Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10
Today’s post is especially for those of you who wait until the last-minute to finish your Christmas shopping and preparations. What is the message? The message is DO NOT DISMAY! No, that is not a word we use in everyday conversation these days, but it’s worth talking about. To dismay is to freak out. Don’t freak out if every little detail is not finished before Christmas Day – it’s still going to be great – trust me. If you end up at KFC eating chicken out of a box – don’t sweat it – if you are with the people you love most in the world… it’s good. It could end up being the most memorable Christmas ever!
Rest… let’s talk about rest. Yes, we say rest in peace when someone has died. We’re not going to rest that completely, okay; however, we need to dismay, worry, freak out less and rest, trust, rely on the Lord more. He won’t fail to help you in putting Christmas plans together.
How can you rest while you are putting the last-minute touches on your Christmas plans? Here are some ideas:
- Listen to praise & worship Christmas music. There are literally thousands of artists that will reinforce positive Christmas lyrics as you’re driving from place to place today. Don’t dismay. Rest.
- Have some alone time with God before you leave the house. Ask Him to give you moments of rest along the way.
- Everyone is different, but sometimes I stop at a coffee shop located near a favorite shopping spot. I get a cup of something skinny and sugar-free. I take time to sit and silently pray and have a conversation with God about how I’m feeling – pressured or stressed or happy or sad or whatever. I love that God is up for a conversation with me anytime I need to talk. And I try to be a good listener as well. I feel refreshed and ready to keep going. I’m at rest.
Remember ask God to help you and whatever doesn’t get done must not have been important. Keep some verses stored up so you can recall them when need to rest and be calm. Maybe it’d be a good idea to have some in your glove compartment in the car.
I love love LOVE the line that says, LEAVE YOUR WORRIES AT THE DOOR. What door do you go to where you know without a doubt you can leave every care on the doorstep? I pray that my door is one where anyone can lay their stress and worry on the porch and come inside and feel more rested before they leave.
Even more importantly… we need to leave our worries at the door of our hearts and ask God through Jesus to take our worries and cares away. So let’s listen to this great carol.
Do me a favor and stop for a moment, take a breath and say a little prayer of thanks. God is your strength. Rest… and smile. Christ came for you. 🙂