This year, more than ever, we need the hope given to us at Christmas by the birth of our Lord, to permeate our hearts.
The last year has felt like a marathon with no finish line. We keep on, keeping on, not knowing what the future will bring. But in this uncertainty, there is a heaviness around us and it threatens to squelch out the light and the joy in our hearts, if we allow it. For this reason, it is important that we take time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and the hope and the promises that were given to us on that very special day.
Here are a few ways you can reignite the light in you this Christmas season:
#1 Believe in the true meaning of Christmas. Seems simple, doesn’t it? This simple act of faith and believing will change your life, if you let it.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
#2 Be grateful - for all the good that abounds and surrounds you. It is there, no matter the circumstances, if only you have eyes to see. Take time to notice the everyday blessings in your life.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
#3 Hold onto hope - it’s there, right in front of you, just grab onto the hope that the miracle of this season provides for us.
“I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.” Acts 2:25,26
#4 Show love to others - the act of giving of ourselves and truly loving our neighbours, friends and family is the greatest act of kindness. We will reap what we sow and it buoys our own hearts to do good.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
#5 Live abundantly - every day is a choice. We all can become overwhelmed with loss, grief and sorrow when going through challenging times. It takes courage and determination to focus on living in a way that glorifies Him. This alone will give us a life full of purpose and meaning.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
Our God can bring beauty from ashes, hope from despair, healing from the broken, and light from darkness.
He’s in control and holds the beauty that is you in the palm of His hand.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! 🎄