On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Seven Words Whispered
This Christmas season, it is way too easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of worldly expectations. On this seventh day of Christmas, take a moment to reflect on one (or all) of these words whispered. Let them take root in your heart and carry you through the holidays and into the New Year.
Now, I don’t expect all of you to group text your besties and get a caroling group going, but whether you’re a professional singer, you enjoy humming a Christmas tune, or you can only bear to sing in your head, the Lord loves a singing heart. Remember, God invites us to sing to Him because it helps His Word dwell in our hearts more richly!
What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 1 Corinthians 14:15
Is your engaged sister stealing your spot light? Forgive her. Did your parents just get divorced and split up your family? Forgive them. Is your boss throwing piles of work on you without considering you’re overwhelmed already? Forgive her. Did your boyfriend do something that left you feeling upset and angry? Forgive him. Does God seem far away from you in these problems? RUN TO HIM. He is the only one who can work in our hearts, allowing us to learn sympathy and allowing our hearts to break for what breaks His.
Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
I learned (the hard way) that my life is much simpler if I have one overarching credo: Love God. However, like most things, it is easier said than done. Every day I need to re-place God on the throne of my heart and seek to serve Him, even when it is less than
convenient for me.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
I’d like to think that for the most part, I have a can-do attitude. But sometimes, I just curl up in a ball and cry. My go-to line is, “I want to go home” – a place of safety and known love. But what is so awesome about our omnipotent God is that we can feel the safety and love of home everywhere, because God never lets go of our hand. He allows us to feel fear and then provides us a way through it (even though it’s not always our way).
The sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
Just because November’s over does not mean we get to stop giving thanks! My mom always says, “A thankful heart is a happy heart,” and it took me 21 years to actually believe her! I started a thankful journal about three years ago and my life has changed – for the better. It’s so easy! I simply write three things I’m thankful for each morning and begin my day feeling blessed.
Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
The first word in my personal credo can take on a plethora of meanings. Love God, love my neighbor, and also love myself. So often we put ourselves on the backburner during the holidays and are running at about 110%. This can be harmful to our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Take time for yourself, for devotions, some exercise, or that coffee with a friend you’ve been putting off. Your body will thank you for it, and it will put you in the mindset to continue loving God and others.
And above all these, put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14
I am literally obsessed with this word. In fact, it is not just a word or a feeling – it is a way of life. It goes beyond the happiness and smiles to peace-mixed-with-love-and-mercy…and that doesn’t even begin to describe it. Joy brings out the best in you and me; it’s a piece of Jesus that I know is in all of our hearts, Christian or not. Seek joy and feel the Christmas spirit all year around.
Merry, merry sisters.