We don’t know what your year looked like. Whether it was filled with joy, filled with pain, or a confusing mixture of both, we want you to know you are not alone. Above all, we want to remind you that our God is walking this journey with you. Right by your side, He is with you every step of the way.
To close out the year, we asked each member of our National team to share a simple word of encouragement that has been on their heart. Today we’d love to share each of their responses with you. Our prayer is that these words would be encouragements for you to hold onto this holiday season!
Here are some encouraging words from our hearts to yours:
– Sarah Wilson, Community Specialist
God is creating pathways through impossible circumstances, friend. He is always in the process of creating and doing more for his children. Let’s enter the new year in expectation of the pathways and streams instead of the wilderness and wastelands. I believe God has special things in store just for you – handcrafted perfectly for your life. He is doing a new thing and we get to be a part of it!
Honestly, this year has been a tough one for our family. We’ve experienced a lot of change and newness within a short period. We’ve seen both the beauty and brokenness of foster care. I love Christmas because it reminds us that Christ came to us! To be with us and to walk with us through the beauty and the brokenness.
Maybe this has been a tough year for you as well. As we approach the Christmas season, may you be reminded that Jesus truly is “Emmanuel,” God with us. Thank you for journeying with TFI!
Chandler James, Advocate Coach
Venture into Christmas this season with God’s word from John 1:5 tucked in your heart, that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” The very reason we celebrate is the arrival of eternal, all encompassing, extinguishing of evil—hope—in the darkest possible places. When you sing the carol this year about the little town, sing with bold assurance, “Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light.” No matter how dark the streets may be, God’s light shines through all adversity everywhere to everlasting through the one that was born in Bethlehem.
Liz Archambault, Advocate Coach
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