The feelings of unrest have already started. There are thoughts of dread, a lack of peace and you’re already anticipating the worst. Is there no other alternative?
No. It’s happening again this year.
You are going home for the holidays.
Once again you’ll be around those who are supposed to be your support system, but instead they tear you down. The air will be thick with years of no forgiveness. Strikes of unkind words will be sent your way. The lies begin: “I am unloved, my family doesn’t ‘get me’, why is this my family?”
And you’ve been on my heart this week.
How can it be different this year?
Don’t underestimate the power your prayers have for change…in you, in your family.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matt. 7:8
Know that the power of the Holy Spirit will be with you
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Eph. 3:20-21
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. II Pet. 1:3
Wear love and forgiveness
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Col. 3:12-14
Know this. Your circumstances may never change, but your heart can.
Go with a smile in your heart. We’ll be praying for you.