“Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land” (Proverbs 25:25).
It seems that what this season has been reduced to is busyness, to the point of collapse. Spending, to the point of being broke. And comparison, to the point of cruelty.
God has been reminding me more and more lately that these holidays are actually Holy Days.
Don’t delay any longer. You are overdue to not overdo.
Let this quench your thirst:
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord'” (Luke 2:9-11)
Allow this to slide past your parched lips:
You see, at just the right time–when we were still powerless–Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).
Release the heat of stress as the cool of this blossoms within you:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:1-3).
It is not about the calendar or the checkbook or the list of demands. It’s not about how your days look compared to another’s. It’s really not.
“‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her'” (Luke 10:41-42).
Choose the right one. It will never be taken away from you. Happy Holy Days.
Prayer: Blessed Messiah, This season, I choose You. Only You. You are my one thing, and I am overdue to not overdo. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. They live the good life in South Louisiana. She is a writer for God’s glory. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and a yet-unnamed neuro degenerative disease, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January 2014. Though her condition continues to deteriorate, her spirit is constantly focused on eternity. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
What step can you take today to remove something from your list of demands, and replace it with Jesus?
This is “Adore Him” by Kari Jobe. Take a few minutes to set aside your to do list. Take a breath and listen and . . . just adore Him. I am certain we will both feel better! -Lisa