you may remember my last post, When the Holidays aren't Happy, and I wanted to share an update!

Ava finally had her surgery yesterday, and she is home and doing very well. She will have about a year of recovery, but she was in much better shape than what the vet had originally told us. So, from our family to yours, thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts you sent our way. Ava thanks you, too.

Ava just before surgery
For our family, we got the Christmas miracle we were all praying for, but I know that doesn't always happen for a lot of families. I want you to know that if that is you, and you are praying for a miracle that doesn't arrive, God still sees you, and He still loves you.

This Christmas, what I wish most of all of you is that you find the peace of the Lord in your heart. It's been a hard year for our family, though there have also been some bright spots. But as I reflect during this time of year, closing out 2018 (really not sad to see it go, I'll be honest!), the thing I am most focused on is the love of God and God's peace, which, if you keep your eyes fixed on God's love, is easy to find.

We haven't filled our holidays with a lot of activities this year, and the space under the tree will be a little bare (hello, vet bills!), and that's okay. It's given me the opportunity to focus more on the peace of the Lord, and to more fully know God's love.

I hope, as you close out this year, you take some time to recognize what a truly loving and amazing God we have, and allow that love to bring you peace.

About Danica:
A self-professed crazy chicken lady, Danica Favorite loves the adventure of living a creative life. She and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.  Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica’s stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.
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  1. Thank you for starting my day with such an inspiring post, Danica. I'm so glad things went better than expected for Ava. I love your horse photos because they remind me of the horse-loving girl I was. I used to beg for a horse for Christmas, but there really wasn't a place for him in our suburban backyard. I'm thrilled for your girls that you get to live out your #mountainliving dream.

    I'm also happy to say farewell to 2018, though to be honest, I said the same in 2017 and then 2018 was worse. I think the lesson in that is as you said - just focus on God's eternal love in each moment of our lives. Sort of a spiritual version of live for the moment.

    Blessings to your family this holiday season.

    1. Love the idea of it being a spiritual version of live for the moment!

  2. Danica, so glad to see the picture of Ava post-surgery. Thanks for your reflection today. Wishing you a joyous Christmas with your beautiful family. I'm embracing "Christmas moments" throughout the month. Sometimes we focus on Dec 25 and miss the beauty of Advent and the many opportunities to prepare our hearts to welcome the Christ Child anew. Blessings to you and yours...and to Ava!

    1. I love the thought of embracing Christmas moments throughout the month. Definitely something I love about the Advent.

  3. Danica, so glad Ava is doing better. Like you, I'm glad to see 2018 go. But though the year was a difficult one, its been a reminder of what is important. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and I hope that 2019 is a better year.

  4. I was so glad to hear Ava is going to recover! I'm with you on the focus on peace. I hope 2019 is filled with blessings for your family.

  5. Thank you so much, Danica, for the beautiful words and encouragement. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

  6. I'm so happy for you and your family, Danica, but most of all for AVA. What a happy ending, just in time for Christmas. Hmm it sounds like a Love Inspired book. Merry Christmas.


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