Psalm 28:7 (ESV)
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
‘Tis the season of pure anxiety!
Money, crowds, money, family, money, Christmas lists, money, Christmas music, money. MONEY.
Both sides of my family (myself, included) are going through some really hard financial situations. Life has happened, and right now we’re not sure what God is doing. What we thought was an answered prayer for my side of the family ended up becoming a bit of a nightmare.
I came across this verse as I was trying to figure out what to write for this post, and it really stuck out to me. Although right now is a tough and scary time for my family, God is still our shield. He is our Provider, and He will never not take care of us.
Sometimes that means making sacrifices. This year, my family and I are giving up Christmas. Instead of spending money on each other, we’re going to have a nice small dinner and family time. And I’m more than okay with this! Not only does it take the pressure off of having to spend money that we don’t have, but it brings the focus back to the true meaning of Christmas. The birth of our Savior.
“In Him my heart trusts, and I am helped.” Life isn’t always going to be easy, and the Bible warns us of that. But we have help. And when we put our full trust in that help, He will intervene. Lately, I’ve had to put every ounce of trust in Him. I’ve broken down emotionally, I’ve lost sleep, I’ve worried about my family. But I know He will get us through it. I also know that it’s on His watch, and not ours, which is a hard thing to grasp and trust in.
Needless to say, my anxiety has been tested quite a bit in the last month. But you know what has helped me see through all this? Gratitude.
Every time I feel myself getting worried, I think back to how God has gotten us through every difficult time, and how now will be no different. I think of everything He has blessed me with: a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food and water, family, love, and so on. We have so much to be thankful for. When you look around at all that He has provided for you, your heart becomes so full that you realize you don’t need anything else. You have it all in Him. And He gives all year around!
I know Christmas is a hard time for a lot of people. My family and I struggle every year. There is more pressure this time of year than any other time. It can be the most painful time of year, for some. And I want those people to know that it’s okay. It’s not about the material gifts, but about Jesus beginning His life here on earth. The life that ended in salvation and victory.
Advice tip #27: We have everything we need in Christ, and more. Our sins have been forgiven and our lives made new. We have a refuge, a Comforter, a Provider, a Healer, a Savior. We have a Father, and He has already given us the greatest gift of all. If this is the hardest season for you, you’re not alone. There is so much more to give than material things. You can give love, friendship, and hope. You can give good news to someone who has yet to receive it. That news is that Jesus was born to die for our sins. That we are forgiven, loved beyond comprehension, and cared for in every way possible.
No matter what you’re going through, I hope this Christmas is special for you. I pray that you feel God’s love and that He opens your eyes to all the gifts He provides.
Thanks for reading,