My Father-in-Law was over yesterday for a Christmas visit and in conversation, he mentioned how he was surprised at the number of dysfunctional families that are ‘out there’.  He shared a bit about a few people he has spoken to recently and the stories saddened my heart.  

We see photos and Christmas movies with perfect family Christmases and we wonder if we are the only ones who don’t have everything so…perfect.  Some of us do have a wonderful family to gather with on Christmas and throughout the year – in fact, that is mine and Marcus’ prayer for our kids and grandkids (future!) down the road.  That we will have wonderful Christmases full of laughter, memories, and blessings.  And it really is great to have a family like that.  If that describes you and your family, embrace it, friend.  

Then there are those of us who don’t have wonderful family gatherings.  Life looks totally different.  One way or another, it is important to embrace what you do have instead of wishing for something that used to be or should’ve been.  That’s why I chose Maree Dee’s post, When Holiday Traditions Hurt To The Core, as my feature this week.  I loved the tip she offered in her post – it encourages us to keep looking ahead, as scripture says in Philippians (a few times).  Head on over to her site to read her fantastic post.

Maree Dee, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!

Grace and Truth Link-up

Now for this week’s link up!  Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord.

Grace & Truth : A Weekly Christian Link Up

Grace & Truth exists to point people to Jesus! We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement each and every week. If you’re a blogger our hope is that you’ll use this space as a way to meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader our hope is that you’ll meet new bloggers that love Jesus just as much as you do! Most of all, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here.


Arabah Joy


Dawn Klinge – Above the Waves


Aimee Imbeau – A Work of Grace


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Aimee Imbeau

Aimee is a wife to an incredible husband, Marcus, and mother to three fabulous children. She works from home as a homeschool support teacher and she homeschools her own children as well. She loves writing abut her faith and decided to give blogging a try in 2013. The rest is history...

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  • Aimee, Thank you for featuring my post this week. I love what you had to say leading up to it. It is so true we look at other families and compare so often when God just wants us to learn how to be content with what we have. Plus pictures don’t really tell the entire story.