No Stress Just Joy
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 (NIV)
In this holiday season it is easy to experience stress, even though it’s supposed to be the least stressful time of the year. As the Holidays are approaching we are still living our everyday normal lives along with planning and prepping for the days to come. I tell you honestly if you are experiencing this I know exactly what you are going through, because I can unfortunately can say I am the queen of stress. I would say stressing out about things is what I do best, and lately that was been my prayer to God, that he would teach me to worry less and have more faith in him and his plans for me.
Right now we are experiencing a time of year that can be very stressful, or even sad for some who are missing loved ones during the holidays. I want to encourage you today to count your blessings this holiday season and try to be thankful for all you have rather than worry about the length of your to do list. If God is the king over all your days, he will take care of you and help you accomplish all you hope to.
Right before writing this devo I came across this simple Psalm that I thought has perfect for this holiday season and just a good reminder of the character and posture we should aim to have before God and others.
“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138 (NIV)
This psalm is a beautiful reminder of who we are called to be before christ and the feeling of love we are supposed to be so overcome with each and every day before him. I encourage you to read that even a couple times if you have to and let the lord say all that he wants to say to you.
I want to leave this as a short reminder to leave all stress, sadness, worry, and negative thoughts at the feet of Jesus and enjoy your season with your family and friends. Be thankful all year round, but be even more thankful now for what God has given you this season. Take a moment of pause and think af all you can be thankful for. Being a child of God is a gift that keeps on giving, each day, hour and season of our lives. I pray your holiday season is full of joy and growth in the Lord.
Let the stress roll off your shoulders, make memories that will last you a lifetime, and have genuine conversations with the ones you love. Connect with your brothers and sister in Christ like you never have before and let God begin to do a new work in you. The best gift you can give to others in this season is truly yourself, let God grow your relationships and your understanding of him. No stress just joy! Let that be your holiday modo!