Count Down to What? In His Love Advents Day 1


Count Down To What? ~in His Love Advents  

Today is December 1st and so many people are working on Count Down to Christmas events! I thought about those days between Christmas and the New Year. What do you do during that? What if you get all inspired to live for Jesus, to celebrate Christmas, to join in with groups or families for all kinds of baking and eating and singing and then, its all over.

I don’t know about  you, but I often feel a real let down on ‘Boxing Day”. I feel as if we all ran up the hill and then dropped off the top of the cliff landing splat on my back.

The plan is that this countdown will bring us gently to the New Year. I hope!

So why not get started with a simple thought. What do you think about as you begin the Merry Christmas month?  Do you get all bogged down with what to buy, or make or do? Or do you find peace rejoicing in the Lord?

I like to put on some worship or maybe Christmas music in the mornings while I have my prayer and reading time. The following verses always encourage me to think about the right things as I start off my first days of December. Reminding ourselves of God’s love for us is a great way to make it through a rough season, or even a tough day. Let’s face it people are not always kind while they shop, they seem to take out all their pent-up frustrations on the workers in stores or other people trying to serve them the best they can. We can join the band wagon and get grumpy, or we can do what it says below.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9

Why not start out with a good attitude each day by praying for God to help us do these things, To rejoice, to be gentile to others, to not allow ourselves to be anxious but when we do begin to feel those anxious thoughts we can remember to fix our minds on  the things we just read! We can remind ourselves that there are going to be bad days, but good days are coming! Keep your thoughts on the things that are true, praiseworthy and good. Then we will receive that peace of God spoken of that keeps us from fretting and worrying. The peace that tells us that God is with us, God is in control, and He will bring us through it to the other side.  I know there are days when we don’t think we can go on or maybe we don’t want to give God the glory. Those are the days we need to push through and just do it! Recite the Words. Ask God to do the work in you.

May  your days ahead be Merry and Bright, 

               In His Love,

               Teresa Wilson