#028: A Still Heart for Christmas: Drawing Near to Jesus in a Chaotic but Joyous Time
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Believe it or not, we are less than four weeks away from Christmas. Crazy!
I love Christmas. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year to me. I love all the Christmas lights, I love blasting Christmas music (I actually started listening to Christmas music in October... haha!), and I just love the joyful spirit behind Christmas.
But, the ironic thing about Christmas, is that it is some of the most stressful time of the year.
We stress about the gifts we need to get for our friends + family, we stress about getting the Christmas meal put together, and maybe we even stress about getting the money to do it all.
Here at Indwelt Women, I want to encourage to shift your focus from all the things you need to do for Christmas and fix your eyes on Jesus.
Let's take a moment, each day from now on up until Christmas, take a moment and draw near to Jesus in this joyful but also chaotic time of the year.
Hold dear to your heart the truth that says, "Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
When you are stressing out about what gifts to get, preach to your heart, "Be still, and know that I am God."
When you are overwhelmed by your to-do list, preach to your heart, "Be still, and know that I am God."
Or maybe Christmas is actually a dreadful time for you. Maybe there are family members that you don't really want to see. Maybe there's brokenness in your relationship that makes gathering with family difficult.
Trust in the Lord when he says, "Be still, and know that I am God.".
However it is you feel about Christmas, it is no less of a time to be in the Word, to be dwelling in the Word, to meditate on His Word day and night. That is how we can have a still heart for Christ.
What we say and what we do is influenced by what we think, and what we think is influenced by what's going on deep down in our hearts.
If our hearts are not stirred up by the Prince of Peace, there is no way we can have true peace in this joyous time.
Let me share with you a few verses you can hold dear to your heart leading up to Christmas.
Also, what a great testimony you will be to your family & friends that, even though there is so much going on, your heart is still, your heart is glad. It is joyous; it is peaceful - that is such a great picture.
Don't hesitate to write these verses on your bathroom mirror, above your sink in the kitchen or even on your arm.
I actually started writing verses on my wrist when I first became a believer. That was so helpful to me because I could always see the Truth in front of me - it was literally on my wrist - I could see it all the time as I went about my day.
It was so helpful and I think it will be helpful to you, too!
Three Verses for a Still Heart
You're probably thinking, "Whoa! Why are you talking about death? Why are you talking about sin? I want peace!"
Here's why: I think it is important to go back to the very basic theology of why Jesus, the Prince of Peace, had to come in the first place.
He had to come because we are sinners, because the consequence of sin is death.
Jesus - His work was to die on the cross on our behalf so that we don't have to die, so that we can be given spiritual eternal life to go back to God and be with Him forever in heaven.
Without realizing what we deserve, we don't really know what is so undeserving about this amazing grace that has been freely given to us; we don't really know that this free gift really came with a costly price to God; we don't really know how much joy this free gift should bring us.
My point is not to condemn you but to bring your focus to what God has done for you through Jesus Christ. God has given you a free gift, this free gift brings you so much - He brings you eternal life, He brings you peace, He brings you joy, He brings you hope, He brings you all the promises that God talked about in the Word.
There is so much rejoicing in that; there is so much hope and peace in that.
Just like what we have talked about before, Christmas can be overwhelming. We can feel like there is just so much to do and we just need a rock that is higher than us that we can lean into, that can support us, that can be there to support us when we become faint.
This will be a great verse for that.
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed because there's so much to do or because there are people you don't want to see during the holidays, let this verse be on your heart.
Let this verse give you the support that you need.
This verse tells us that Jesus IS the Prince of Peace. He gives us the peace that the world cannot give.
We can look to other worldly things for moments of peace, for temporary moments of peace.
We can reach out for our phones, we can flip through magazines, we can sip hot coffee to give some moments of peace. These are great, I am not knocking that.
But they are just temporary. They will not give us the kind of peace that our souls need. They will not be the everlasting peace that only Jesus can give.
When we feel overwhelmed, when you feel like you just can't, go to God. Go to Jesus.
Draw near to Him. Be in the Word. Pray to Him. Ask Him for the peace that the world cannot give. Ask Him to overwhelm you with peace instead of whatever it is that is troubling you.
He WILL give you the peace the world cannot give because He is the only One that can do that.
Other Ways to Draw Near to Jesus
In addition to dwelling in these verses, I encourage you to be prayerful and be in the Word.
Opening up the Bible is what will really transform your heart, your mind, your speech and your actions.
I know it's so hard to be in the Word when you have so many things to do. It's so tempting to just push it off of the list.
However, please don't. Please put it as your top priority because God IS your number one. Don't let other things take that place. Don't let Satan tempt you to put other worldly things as your number one.
Go to God. Keep Him as your number one.
This Christmas, focus on Jesus for 25 days leading up to His birth.
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Friends, I am praying for you today and in the next few weeks that your hearts are close to God's, that your minds are fixated on God's Word, that your hearts will not be anxious and overwhelmed but they will be overflowing with His peace, Hope, Joy and His fruits of the Spirit. I am praying that this Christmas will be the most wonderful time of the year for you because you are in Him and Him in you.