It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This week we begin the official holiday season. It is time to check our hearts and our attitudes. Are we truly thankful? Where is our focus?
This can be a really hard time of year. Maybe a loved one has died or cannot be with you for whatever reason, or you have no family, or the family you do have is hurtful, or there just isn’t enough money for your needs… The list goes on. But we do have these assurances:
“Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.'” ~ Hebrews 13:5
We can be content and rest in the knowledge that God will never leave us alone. Ever.
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
His grace and power are enough for us. We don’t have to be strong on our own. In fact, it is better if we don’t even try. Let God do it for you, in you. Surrender it all to Him.
“We love, because He first loved us.” ~ 1 John 4:19
God is love, God loves us, and with His help, we can love each other. No matter what, God loves you!
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” ~ Galatians 3:26
Don’t have family on earth? Those of us who have believed on Jesus and accepted His free gift of forgiveness are part of a heavenly family, loved by our Father God and His Son with an everlasting love. And look around- though imperfect, you have spiritual siblings around you, too!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
God gave us His Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He is always with us, ready to help us and to comfort us, whatever may come. And then we can help comfort others, too.
“But let all who take refuge in Thee be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and mayest Thou shelter them, that those who love Thy name may exult in Thee.” ~ Psalm 5:11 (in the KJV, exult is “be joyful”)
Take refuge in God’s comfort and joy; sing and be joyful!
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.” ~ Psalm 31:24
Never should we feel hopeless, for our hope is in God.
A reminder- when unhappy thoughts come, memories of pain or sadness, feelings of hopelessness or despair or loneliness, remember God wants us to think on these things:
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” ~ Philippians 4:8
Yes, life is painful and hard. But if you, with God’s help, turn your thoughts and your heart to God and to others, away from yourself, tidings of comfort and joy will come. Seek His refuge, and be thankful for His many blessings and promises and goodness and faithfulness. 🙂