Monday, December 26, 2016

Jesus is Greater than My Problems

It’s December 26—the day after Christmas. The day life goes back to normal. But not really because the meaning of Christmas—Jesus—is still fresh in my mind and heart.

How do we hold on to the feeling of Christmas all year long? I don’t mean the charitable giving feeling, although that would be great all year too. I’m talking about the emotion that goes with knowing Jesus came to earth for us.

Jesus Christ—Son of God and Son of man. A tiny infant born to a young girl who welcomed God’s calling in her life. Son of a carpenter, who did not leave Mary, but who also answered God’s call in his life.

That’s the feeling I want all year—to remember that Jesus’ sacrifice will always be greater than any, and all, of my problems. Always. {Tweet this}

So, today as I look out the window, thankful for the bright sun on a cold day, I’m resisting the urge to think about the circumstances I cannot control. The details I can’t put in order. And the problems I can’t fix.

Instead, I’m thinking about Jesus’ birth and all of the details God orchestrated for our salvation. I’m remembering how He’s worked in past situations for my good, knowing that He will do so again. I’m thankful for what I do have, and not thinking about what I might see as lacking.

I’m pondering how God called Mary and Joseph by name to be a part of His beautiful plan, and reminding myself that God still calls us today. You and me. He calls us by name. It doesn’t get more personal than that. {Tweet this}

Friends, if today is your first time visiting, or your 101st time here, I thank you. I know there are demands on your time and so many other things you could be doing, but you chose to spend a minute or two here with me, and I thank you. You have been a blessing to me in so many ways and I pray that your time here blesses you as well. May we always remember how much God loves and cares for us. He calls each of us by name…and we are His. (Isaiah 43:1)

In Christ,

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  1. Dear Laura, thank you for your transparency and reminder. It's not about the sugar plum fairy feeling, but the wonder and amazement of Jesus' birth. Just imagine, the Savior calling us by name like He did Mary and Joseph! Blessings from your neighbor at Holley's

  2. Yes I'm feeling much the same! How to carry Christmas with me everyday?? I read Ann Voskamp's The Greatest Gift devotional leading up to Christmas this year and it transformed my Christmas so much with keeping the birth of Jesus in perspective- that I'm contemplating reading it again in January...! ♥ Blessings Laura!

  3. What a beautiful reminder, Laura! Love you and your heart!

  4. I, too, want to live remembering all year long, just like we do at Christmas! You give us sweet encouragement! Praying God's Shalom cover you throughout 2017! ~Maryleigh

  5. Love that, "He calls us by name. It doesn't get more personal than that." Yes, He does!


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