So it’s here; the night before Advent! A time of anticipation and a time of reflection as we turn our focus from the hectic to the hushed, from the busy to the quiet, and from the excitement of Christmas preparation, to the anticipation of one Royal birth; the awesome birth of our Saviour. The One who left His divine credentials behind to enter the world as God yet man, arrived in baby form, shape and size! He entered into crude surroundings to bring Light and Truth and establish Hope for our weary, worn hearts from generation to generation. Oh aren’t we glad He did?
Yeah, there are still very busy days ahead to prepare for this Birthday of all Birthday events, but on this sweet night, the night before Advent, when the lights twinkle with glimmer and sparkle with festivities, our hearts can be stilled and our minds quieted before this most astounding event that went down in history. We can be amazed at the most Holy Light of the World that was born into this most unholy world of darkness to make a difference in the hearts of His people.
He’s the brightest light for everyone everywhere to see and to know! Oh yes, beautiful soul, hush for the hectic and quiet from the busy ‘cuz on this night before Advent, we get to unwrap the most precious Light of all; the Light of God’s most amazing love and we get to share it with the world of darkness in so much need.
Unwrap God’s love tonight.
I send Many Blessings to You ♥
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Love ♥ & Gratitude & Light * & Hope ♥
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So ’tis the season to be jolly? Is it really? Is it really a season to be jolly and joyful or do we find ourselves in a scurry of just clear crazy? With so much on the ‘Good-Will’ ‘to do’ platter, we might just find there’s too much conundrum on our own plate. How then do we quiet ourselves amidst this complete craziness of so much of everything to accomplish.
Chances are it’s not just the hubbub of Christmas festivities but other things too; other issues that creep in from the far corners of your world! They sneak in like creepy shadows, without invite, yet loudly proclaim their presence as they parade dauntingly through the mind. Intimidating they are, every step of this way and that and every way in between, they rant on and on and on. Things that go bump in the night and make sleep a thing of the past! Well, it’s just an anxiety here a tension there, a bit of strife and disagreement and our old enemy is boldly on deck, ready to snag us with a host of nonsense and issues to distract from ever seeing the ‘Merry’ in Christmas! So ok, ’tis the season to be jolly but sometimes the “Merry” is so far removed from our life that we even fail to find the “Christ” of Christmas.
Remember Him? He’s the Saviour of your day! Your life, your week, and your busy season of life. So, ok, beautiful one, as His child, whatever season you’re in, you can know He’s walking it with you! Right along beside! So whatever you do right now, collect your messy thoughts and usher your busy, crazy world right into His sweet and powerful presence for some healing and some quiet. So now, there you are with your whole heart, smack dab in the presence of your amazing God, Maker, Creator, Savior and Lord. What now? Well, just savour the moments with the Saviour and find His grace enough to dissipate those fears hidden in the shadows! Yeah, You’ll find enough peace there for the hectic, enough mercy there for the miles you’ve trod, enough healing to rejuvenate the weary! You’ll find enough grace there too, for the moment, enough Light there for road and enough hope there to keep you on keeping on!
Oh yeah, and that ‘good will “To Do” platter? Well, relax with it, it will be full and running over, just like your heart of joy and gratitude to the One who cares so deeply for your beautiful soul.
So, beautiful you, when the busy gets up and runs off, running crazy in the days ahead, take a ‘time out’ to get alone with the One who knows you upside and downside and confirm with the Psalmist as he pens in Psalm 97: 10 b, “He protects the lives of His godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Light shines on the godly, and joy on those whose hearts are right.”
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:: 28 – 30
” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Scripture defies the darkness and it’s pages exude references to the radiance of Christ, the Light of the World. John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
During the Festival of Shelters, sixteen golden bowls were filled with oil and lit. Jesus stood beneath them in the inner courts of the temple, in a section known as the Treasury, John 8:20 and said that He was now the source of the Light.
The Light of Jesus brings salvation, not just to Israel, but to us, the world, regardless of who we are, race or location. As Christ Ones abiding in His words, in obedience to His perspective and guidance we will not only walk in His beautiful light, we ‘become’ as light reflecting the radiance of Christ in our character. Phil 2:14,15.
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves a point-blank question. Is our light shining? Is it radiantly obvious in our actions? In our behaviours? In our countenance? Is it shining forth to light up the dark corners for others or do the batteries weaken somewhat as life happens and takes us with it? Yeah, maybe we need to recharge before the God of our salvation and the Christ who stood under the sixteen golden bowls of oil lighting the temple and point-blank stated in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” NLT Study Bible.
Philippians 2:14, “Do everything without complaining and arguing. So that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives, as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
So it begins! Another whole new week with a lot of “What If’s’? What For’s? How Come’s? Why Now’s? Could I’s? Should I’s? I Will’s, and I wont’s! Oh yeah, the questions come a calling don’t they? .. Just parading through the beginning of a new day, a new week, a new start, like they crave attention and like they seek a stage to act on, just like they always do! ~ They leave us guessing on the next move, the next step, the next moment and the next turn. The why’s and the wherefore’s can be so daunting really, can’t they? They can be so overwhelming for our, oh so human, frailty and fragility. The thing is when they overtake us, they just out-right rob our precious joy right out from under our noses and take control of our hearts. Oh but beautiful you, our Lord delights in direction. He delights in giving it and He delights in our seeking his face for help on that next step. The Psalmist in Psalm 32: 8 knew it all to well didn’t he, when he penned our Lord’s words?
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Psalm 32:8
“Psalm 37:23-24 – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
So yeah, He truly does set us stepping off in the right direction and oh He wants so much to dole out extra grace for those steps and wrap us up tightly in His ever-loving love. So, rather than looking at the obstacles then, let’s look into His gentle, tender face and into tender eyes that saw you from the cross and beyond.. Caring, sovereign eyes that stamped His approval on you before your creation. That’s why you’re here. He delighted in you and saw the potential and said it was good. So for all your daunting questions and thoughts, for sure, He’s got those too. He’s got your tiredness, your weary bones, your aching heart, your lonely soul, your rejection and he’s got all those relentless questions.. He’s working them out, so let’s seek His advice on our new beginnings, new days and new weeks and let’s find healing in the sweet name of Jesus and in His sweet presence let’s find peace for new beginnings.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5: 7
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”