Honestly, I've been in the holiday spirit since the beginning of October. I couldn't wait to decorate the house for fall, and that carried right on over to the Christmas season. I'm a sucker for holiday decor. I just LOVE it, and Pinterest hasn't really helped this addiction, at all. I'm not even an official member, and I'm certainly not crafty, but I'm intrigued by the wonderful creativity of some people!
Anyway, all of this stuff ignites joy and gladness in me, but I got to thinking a couple of days ago, "What if my joy ended there? What if my sense of giddy was based solely on red ribbons and oversized ornaments and twinkling lights?"
Well, folks, you know what the outcome of that would be - DEPRESSION with a capital D! As I've continued to get my feet a little wetter in the work of ministering to women, I've been just appalled at the work of the evil one to depress the minds' of believers. He is the enemy, working overtime to not only sway those who don't know the Lord, but to capture those who do. It's sickening to watch. And, this season seems to bring out more and more of those feelings of being dissatisfied, unfulfilled, and let down by this world and the things and people in it.
If I can encourage your heart in any small way, I'd like to challenge you to settle your joy in God's Word this holiday season. For the next 25 days, I'm going to be reading, and rereading, and reading again the first two chapters of Luke. This is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ the Savior. Will you join me?
Dear friends, the only way to be truly joyful during this holiday and the days thereafter, is to have a heart that is full of the Holy Spirit. God, fill us with the truth of Jesus this Christmas!
Let's not only adorn our homes with beautiful things, but let us also adorn our hearts with the beautiful story of the Savior.