ISO Perfect Christmas…

It’s easy to get caught up in the illusion of what Christmas should be.  It’s easy to get bogged down by the short days, the year that was, the dreams that haven’t matured yet or by the strained relationships and family drama.  It takes a lot more energy to be deliberate and intentional during this time, trust me I’m well aware.  To actually invite Christ into your days whether it’s through this season or any other time of year can be a draining thought, but what’s the price of trying to carry the weight of the world on your own shoulders?  Our group practices invitational living where we are engaging with others, and allowing them into our world for support, encouragement, strength and hope.  Those moments come where I need to be reminded when I feel like I’m *toughing it out*, or *manning up* that I can’t do life on my own.  That thinking of solving the problem on my own is what drew me away from a loving Father, not nearer.  So right now, I’m really trying to be intentional and invite God to be with me and that I want Him in all of my days.

When I’m feeling a distance, that’s when I need to check myself to see if I am letting God in, or just wondering why He’s left me?  Am I looking for Him, or sitting idly waiting for Him to tap me on the shoulder.  Those moments when I’m thinking He needs to make the first move is precisely when I need to seek Him.

Psalm 27: 7-14

Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

So *if* times get difficult in the coming days or weeks, remember your struggles are known by a loving Father who wants to be in relationship with you the way we all choose to be in community with one-another.  He wants to be engaged with you like we all do, and that takes intentional-invitational-living.  Invite Him into your struggles, your triumphs and your questions or just invite Him in with no agenda other than an acknowledgement that you can’t do it all by yourself, and that you love (or at least want) a deeper relationship with Him.  We’re all miracles of a God that is performing them all the time and has a resume that shows that.  It also means that we’re all standing at the threshold of something amazing taking place in our lives, but please don’t try and do it by yourself, knock on the door instead of waiting for it to open.  You’re far too valuable to be so close to being welcomed into loving arms that your own identity would have you wait out in the cold instead of taking the initiative.  Be in community and stay in community.  Or be in relationship, work on that relationship and stay in that relationship.  You’re SO worth it!
Grace, peace, love and resounding joy!

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