Blessed is the man who listens to me watching daily at my gates.
~Proverbs 8:34 NKJV
The decorations are put away. The tree has been recycled. There are no more presents to open. I feel like I am a balloon that is losing air and slowly wilting away. The fun and laughter of sharing with family and friends is over and all is back to normal.
But wait! What is “normal”?
Take a minute to reflect on why we celebrated. Remember the Babe we welcomed once again into our hearts—Jesus, the Son of God, born of a virgin fulfilling prophecies–He does not fade into the background, only to be brought to mind again at Easter.
There are no Christmas blues for the child of God–only excitement and anticipation of the future and of knowing the Lord more intimately. Our Christmas celebration may be over, but ahead is a New Year of adventure walking with the Prince of Peace.
Lord God, let us be found watching at Your gates, everyday celebrating new life in You, and listening for You to speak through the Word of God. We treasure every opportunity You give us to draw You closer to our hearts.
Friends, during this new year may our “new normal” become “watching at His gates” everyday. Take time to worship and “ to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18 NIV) by feeding on the manna from heaven, the Word of God.
How is one way you overcome the “after-Christmas” blues?
Father God, thank you that we can celebrate Your love, goodness, and mercy all year along.
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Published: January 2021: PresbyCan Daily Devotional: Robyn Ross, Submissions Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org https://presbycan.ca/
Published: December 2020: Christian Devotions Ministries: Martin Wiles, Managing Editor: http://www.christiandevotions.us
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Glenda Shouse is a devotion writer. She is published at Christian Devotions Ministries, PresbyCan, The Upper Room, and VineWords: Devotions and More. She is working alongside friends to complete her first devotional book entitled, Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships.
Glenda’s prayer shawl ministry, Three-Strand Cord, focuses on imparting hope to ladies going through difficult times. Each recipient is gifted with a hand-crocheted or knitted prayer shawl. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally, and prays for each individual.
Those who know Glenda well, are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer, because she has a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Glenda is passionate about praying.
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys her role as “Grammy” to her two grandsons. She also enjoys reading, crocheting, and knitting.
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