I am feeling a bit downtrodden this morning. Not really sure why, but then again it could be multiple things. After writing this blog, however, I am going to pick myself up ... put on some makeup ... cast my cares ... and press on! I have to or I would simply drown in the issues of life. We cannot allow that to happen. We must take it to Him, lay our burdens at the foot of the cross, walk in faith, and strive ... though quite a struggle and near impossible at times ... to press on. If not, then the enemy wins. It is a constant battle. It amazes me at times how I can go to bed with a smile on my face and wake with such heaviness in my heart.
I once heard a sermon ... it may have been Joyce Meyer but I am sure others have spoken on the same thing ... where the morning is where you are most vulnerable. If you do not kick the enemy's butt as soon as your eyelids flutter, then you could be in a sinking mode throughout your entire day. I believe this. If he can attack our minds before we have even had a chance to fully awaken, then he has accomplished what he has set out to do. Do not allow him to defeat you this easily. Put on your battle fatigue ... hope, faith, endurance, etc. ... and show him who is in charge. Lay your negative thoughts ... your heartaches ... your illness ... the illness of your loved ones .. your financial woes ... your broken relationships ... whatever it may be ... at the foot of the cross and carry on. Even if you have to cast your cares every five minutes, then do so. Be determined to be victorious and not be the victim. We have been victim far too long in this lifetime. It is time for us to open wide and receive all He has for us. He is right there ... with His arms outstretched ... waiting! Call upon Him today and reclaim what has always been yours ... His peace, His joy, His blessings! Do not allow another second to go by with the enemy in control. We have the authority to put him under our feet, and by gosh, it is time we do exactly that very thing!!!!!
All ready for the big day tomorrow? I am sure this is half of the battle ... if not most ... which people are facing today. Lack of funds ... broken relationships ... remembrance of the loss we feel because of loved ones gone way too soon ... money spent we could not afford to spend. This is not what Christmas is about, nor what we should be feeling on this day. Please, listen to me ... I was this very person at one time. Not many years ago, I would go out and spend money I did not have to make others happy. I would charge things on credit cards and then worry after the holidays how I would pay the bills. I would sulk and cry over situations I had no control over. Eventually, I would end up on the pity pot for most of the holidays, but pretending I had it all together. My friends, it is simply not worth it. The love He has for you is worth so much more than this. Do what you can do, and then just love your family. Feel the blessings of what you have in front of you. If you are alone, then go visit with others. Teach yourself to rejoice and find joy in the happiness of others. Remember, His love should be our joy and it should be enough to carry us through anything.
I realize you may be facing circumstances or situations which are out of your control ... you did not ask to be alone during the holidays ... you did not ask to lose your loved one(s) ... you did not ask to be thrown in the trenches of life for which you find yourself ... you did not anticipate being a single parent ... you did not ask to have to care for ill parents ... you did not ask for all the burdens which have been laid upon your delicate shoulders! I get it. I truly do! However, there is a remedy you can reach for today ... something you can ask for ... someone you can call ... which will relieve your stress, dry your tears, lighten the burdens deep in your heart for which you tote, and bring joy to your withered soul ... His name is Jesus! Give it over to Him today. Call out to Him and He will answer. Seek Him and you will find Him. He is so anxiously waiting to hear from you today! Do not tarry or fall under the weights of this world. Allow Him to carry it for you and restore your joy! He did it for me and He will do it for you too!
Regardless of your plight in life today, I wish you only the best Christmas possible. Find the true source of joy, and you have found the best gift ever given! Merry Christmas!