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8 Words of Encouragement for You This Holiday Season

By December 6, 2021Blog

It’s officially Christmas time! Stockings are hung, the tree is up, and many of us are reflecting back on the year coming to a close.

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 2021, 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 8 encouraging words from our heart to yours:

 


Friend, are you weary? I know the feeling. Sometimes by the time December rolls around it feels like we have to drag ourselves across the finish line. You are not alone. I am reminded of Romans 8:19, “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the son of God.” I can’t help but consider how much more meaningful it is to celebrate the Savior of the world being born into human flesh when we are feeling the weight of our own humanity. As we close the chapter on 2021, the weary world rejoices! We can look forward in gratitude to the promises we receive through Christ. Thank you for being here in this space with us!

Sarah Wilson, Community Specialist


When a new year comes rolling around, it’s easy for our minds to become transfixed on all of the possibilities and unknowns of the next 365 days. And under normal circumstances, that’s my tendency as well. 2021 will go down in history for many things, and being a normal year will not be one of them. Wherever you are on your foster care journey, I imagine you can look back on countless highs and lows from this past year. And maybe that makes you anxious for next year and what’s to come. If this is you, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on what God has done already. 1 Chronicles 16:12 says, “Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgements He pronounced.” When we get a chance to rest in what God has done, it gives us hope for what He is going to continue to do. We have had the opportunity to rest in what God has done/is doing at TFI, and it’s marvelous!! We are excited to be partnered together in this journey; for this year and many more to come! Praying for you, friends.

Gaelin Elmore, Coaching Director


I love this time of year! Not only because of the holiday traditions, the smell of candles, our Christmas tree, and fresh baked pies in the oven. My love for this time of year is also not only because of the sounds of the Christmas music that fills my home, the crackling of the fire, or the old handmade-by-kids Christmas ornaments on the tree, but I love this time of year because it always makes me reflective. As I reflect, I can’t help but see the Goodness and Faithfulness of God. What about you? How has God grown you this year? How has He shown Himself faithful? Let’s not forget to “Be still and know that He is God” and rest in the fact that He will never leave us alone! Know that we at TFI are for you, and cheering you on!
Jami Kaeb, Founder and Executive Director

I hope that no matter what the end of the year brings—excitement, fear, sadness, joy, grief—you will lean on God through it all! As 1 Peter 5:7 says,Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Remember that God loves you and cares for you, no matter your circumstance. Thank you so much for following along with TFI over the last year! We truly hope that these articles have brought you value and helped you in one way or another. Looking forward to next year!
Mitch Nelson, Creative Director

I’m not sure what your year has looked like nor what’s in store for the next. What I do know is that Christmas is good for the soul, reminding us each year of the goodness and kindness of our God in making a way for redemption. Galatians 4:4-5 tells us of His love and care: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” God came to us in our time of need in sending His Son, Jesus. And He still is with us, helping us, walking with us, and working in us through His Spirit. He has offered us a new identity and a secure hope for the future. So, whatever this season or year ahead brings, know that you are loved and you are valuable. God has done it all. So, rest in Him. Thank you for giving us a space to share what we’re learning about and from God through His Word and the circumstances He’s placed us in.
Holly Gnuse, Community Director

For some of us, 2021 was a difficult year. Maybe you’ve experienced loss, heartache, or disappointment. Maybe you still feel like you’re in the midst of some of those things. If that’s something you can relate to, let these verses restore your hope.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.


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 2022 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!

Becky Nelson, Office Manager

As 2021 comes to an end, remember that our Joy and Peace comes from God, and He offers it to us with abundance. Alongside Paul, my prayer echoes Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Here at TFI, we can’t wait to see what is to come next year, as Jesus keeps stepping in and giving hope to the foster care community!
Quinn Brewer, Graphic Designer

Over the years, I have learned that Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical. Our ability to love one another, to renew our faith, and bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest of gifts to bestow and receive. Christmas is indeed a time for sharing in gift giving and celebrating, too. And yet, the greatest gifts are not those wrapped in fine papers or dressed in colorful bows. They are those given with an open heart, one wrapped in the lovely ribbons of faith, hope, and love. To quote Charles Dickens’ classic tale, “A Christmas Carol,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” Words of wisdom that should be echoed on this day and all the days yet to be.
Danielle Gentry, Development Director

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