‘Tis the Season

Trees and lights are going up everywhere. Shopping malls are filled with Christmas music and smiling faces. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” ….Yes, it’s the week after Thanksgiving! The anticipated wait is over. Christmas season is finally here.

Oh what fun it is! At least for a couple of weeks, right?

Let’s face it. By Christmas Day, most of us lose our joy to society’s ideal that all must be perfect to be merry and bright. We tend to get too stressed preparing for gatherings with family and friends. We are always worried about the house being perfectly decorated, all the right foods on the menu, perfect gifts, etc. As a result, we can find ourselves too tired to enjoy the day, and just ready for it to be over.

And we know the truth. All the frills and trying to make the day all perfect is not necessary.  JESUS, the guest of honor is already there. He sees our imperfections and still loves us perfectly. Our guests should see the warmth and joy of Jesus through our hospitality, shining brighter than any string of Christmas lights or candle centerpieces.

God sent his son Jesus to save us. So as we plan, shop, and prepare our houses this month, let’s examine each step and find its significance in celebrating the birth of our Savior. We will find, most will be trifling insignificance.

Let’s not sweat the small stuff this month. Let’s ask to God help us prepare for each day. Let’s ask HIM to open our eyes and hearts to JESUS and every unique blessing He has prepared for us, now and on Christmas Day. And let’s give HIM the honor and glory for it all!

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” – 1 Timothy 1:15-17

Praying with Psalms

It is assumed David wrote Psalms 61, 62, & 63 during a time of refuge. Perhaps when he escaped during Absalom’s rebellion or when he was hiding in the wilderness after Saul tried to kill him. Regardless the reason, David shows us how to trust God, worship God and pray to God no matter our circumstances.

Remember the saying, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”? Well, an idle man can be an enchanting playground for Satan as well. In Psalm 63, David demonstrates how to draw close to God; how to turn lonely moments into prayerful worship.
I want to encourage you to find solace in the Word of God and through prayer to God. No matter what you are going through, what stage of life you are in, you find direction and peace within His Word and through prayer. If times are good, give praise God, and thank Him for those times; reflect on how He helped you through the bad times, give Him praise. If you are going through a hard place right now, pray. Talk to God. He wants to hear it all and He will see you through it all.
I hope you find peace and joy in the Lord today:
Psalm 61

“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah  For you, O God, have heard my vows;  you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Prolong the life of the king; may his years endure to all generations! May he be enthroned forever before God; appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! So will I ever sing praises to your name, as I perform my vows day after day.”

Psalm 62

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. How long will all of you attack a manto batter him like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah    For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah 

Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion;in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery;  if riches increase, set not your heart on them. Once God has spoken twice have I heard this that power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.”

Psalm 63

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

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