Emmanuel–God with Us. Merry Christmas!

by | Dec 20, 2019 | Sheila Snippets | 9 comments

The presents need wrapping (and one needs buying).

A few gifts still need to be finished off. The bedrooms that will soon be filled by my kids who are returning home need some tidying.

And I’m very excited!

I’ll be signing off for a week now to take a Christmas break with my kids. When we come back on December 30, I’ve got a bunch of important posts that we’ll be launching right into, and the beginning of 2020 will be big. But before all of that happens, I need a break and to just enjoy my kids, and have some time to reflect on Emmanuel, God with us.

One of our Christmas traditions as a family was that we would often read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever out loud on Christmas Eve. We haven’t done that in a few years, and so my son-in-law David has never heard it. I think we’re going to revisit that tradition this year. (If you’ve never read it, it’s worth it. It’s wonderful. And kids love listening to it, too! It’s an amazing read aloud for all ages. But be careful, because the person reading it will likely be laughing so hard it’s difficult to get through it in places.)

Best of all, my grandson will be joining us this Christmas! When I reflect back on 2019, it’s been a very, very busy year. And so much of it was taken up by Rebecca’s pregnancy and then the birth of our little (now quite chubby) baby boy.

My mom and Keith and I have all also been sick for a few weeks, so we never did manage to get our Christmas decorations up. They’ve all been sitting in the living room for a few weeks waiting until we had energy. But we’re better now (before the baby arrives, thankfully!), and I’ve got to get that done later today.

Tomorrow is also my 28th anniversary.

I’m so glad I’ve got the amazing husband that I do, and we’re going to make a lovely dinner together and just stay home. (I’ve been disappointed in some restaurant meals I’ve had recently, and I decided I’d rather buy something super expensive to make myself, because that’s still cheaper than a restaurant and at least I know it will be good! Plus I like to cook!).

Keith and Sheila wedding

So I’ve got family and marriage and Christmas and lots of things to celebrate, and I hope that you do, too.

What I’d like for Christmas

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

May the season be peaceful. May you be able to take time to reflect on “Emmanuel, God with us.” That Jesus came to live among us, to show us what God is like, to live a perfect life and be our model. And then He gave up that life so that He could make a way for full reconciliation with God. Jesus is with us now. We are not alone.

Emmanuel! Merry Christmas.


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Sheila Wray Gregoire

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Sheila is determined to help Christians find biblical, healthy, evidence-based help for their marriages. And in doing so, she's turning the evangelical world on its head, challenging many of the toxic teachings, especially in her newest book The Great Sex Rescue. She’s an award-winning author of 8 books and a sought-after speaker. With her humorous, no-nonsense approach, Sheila works with her husband Keith and daughter Rebecca to create podcasts and courses to help couples find true intimacy. Plus she knits. All the time. ENTJ, straight 8

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  1. Phil

    Sheila. Thanks for all you do. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary. Have fun everyone.

  2. Nathan

    Sheila, take a well earned break from all that you do and enjoy your family and new grandchild.

    Also Happy Anniversary! When I read that the first time, I thought it said tomorrow is your 28th BIRTHDAY! I thought Wow, 2 grown daughters and a grandson and only 28 years old!

    But Merry Christmas to us all and see you next week!

  3. Arwen

    Merry Christmas Sheila and family. Enjoy your time with family and i pray you reach your goal for the survey by the end of the year!

  4. Ess

    Have a lovely Christmas Sheila, and happy anniversary too! Thank you so much for making a difference to my marriage this year! And PS your grandson is ADORABLE 😊 xx

  5. Rachel C

    Happy anniversary and Merry Christmas. Enjoy your break.

  6. AspenP

    Merry Christmas Sheila! Thanks for all that you do. Your ministry has been a huge blessing to me.

  7. Chris

    Is the pupps thing all gone?

    • Sheila Wray Gregoire

      Not entirely! It’s new year’s now, and it’s still on her legs and arms a bit. 🙁

  8. Learning A New

    Oh my gosh we got married the same year! Happy Anniversary Sheila and Keith.


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