Challenge 11: Rejoice and Be Glad

Merry Christmas

We have one more day before the big day, Christmas. “This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24-ESV). Perhaps we are looking forward to rejoicing that our favorite day is here; that we get to see the children cheer from their gifts; that we get a day off; or that we get to spend time with family. Or maybe we don’t look forward to Christmas because that special loved one is gone; we didn’t have funds to buy gifts; or we just hate how worldly the day is. Whatever our beliefs we must all stop and speak, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Though we designate December 25 to celebrate the birth of Jesus, however we feel about Christmas we must celebrate Jesus because this is the day the Lord has made and we rejoice and are glad in it because we have seen another day. And because we are alive God wants us to rejoice. He wants us to rejoice because Jesus was born to die on the cross for our sins. He paid the price so we could have eternal life. He paid the price so we can have abundant life. He gave us another day to reflect on this, to sing His praises and be more like Him. We have that chance at Christmas dinner this year. We can die to ourselves and sit next to the family member we don’t like, buy that person a gift or a card, engage in a conversation without retaliation, or simply smile when they say something crazy. We have the opportunity to remember who and what matters and to focus on Him and His great gift. Let Him fuel our attitude and actions. Christmas truly is a time to rejoice and be glad. We should let nothing get in the way of that so we truly have a Merry Christmas!

Take a Risk Challenge: Spread love to that hard to love person on Christmas. Even if you aren’t celebrating with them, give them a call or a text and express the love of Jesus to them. Jesus is the reason for ALL seasons and spreading His love is always appropriate.

My One Thousand Gifts List

My EEW family showing overwhelming support for the loss of my granddad
Seeing beauty in ashes on route to and in the neighborhood park
Sitting on the porch with Flynn and the boys eating popcorn and enjoying the weather
God reminding me that I “value people” so I don’t harm them when expressing my disappointment
Being a witness to Charyse as I’m working through my anger and disappointment
Giving Charyse wisdom that clearly came from God
Tabitha calling offering to support me in the home and with the children after thinking how nice it would be to have her help this day
My back not hurting this day because of help from Tabitha enabling me to have a stress-free day
A literary agent lauding my book proposal and telling me that it would receive the agency’s rare gold badge because of its outstanding quality
Spending intimate time with Flynn in the afternoon and early evening

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