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.
But Grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.~2 Peter 3:18 NKJV
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.
Recite the two Scriptures above to help you to overcome the “after-Christmas” blues.
Father God, thank You that I can celebrate Your love, goodness, and mercy all year long. 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.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Published: December 2021: PresbyCan Daily Devotional: Robyn Ross, Submissions Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Our Contributor
Glenda Shouse is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, Volumes One and Two (VineWords Publishing).
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 she has prayed over with each stitch. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally and prays with the recipients.
Those who know Glenda well are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer because of her close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
She is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Devotions Ministries, PresbyCan, The Upper Room, and other ministries.
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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