The Pressure Is Off

Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be shaken.

My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock. My refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before him.

God is our refuge. Selah.

Psalm 62:5-8 CSB

The Pressure Is Off

I read this verse and immediately my soul took a deep breath. I sure did need it. Isn’t that just like the Word of God? His Word is alive and active and always doing a work in us. If you are like me, You are beyond grateful for that work. My 2017 was a year. As I am sure many of you can relate, I found myself on some pretty mountaintops and in some rocky valleys. The undercurrent of last year was an intense struggle in my mind. That is where the battle is, right? It doesn’t begin with our emotions or our actions. It begins with our thoughts.

For the most part, I am a disciplined person. I don’t normally have trouble with focusing on all things lovely and righteous and good. But, I think the enemy came for me. I have been sensing a shift coming, a breakthrough. When God is gearing up to propel us forward in our relationship with Him or in our calling or in building His Kingdom, the enemy is gearing up as well to destroy the plans of the Lord.

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The Holiday Rush


We are in full on Christmas mode, aren’t we? Traffic is worse than normal. Stores are more crowded. Children are making wish lists. People appear to be completely hurried. Anxiety about what to buy for loved ones and how much to spend on them is running high. We all know how commercialized Christmas has become and yet every year, we fall into the same trap. We worry and hustle and run around frantic.

This year, I decided to do an Advent study. I used to do Advent related things when I was younger growing up in the Catholic church. Once I became older, I drifted away from truly reflecting on this season. I wanted this year to be different. This whole year has flown by in very much a blur. The world has dealt with all manner of trauma, from natural disaster to deaths to every sort of tension. This year, my life has experienced extreme highs that were often overshadowed by extreme lows.

My soul has been crying out for rest and peace and a slower pace. I’m sure that you’ve probably been feeling this as well. My life is busy and the holidays seem to bring out the extra busy. But, I am choosing intentionality in my schedule and in my focus.

The term Advent is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming.” It is a reminder of Christ’s first coming as well as a reminder of His second coming. Wrapped up in all of this is this process of waiting and expectation and hope. I don’t know about you, but when I look back on the hard of this year and the craziness in the world around me, I can feel a bit hopeless.

But God. Over 2,000 years ago, He sent hope wrapped in human flesh, swaddled in a manger.

I have been re-discovering the beautiful and tangible reminder of what Christ’s birth really meant for us within the candles used during Advent:

 

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