This year, I'm celebrating the release of my first holiday book.
So it only seemed right to share it with my new church family.
After the Christmas cantata Sunday night, at the annual church-wide Christmas party, they allowed me the privilege of doing a benefit book signing.
And get a load of this.
Were just as excited as the women.
It was so cute.
Strapping ranchers buying books for their wives. Okay, so some of the wives came up later to get another book or two, but still. I thought it was so precious. I mean, these are the kind of guys we write about in our books. The heroes who long to make their lady happy.
You gotta love it.
Kind of like this little guy.
Who scampered off soon after I took this pic.
I love how the calves get so furry for the winter.
Oh, and then there was the "super" moon.
A glorious display of God's glory.
You know, by now my house usually looks like the North Pole threw up.
But things are different this year. Yet despite the frustrations, I choose to find joy in the simple things. Because joy is everywhere.
Joy isn't about things or feelings. It's not about the twinkling lights or the music.
Even in the worst of times, joy a choice.
A choice to celebrate being alive, knowing God has a plan for you.
It's the peace of knowing a Baby came into this world for the sole purpose of saving you.
Looking at life through the lens of joy gives you a different perspective.
One I know I could stand to look through the whole year through.
How about you?
This holiday season, will you choose joy?
Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com