December 19, 2019
Over the past few weeks, I have been involved in multiple conversations in which people have shared how they are weary, overwhelmed, and just plain exhausted. To be truthful, I haven't been a stranger to any of these feelings.
Each year, I hope that I can simplify my to do list and my calendar, and each year, it proves to be a challenge.
I absolutely love Christmas time--- all the fun traditions, the special time with family and friends, the cold and snuggly weather, and the beautiful decorations everywhere. But if I’m honest, I also find myself running low on energy and becoming very distracted in this season.
Presents to wrap.
Parties to attend.
Treats to bake.
Work to be completed.
Family traditions to be made.
The other day, as I was working, I heard the song, "Joy to the World," in the background, and I grinned at the words, "The weary world rejoices." I can so relate. Despite the weariness and the feelings of being overwhelmed, we can rejoice!
Christ the King came into our world. Can you even imagine how much He loved us that He would leave the perfection of Heaven to enter our world as a baby? He wants to meet us where we are. What a reckless and lavish love He has for us! He did it for me and He did it for you, weary mama.
The truth is that when we are weary, it is the Lord that gives us strength. We won't find the rest we need in any Netflix movie or by checking boxes on our to do list. We will only find true rest in the arms of our Savior.
Isaiah 40:29 tells us "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak."
Matthew 11:28-29 reminds us that the Lord calls us to come to Him, all those that are burdened, and that HE will give us rest.
And one of my favorite verses of all times, Psalm 62:5 reminds us that our souls find rest in God and hope is found in Him alone!
My prayer for each of us is that during this Christmas season, we don't lose hope. Instead, despite our weariness, may we rejoice in our KING OF KINGS! May we find TRUE REST in Him!
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