Christmas is perhaps the time of year, other than Resurrection Sunday, when the world focuses most on the birth of Jesus Christ, His purpose for coming to earth, and the reason we celebrate the season. This is a time of year when many may be more receptive to hearing about our faith, while others need the encouragement our faith offers us. Whether you’re making homemade Christmas ornaments for the tree, or wanting encouraging Christmas Bible Verses for cards, I’m sure one of these will suit the need perfectly.
In perilous times, it is comforting to know that God is present and active. But, sometimes our perspective needs to change. Even though it may seem unsettling, God will use our circumstances to change our perspective. Read more for an encounter Ezekiel had with God that changed his perspective, his life and defined his work.
I had just turned in my manuscript to my publisher for my new book about overcoming worry, fear, and anxiety (releasing fall, 2019) when people began to ask the obvious question, “What are you going to do now?”
I didn’t have a ready answer for that. I had originally assumed that as soon as I turned in the manuscript for that book, I would begin work on a companion Bible study. Yet when the time came, it didn’t sit well in my spirit.
Over the next couple of weeks, God shared his plan for my next season: a season of rest.
As I stilled my heart during morning quiet time with the Lord, He spoke to me and said, “You know what you’re struggling with is not something you battle just during the Christmas season. You have a tendency to jump into problem solving and doing mode.”
The more God got a hold of my heart and spoke to me, the more I realized that my problem solving and doing mode excludes God from the process. It takes God out of the picture.
Read more for my best tip on how to relieve stress at Christmas and throughout the year.