Do You Have Time for Joy?

This is the third sunday of Advent which is commemorated to celebrating joy. As we get closer to Christmas, I light the pink candle on my Advent wreath, which reminds me of the angels singing songs of joy pronouncing the birth of Christ.

But when I look around, it seems to me like everybody is in a bad mood and stressed out. Why is that? I know there’s a lot to do. I know the weather is freezing cold outside. I know many of us are getting sick, have allergies, and aches and pains. I know work pressures can be extra heavy with year end duties. I know because I am experiencing the same things.

But is any of that a reason to lose our joy? As I watch the pink candle glowing, I am reminded that no matter what is going on around me or in me physically, God is still with me. Emmanuel means “God with us”. He promises never to leave me or forsake me, and He is my closest friend. He will take care of everything that concerns me and I can trust that things will all work out for my good. Now that is something to be joyful about!

If you are struggling with the busyness and stress of this season, take a few moments to light a candle. Breathe, relax, and let the tension drain from your mind and body. Perhaps you may want to read a favorite verse or two of scripture to clear your mind. Instead of focusing on your to do list, give the list to the Lord, and focus on joy this week. Notice how you feel. Go ahead and relax and smile, and let your joy be contagious! It’s a great gift to give others and it’s free!

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Do You Have Time for Joy?

This is the third sunday of Advent which is commemorated to celebrating joy. As we get closer to Christmas, I light the pink candle on my Advent wreath, which reminds me of the angels singing songs of joy pronouncing the birth of Christ.

But when I look around, it seems to me like everybody is in a bad mood and stressed out. Why is that? I know there’s a lot to do. I know the weather is freezing cold outside. I know many of us are getting sick, have allergies, and aches and pains. I know work pressures can be extra heavy with year end duties. I know because I am experiencing the same things.

But is any of that a reason to lose our joy? As I watch the pink candle glowing, I am reminded that no matter what is going on around me or in me physically, God is still with me. Emmanuel means “God with us”. He promises never to leave me or forsake me, and He is my closest friend. He will take care of everything that concerns me and I can trust that things will all work out for my good. Now that is something to be joyful about!

If you are struggling with the busyness and stress of this season, take a few moments to light a candle. Breathe, relax, and let the tension drain from your mind and body. Perhaps you may want to read a favorite verse or two of scripture to clear your mind. Instead of focusing on your to do list, give the list to the Lord, and focus on joy this week. Notice how you feel. Go ahead and relax and smile, and let your joy be contagious! It’s a great gift to give others and it’s free!

Do Not Be Anxious

How are things going with you these days? Great? Terrible? So so? Sometimes it takes putting things in perspective to make me appreciate all I have been blessed with.

When I start to think I have it rough, particularly as a single in today’s couples oriented society, I think about the Apostle Paul and everything he went through. Now that was rough! Yet he stayed hopeful and faithful and continued to do what God had called him to do.

There are many verses in the Bible that tells us not to be anxious, but to pray and surrender instead. Paul encourages us to not be anxious, but to pray about everything (Phil 4:6). James 5:16 says the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. There is power in prayer. He never intended for me to carry all these burdens. That’s why He said to come unto him, all who are weary and heavy laden. He does give us rest, but we have to slow down enough to come to him, don’t we? God can take care of all our problems. 1 Peter 5 instructs us to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us.

These are busy, hectic, stressful days indeed, especially for those who are single and do not have someone to help them. But there is an answer. And that answer is faith. Having faith in a loving God that cares for us and hears our cries. He promises to never leave us or forsake us and no matter what our status, remember if God is for us, who can be against us?

Do Not Be Anxious

How are things going with you these days? Great? Terrible? So so? Sometimes it takes putting things in perspective to make me appreciate all I have been blessed with.

When I start to think I have it rough, particularly as a single in today’s couples oriented society, I think about the Apostle Paul and everything he went through. Now that was rough! Yet he stayed hopeful and faithful and continued to do what God had called him to do.

There are many verses in the Bible that tells us not to be anxious, but to pray and surrender instead. Paul encourages us to not be anxious, but to pray about everything (Phil 4:6). James 5:16 says the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. There is power in prayer. He never intended for me to carry all these burdens. That’s why He said to come unto him, all who are weary and heavy laden. He does give us rest, but we have to slow down enough to come to him, don’t we? God can take care of all our problems. 1 Peter 5 instructs us to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us.

These are busy, hectic, stressful days indeed, especially for those who are single and do not have someone to help them. But there is an answer. And that answer is faith. Having faith in a loving God that cares for us and hears our cries. He promises to never leave us or forsake us and no matter what our status, remember if God is for us, who can be against us?