Friday, December 14, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Michelle | Edit Post
Earlier this week, I felt like I was out of control. OK, not just felt like it, I was out of control. I felt like I had so much to do. I hadn't started Christmas baking yet. I hadn't started Christmas shopping yet. I was dealing with some family issues. I just didn't know when I was going to get time to do everything. I just was so tense and frustrated. I wanted to curl up and hide and just sleep through this season.
But, Christmas is coming.....
Tuesday morning, I sat and did my Good Morning Girl study for the day (of which I haven't posted yet). It was based on Nehemiah 8:10.
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. do not grieve for the JOY of the Lord is your strength." (NIV84)
I felt defeated and beaten. Of course I was tired. That's what happens in battle. You get tired. You get weary. But His JOY will give us the strength to go on and hold on. When we are in the trials it is hard to recognize this. We are too focused to see the light. Everything seems overwhelming and dark. We need to focus on the light. We need to find it even when it seems like embers in a dying fire. It's still light and has the possibility of turning into a raging forest fire.
This season is about the light. God brought his Joy into the world. Jesus is the light and Joy that gives us strength when we don't know how we will get through. He brightens our way and leads us through the darkness. He enables us to go on, when we don't think we are able to.
I've been leaning on the lyrics of the Plumb song "Need You Now." We all need Him now. We all need to search for Him, whether in the light of a manager or the shadow of the cross. He is there. He is calling us. He wants to bring us Joy. We just need to ask for it and embrace it.
"Need You Now (How Many Times)"
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