Today’s blog is stolen from my mother. A recent retiree, my mother now has added leading about 20 different Bible studies to her daily routine of prayer, reading her Bible, and running 5000 miles while bench pressing my weight with one arm. She doesn’t write habitually, but she showed me this short snippet she was planning on sharing with one of her current Bible studies at church.
Even at my most cynical, I can hear God speaking through my mother. I hope you can hear it, too.
Are you having a Mary Christmas season or a Martha Christmas season? Are you caught up in the preparations—shopping, baking, decorating, planning, celebrations? As believers in Christ we know what the right answer is. If you are like me, you want to sit at the feet of Christ and you know that is the right place to be . . . but this other stuff has to get done. Take it from as someone who is a Martha through and through—I know it’s hard. Often I just wanted the holidays to be done and get back to my routine.
Jesus wants something more for our lives—we are to be joyful always, give thanks in everything, and pray continually.
As you shop for each gift—pray for the person you are buying for. When you give that gift, ask God to lead you to a scripture verse that you could attach. As you do your holiday baking and decorating, thank God for his provision, and choose to be joyful with every person you come in contact with. Take time every day to sit at the feet of Jesus. Satan will try and block you, but we know Christ is stronger and will provide a way.
I participate in a devotion at Miller’s Assisted in Living in Portage, and one of the ladies there named Alice, who is in her 90s, when asked about her holiday tradition said, “The holidays are a lot of work.” When I am 90+, I want to be able to say that my tradition is to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to what He says.
|Me and Momsie wishing you a Happy Christmas (...last year)!|