May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Ever wonder what God is up to? Do I? I do, about once a week. I teach middle school and for whatever reason, I am right where God wants me. Lord, help me.
Watch and listen as you cook for those Christmas folks today. Depending on who you will see over your holidays, you may need this by the end of the week.
As I was shopping for my items for our shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, tears came to my eyes. I thought of the kids of Haiti and how little they have and how spoiled I am. As Americans we are so amazingly blessed materially but forget to be grateful and give back. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; Luke 12:48
But there was another reason tears came to my eyes. The holiday season is difficult. It is for so many-I am one of them. Years ago, my father had a terrible stroke at a Sunday School Christmas party that changed everything. Since then I struggle with joy during this obvious season of joy. I am not alone.
“Join me this Christmas season every time things start to get stressed or loneliness and despair start to creep in and quietly, humbly, and slowly sing;
“Oh come let us adore Him,
Oh come let us adore Him,
Oh come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.”
Every year, a meltdown is inevitable. I love Christmas, but memories come flooding back every year and I must deal with them. The pain never gets better. God’s grace and comfort seem to increase. I want to be happy and joyful in this season, but it no longer comes naturally. The enemy would have me to wallow in a pit of sorrow, but I will not. I choose joy.
If this time of year is painful for you, know that I am committed to praying for you. It’s ok to let it out. This time of year, I have at least one meltdown. When there are no words, I just keep telling myself “My only hope is Jesus”.
You got this, friend. 2 weeks. Patience. Go to your happy place. Hope this blog that expresses how we feel helps.
P.S.: Go get a massage-Merry Christmas to yourself!