i entered the room and was amazed at the beauty that radiated from there. along with the decor, the ladies were gorgeous and glowing! this past weekend, i attended a party, by invitation from my -in real life- sweet, friend kim, who is also my blogging friend @ my words are not my own, in expectation of the joy of great fellowship and a cup of Christmas tea. some of my favorite people in the world graced me with their presence at our table.
(front row; jessica brown, my mom, and esta woods, back row; kim baker and me)
(carrie pfifer, kim baker, kellie felmey, kelly kinsman)kim was an awesome host. she made everything beautiful and wonderful. she blessed us all with so many sweet favors. this was the most precious thing that she gave each of us at our table.
each of us at the table had one of these picture frames with our own name engraved in the palm of Jesus' hands that we could put in the place that we read and study the Word to remember His provision of love that He provides for us in the work that was accomplished on the cross. it was a beautiful reflection of the evening.
the speaker of the evening blessed us with the story of her life and how Christmas has changed for her since coming to know Jesus, the reason for the season of celebration this time of year. i loved her reflection of how Christmas was rushed, hectic, and stressed before she came to the Lord. it was about having the perfect Christmas party and wearing the perfect Christmas outfit, decorating the perfect Christmas tree, finding the perfect Christmas present, cooking the perfect Christmas dish, and baking the perfect Christmas cookies. but, since coming to know Jesus, the One that the season is all about, Christmas has become a time to celebrate our perfect Lord and Savior as He has rescued us from all of our efforts of trying to attain the perfection that only He can provide, making Christmas about peace and rest. it was a beautiful start to a great time of celebrating the birth of our Redeemer with wonderful friends and a cup of Christmas tea.