Tuesday, December 13, 2011

he is here

i am painfully aware that i have not been "talking" much here lately.
painfully because i have lots i could be sharing, so much it hurts a bit.
plenty i want to write. but the time isn't right, you know?

christmas is one thing on my mind that i can freely spill about! 
this sharing christmas series is rockin' my socks,
we've enjoyed some sweet guests so far, yes?

as i shared last week, the reason for the season, jesus.
he's on my mind. i'm making an effort to keep him front and center.

something i realized though:
it isn't me who keeps him anywhere.
he is here. right here. even when i ignore him.
even when i hurry past him to figure things out, fix things on my own.
here he is, gently reminding me that he carries us through each day.
the fun, festive activity-filled ones. the difficult tear soaked ones, too. every day.
today i'm looking to him. my redeemer.
praising him for this season and the greatest gift he gave.
i'm clinging to him, not letting go. resting in his strength.
asking him to help me ackowledge his presence fully.
remember this quote?

"are you despondent or discouraged?
if so, speak now to the lord who dwells
within your heart. say to him that
you know you have been redeemed.
acknowledge his presence and his character
as being more than worthy of praise.
ask him to kindle a song.
have it on your lips
even if you do not feel it in your heart.
ask him to give you a realization
of the truth of your singing,
for then praise will go to your heart
as you yield to your song of praise
to the lord."
{donald grey barnhouse}

even when i feel like i don't care about christmas,
that swaddled babe, grace, giving or anything at all...
i can ask him to help me. and he does. praise jesus!

I love you, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
   and I am saved from my enemies.
psalm 18:1-3


  1. 1. Love the new blog design.
    2. I so totally needed this post today.
    3. Thank you.
    4. Love you.

  2. Ummmm. Yeah. Last night as I was driving I was painfully aware of how much the Christmas lights had dimmed & faded these last few years. We've been making moves to try & slow this train the heck down as of late....
    Thank you for your true...true words!

  3. Love this post... and He is everywhere. Thank you.

  4. Hi, Hannah... Just stumbled upon your blog and I'm totally a fan! God is faithful! Blessings to you today!

  5. Amen! He is here! He is Immanuel, God with us :)

  6. oh and this totally reminded me of a song by darlene zschech...go listen if you don't know it...beautiful!!

    He is here
    The Savior has been born
    The one we've waited for
    Surrounded by our praises

    He is here
    The promise of our King
    To you our lives we bring
    Let your glory be revealed

    Joy to the World
    Peace to all who love Him
    The Savior has been born
    And all of heaven smiles

    Glory to God
    Bring an offering to Him
    Join with all the angels singing

  7. Emmanuel! God WITH us!! Yes...He IS here. wow.

  8. Hannah, You will share it all when you are ready. And when that time comes you will reach so many people... like you always do.

  9. loved the quote and the verse. thank you for sharing it's such an encouragment.

  10. you are speaking my heart today, hannah. yes.

  11. Oh, I love this hannah...He is here. We don't have to find Him_ He just is..here with us. So thankful...

  12. I hear you and love you, I mean we just need to get to the throne, that's all. Take the time to get before Him,and abide....He is there, he gives grace when we don't get there to Him....

  13. PS: where is that donald barnhouse quote from?

  14. ohhhhhhhh i love this post, hannah girl. way to bring us all back to him once again.

  15. Prayers for you wherever you are at friend.

  16. soak in Him girl! in His presence is fullness of joy.
    may He shower you today with love indescribable. bask in the greatness of His love.
    love you!

  17. He is here! Thank you friend. praying for you!

  18. Amen!! This is so good...and true! xoxo

  19. praise Him. i love this. tears of joy and understanding of these deep words of truth. beautiful. happy friday, hannah! <3