CHRISTmas is a time to celebrate and remember the birth of our Savior. A time of family gatherings, giving and cheerfulness. Although some may not feel up to any celebrations this year or some may have lost their joy, I urge you to change your thinking and attitude and marinate in the goodness of Christ. Look beyond the pain, hurt, difficulties, struggles, storms and just remember who Jesus is to you and what He has done for you.
This year has been difficult for everyone. Some families have lost loved ones, some have been hospitalized with COVID or other illnesses (my father) , some have struggled financially (including me). As If that was not enough, then came the Church having to be closed and we were forced to watch services from home and of course, it is not the same as being in the LORDS house. But it was a reminder and conviction for me of the days I did not go to church out of laziness. When I was making excuses and not being fully committed.
This year we have seen lives lost through senseless, violent acts. We have seen unfairness, ugliness and untruth unraveling around us like a plague. The worse part for me is we have seen Christians fall prey to it all and live in fear and be likened to the world instead of standing firm in Christ. I shake my head every time I think about it.
Yes, it has been a year for the books!
At the same time, I feel this has been a year full of blessings. During this difficult time living through a Pandemic, if you have not grown spiritually or grown closer to the LORD, that is your own fault. This year GOD shook us to the core, and He asked us to self-evaluate. This year God is plucking the weeds from his Harvest and raising up warriors that He is using to plant seeds and flourish because as His word says, the Harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. This year has taught me to get out of my feelings, to rely on the LORD completely and into a deeper prayer life. This year I can finally say that I have read and still reading GODS word daily and not just on special occasions. I no longer take for granted the privilege of what it is to read HIS word freely and not be persecuted for it like many Christians in other countries. This Year I am speaking to GOD all day and praying not only when I need something, but praying and asking HIM to use me, to have HIS way in me and to glorify HIMSELF in my life and my families life. This year I find myself hugging my children more, having conversations that I might have never had, teaching my children the word of GOD consistently and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit every second of every day. This year I realized how much re-direction I needed and how much time I was wasting.
This year I truly understood the meaning of what a true servant in Christ is and what our duties are as servants of the Lord. When you truly understand this, your entire perspective, and priorities change (as they should).
We know that Jesus is the reason for the Season as the saying goes, but THIS Christmas may we be reminded of GODS grace on our lives, His provision, His protection and His Mercies that are new with everyday that He blesses us with. I am grateful this year to be alive, I am grateful to serve Christ with all my heart and to have allowed Him to work in me and make the necessary changes in me. I think we can all say that we needed this Spiritual Awakening, some even call it a revival. I think a lot of us were asleep and this year has awakened us! This year take the time to be a blessing to someone, just a word of encouragement, love and prayer makes all the difference.
Keep fighting, keep moving towards Christ, keep pushing through the turbulence and seeking the Lord. Stay focused never taking your eyes off Jesus! Jesus is the light in this dark world for us and His word is a light to our path and a lamp to our feet. The Lord goes before us and strengthens us and that is where our Joy is found.
Love you all,