I can hardly believe a year has flown by so fast and its Christmas again! I still at this point need to do shopping and finish getting ready (a late end of term this year has impacted my prep time). But, as I start to get in a tizz about what I haven’t done yet I am reminded why we are celebrating and it’s not about anything I have or haven’t done but, it’s all about what God has done!
God sent his own precious son, Jesus, to live on this earth as a human (God amongst us) and then to ultimately die on a cross so we could enter back into a right relationship with him.
Isa 9:6 A child is born to us!
A son is given to us!
And he will be our ruler.
He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”
“Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,”
“Prince of Peace.”
‘JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON’
It’s all too easy to get side-tracked with the festivities and preparations that we completely overlook Jesus and I have been guilty of that myself as I fall under the weight of consumerism that is rife in today’s society. The fear of not having a perfectly presented house, the ‘right’ presents under the tree (or not in my case), enough food to feed an army, the perfect outfit for Christmas Day get togethers and on and on the list goes.
ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!! Even typing that list is making me feel anxious!
How are you doing with your anxiety levels this Christmas?
Over this Christmas season I want my home to be welcoming and tidy obviously, but it is never going to be perfect because we’re not perfect as human beings. I will have food to feed my family and if people call by I’m sure the Lovely Mr B can rustle something up with what we have available (cheeky I know). As long as I get to spend some quality time with those I love then all the rest can happily fade into the background for me.
Christmas can be an extremely busy time of the year and the opposite of restful but this year I am so tired physically and emotionally that rest is the top of my list of ‘wants’. It is going to be a time to draw close to Papa and spend some quality time hearing about his plans for me for the year ahead and getting excited and re energised by being close to him.
It’s also going to be a time of processing my ‘stuff’. The last few months have been very hard going with two deaths in our close family which have left us heartbroken. It would be so easy to try and keep going and pasting a smile on our faces for Christmas but I’m more into getting real. I will definitely be taking time to bring all my pain and disappointment to a Father who cares so deeply about me and how I feel. It will no doubt get a bit messy (if you know what I mean) but I know that it will get me back into the right place to move forward and not leave me with road blocks in my life that stop the Holy Spirit flowing through me.
If you too are going through a season of grief (see prev post) I heartily recommend some quality time with the father who will gently help you deal with the pain and put you back together. He is in the business of bringing wholeness and restoration.
1Pet 5-10-11 Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
As I type this I am listening to ‘Mountain‘ by Bryan and Katie Torwalt and the words;
‘High in the mountains I will be lifting my voice and in the valley I will be dancing for joy. In every season you are worthy, in every moment you’re wonderful’.
Wherever this holiday season finds you, this is the truth. God loves you wholeheartedly and he couldn’t love you any more today than he already does.
Can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. Also, a massive thank you for all your love and support this year. I am looking forward to lots more blogging next year and for Kingdomcallingblog to continue to grow, inspiring and encouraging the people that read it in their daily walk with God.