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Our number 21 Christmas devotion uses the color green for a Christmas object lesson with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true
reason for the season! Each day
snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social
Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of
Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!
Green...it's all around us! God has woven it into the very fabric of the earth. It points us to life, to refreshing, to new beginnings.
Here in Louisiana we have green all year around, but even with all our evergreens and warmer weather, winter still brings a weariness to the earth and to us as people. The barrenness, the lack of color, the cold and the bitter.
Winter…a time when the earth seems to take a break and rest. Although these times may appear dreary and confine us, even these times are needed for the new growth coming in Spring again.
The winters of our life can seem dreary and even hopeless, but there is new growth taking place even when we can't see it. God is at work!
"For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6
God knew not only the earth needs
intervals of rest, but we as His children also need times of rest. He
even set the example in the beginning.
"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done."
Genesis 2:1-3 NIV
Our verse today reminds us of this important truth - "He makes me lie down in green pastures..."
How are you handling this Christmas season...the rush, the busyness, the weariness? Take time to allow Him to help you stop and enjoy His presence, be renewed.
If you're anything like me, when I am tired...I get grumpy! I am not at my best. I do not reflect Christ's joy, light, peace, life or anything good. And usually those closest to me get the brunt of my "winter chill".
As you look around and see "green". Let it remind you, nudge you...to take time to lie down in His green pasture of life and renewal. You may be thinking you can't afford to, but in reality we can't afford not to! When our four kids were young and I would hit "a wall" of exhaustion, my husband would encourage me to lie down and rest a few minutes...if not for myself, then for everyone else! Haha!
It doesn't have to be long...just a few minutes remembering His many gifts of blessing, remembering He's in control, remembering abundant life is when we abide in Jesus not in our own strength.
And if you are struggling in life feeling that deep loneliness or depression of an emotional winter, know that God is near; He is at work. I love the verse below because it doesn't mean "to know about God", but "to know Him intimately."
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
My prayer for this Christmas devotion is that we each experience the new life of Jesus Christ budding out in our lives...even during winter because we have found rest in Him.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest."
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