― For the past week, I have been quietly thinking about all of the ways I fall short of the glory of God. Past failures have been running rampet in my head, and I can't shake the feeling that I don't deserve the goodness God has bestowed on me this year. Perhaps it's my nature to self-deprecate. ∙ Last year at this time, I was curled up in a miserable heap on my couch, celebrating Christmas with my son while my daughter visited with her daddy. I had stayed up nearly 24 hours that night- [...].