What You Need This Holiday Season

The Christmas season brings a roller coaster of emotions. One day you feel excited about all the upcoming reunions, the next day you are stressing about not finishing your Christmas shopping amidst the horrendous traffic in the city. God spoke to me today through my devotion and I hope it touches your heart the way it did mine.
Exodus 33:15 says "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest"
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go"
It is not the first time I am reading these verses. But today they spoke to me in a way they have never done before. The Lord is with me with me. And He is with you too.
When you are stuck in traffic, the Lord is with you.  When you are feeling discouraged and unappreciated, the Lord is with you. When you are stressing about preparing that next get together, the Lord is with you. You see, He promises to go with us wherever we go. Furthermore, know that our rest will come from Him.
The Christmas season certainly brings a lot of mixed emotions. In all our busyness, we often forget to stop and enjoy the season until it's already December 26.  Feelings of loneliness may sometimes even creep in as you scroll through the countless Christmas posts on social media only to realize how anti-climactic your Christmas day has been. 
For this year, I pray that you experience the overflowing love of Christ. Something that will never leave you feeling lonely or empty this season.
Ephesians 3:18-19  "And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.  May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God"
May your hearts be full this season with the kind of love that is 'too great to understand fully'. May you feel His presence and warm embrace wherever you go.
Have a wonderful Christmas and may we never forget the reason for this season.

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