How are we doing, friends? If you're doing the #RESTOREadvent devotional, or any advent devotional, how is it going? For me, this starts to be the time when I start to get lax... Forget a few days... Get busy with work and parties and shopping... Maybe that's not you, and if so, teach me your consistent ways! but, if you do feel behind, maybe not with a devotional but with friendships or Christmas shopping or any of life's list of to dos, know this: you're okay. It's okay. Don't despair. Jesus came that we might have have HOPE, that we would see the salvation of God. And when we live like we have really seen that salvation and know his redeeming love, we are radically different. I frequently think "I'm always going to be a mess". Not just messy (although I can definitely be that), but a disaster, a wreck, unable to get my life together. And you know what, I probably always would be-- but for the grace of God, which has the ability to make every crooked path straight, the rough ways smooth. (Luke 3:5-6) so maybe you're behind and feeling discouraged today. I'm challenging you to see Jesus for who he is, able to turn that discouraged heart into a courageous one, filled with hope.