This is the first mobile post I’ve ever done, so please extend some grace with this new format. It’s Saturday morning & I find myself sipping on some coffee and listening to worship music. It’s simple & peaceful.
I read a blog earlier this morning and it was an amazing perspective of this 2020 Christmas season. I won’t try to summarize it because I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Just head over to her blog & read “Christmas negativity or nativity” and check it out yourself. It was a wonderful read & God used to to remind me on the simplicity of our life with Him.
There was a short while ago where I was talking to my wife about feeling a bit overwhelmed and not having the desire to do my devotionals. Each of us were doing at least 2-3 plans on the Bible app, I was reading three different books & I was finishing up my “Bible in a year” plan. So there was A LOT. Most of the time this is a normal reading loading for me because when I was in seminary school I was constantly swamped in course work.
So I called my wife & we discussed how I was feeling. Come to find out, she was feeling the same way and was struggling to do her devotionals. After some prayer, I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me it was time to take it back to the basics. So I suggested to my wife that we should stop doing all of our extra reading & just get back to doing one chapter a day. I suggested some different places we could start and she chose Romans.
It’s been about a week since we started doing that & let me tell you… the desire is BOOMING. I can’t wait to get in and read what God has for me that day. I can’t wait to enjoy sweet fellowship with my Lord as I read His word. I find myself excited again. Same thing applies to this Holiday season.
Many of us are used to the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. The shopping, traveling, endless to-do list to prepare for Christmas. OH! And if you are a “super Christian” you are doing your advent studies. All while actually forgetting about our Lord and Savior. We spend all December celebrating but not actually sitting with the one we are supposed to be celebrating. We spend thousands at stores to give gifts to family, but won’t donate to our local churches to spread the gospel.
I just find it so very refreshing to sit back and reflect on this. Billions are spent every year on gifts that are forgotten in a few months… but yet, millions are starving here in the US. There are countless hours spent shopping, decorating, celebrating & being merry… but yet, we go to a candlelight service and reflect on Jesus for an hour or two…
My friends… if COVID has taught us one thing, it’s that God is the one thing that can never be taken from us. No matter what comes in this life, God is there. This year had rocked everyone’s boat, but if we truly believe in Jesus… we aren’t even worried because if our boat gets rocked to the point of sinking… we have a savior that can walk on water and pull us out.
Let’s get back to the simplicity of this season. As my fellow blogger said… It was just Mary & Joseph, in a manger… with Jesus. For many of us, being alone in a manger with our savior should be our greatest delight…
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