I was teaching Sunday School to a group of a dozen high school girls in the middle of the summer. I don’t remember how the conversation got started, but it ended with me changing my “religious views” Facebook profile to JITRFTS. (Jesus is the Reason for the Season) If it would have been 2020, we would have made a ironic gif with a Caucasian Jesus fighting the Easter Bunny. Instead we used it as an accusation in face to face conversations. Vintage.

Side note- or maybe the main point-idk. Why are we so intimidated by Santa Clause? I mean…honestly, even if he is real?? Y’all need to be worried about Mother’s Day…or 4th of July- that’s when the legit competition comes in.

Today, in trying to turn my attention to the advent season, I read John 5:44:

“How can you believe when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”

I have like ten lists right now. They answer the questions: Who am I going to buy for? What am I going to buy? How much do I need to spend? How much do I need to save so that I can spend? What can I put on my list? What do my kids want on their lists? What do I need to buy/when?

Today, in light of the devo/scriptures I read, I decided to make a list of things I want for myself and my family- things that can only come from God. No kidding- they are literally in the kitchen screaming at each other right now. It’s been an “everybody lose your crap” kinda day.


For Micah- I want God to capture your attention with his solutions. You have a complex mind, and you are most fulfilled when it is preoccupied with his Word.

For Madelyn- I want God to open your eyes to see that he created you strategically. Your vibrant energy is balanced when you train your mind to his Word instead of the competition. There is so much competition, sweet girl.

For Allison- I want God to show you that he’s freaking BIG, and he’s got you. His Word has every answer, and you can do what it says…even if you can’t wrap your brilliant mind around it.

For me- I’m gonna let Micah write this one…bc I tried like three times and got nowhere…and I have a fight to break up.

For Amber- I want God to bring you two more puppies and a new car. Jk…it’s still me. Here’s what Micah said:

I want God to show you your value; while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God, We are disenchanted with the people and the stuff. At the end of the day, we still don’t have enough. We are fortunate that our needs lead us to you. Fill our empty cups.

Published by ambersugg

After a dozen or so years in ministry, I'm busy making pb&j and trips back and forth to school to give my kids whatever they left at home on any given day. Man, the days run together- Copy/paste a million times...but, never a dull moment...and always a new lesson.

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