“I have all my Christmas gifts bought and wrapped” a girlfriend of mine nonchalantly announced as she lazily swirled the last of her Starbucks White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha around in her cup. Her entire world seemed focused on no more than capturing the last drop of indecency it contained.
I chocked on mine.
“You WHAT!!??” I challenged. I don’t even have my Thanksgiving decorations taken down.
She proceeded to tell me that she picks up gifts all year as her children and grand babies ask for things. She actually begins shopping and storing gifts with the after Christmas sales, even getting her Christmas wrapping paper for the NEXT YEAR on sale.
The thing that struck me most about this conversation was that while my head is spinning realizing I have less than 3 weeks, deep inside I was actually at peace.
The Reason for the Season.
As I sit in my prayer chair this morning, I am on day 14 of a 40 Day journey of celebrating the Presence of God.
After spending an entire Sunday a few weeks ago, refreshing my mind on the story of Elijah and his crash and burn under a Broom Tree, I felt God telling me that I needed to take so time to rest and hear from Him. To listen. Really listen for His instructions about some upcoming things He was about to do.
I needed to take some time to hear God’s still small voice right in the midst of lots of noise that often comes with the Holiday season.
I asked to Lord to let me start this journey on January 1st but He clearly said no–so I started my 40 Day journey on Thanksgiving Eve.
It has not been an easy task but it has been a precious one. A gift.
Quiet is tough to find during this season.
There are many things going on around us–just like Elijah–things that feel kind of like earthquakes; raging winds; sizzling fires–the still small voice is tough to hear but it is not lost. I am hearing God’s voice in every conversation. Every prayer chair moment. Every encounter. Every thought.
I surrendered my life to Christ at 30 years old. Since that day, Christmas has never been the same.
Every year I am more and more aware go the precious Gift of Christ and the amazing promises of His Word. Truly all I need. Things like PEACE. Who can buy that? Who can wrap it? Jesus says He offers His PEACE constantly–continually–abundantly.
You can’t “store it up”. It is received Day-by-Day.
A priceless gift.
I want my gifts to come from God and I want my gifts to GO FROM GOD.
Peace. Joy. Passion. Vision. Love. Self-Control. Gentleness. Kindess. Hope.
If you are like me and ever aware of your “neediness”‘ and the great needs of those you love–Needs that can not be bought, I hope you will join me in pressing in to be more aware of HIS PROVISION.
Philippians 4:6-7, 19
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Blessings this day friend.
Listen for the still small voice 🙂
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