Luke 2: 1-7 shares the story of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem. This was actually prophesied nearly 700 years earlier in Micah 5:2. I personally find prophesy like this pretty amazing. Mary and Joseph ended up in Bethlehem because there was census and everyone needed to return to ancestors home, and Joseph was from the line of David, which was actually another prophecy that was fulfilled from Jeremiah 23:5.
Growing up I always thought it was so strange that Jesus was basically born in a barn. I remember thinking it was kind that the innkeeper let them stay in the stable, but as an adult I think it's so interesting that God chose the stable as the birthplace for the Savior of the world.
It seems to me that God is making a point that it doesn't matter if you come from humble beginnings, you can still be extraordinary. Mathew 6:20 comes to mind too. Years later Jesus stated "But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven..." we can be so focused on "stuff" we sometimes fail to focus on the things that matter. How we treat people matters, but the "stuff" we accumulate doesn't.
I'm also reminded of something else Jesus said years later in Mathew 6: 25-34 in regards to worrying about tomorrow. He mentions the birds in the air and the flowers in the field; God takes care of them, so how much more will he take care of us? It all goes back to the stable, God took care of Mary and Joseph; there was a place for Jesus to be born. God chose the stable.
So, I've already worn this outfit three times. I'm an obsessive outfit repeater when I wear something I really like. Last year I dragged my feet about buying a pair of brown riding boots. I already had some great Born ones with a heel, so I was having a hard time justifying flats. Then I won that DSW contest and got to pick these beauties out for free...I've been wearing them almost daily. I'm also super crazy about this jeweled sweatshirt from Gordmans. I had my eye on a few last year, but never bought one....I don't want to take this one off! Add in the best black pants ever and I'm one happy girl. I really want them in every color, when it gets cold I don't even want to think about skirts, these are definitely my go-to pants.
Vest: West Seal similar / Sweat Shirt: Gordmans c/o same / Pants: Target same / Boots: Unisa c/o DSW same / Necklace: Target same / Bracelets: chloe + isabel c/o same, same
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