Advent week 4 ~ Renewal

Over the past four weeks, I have written about the following themes:

1) Rest

2) Reflection

2) Hope

3) And now, Renewal

God wanted me to hear the words I was writing, especially in this season. My heart has been heavy over the past couple of months. Heavy with burden, heavy because I feel the pain that others are going through. My heart has been softened by the hand of God, and sometimes I just wish I could take the pain away. I know that this is not my role, it is God’s. He is in control, and He will relieve the suffering in His perfect time.

Matthew 11:28-29 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Is your heart heavy this time of year, especially when we see such turmoil across the land?

Or is it light?

Have you lifted up your thoughts, worries and prayers?

Have you stopped making lists and allowed the peace, joy and serenity to fill your mind?

May I trust in You, Lord, and do good;

May I dwell in the land and feed from Your faithfulness.

When I delight myself in You,

You will give me the desires of my heart.

I will commit my way to You and trust in You,

And you will bring it to pass.

You will bring forth my righteousness like the light,

And my justice like the noonday.

May I rest in You and wait patiently for You;

I will not fret because of those who prosper in their way,

Because of those who practice evil schemes. (Psalm 37:3-7)

We are entering the most wonderful time of the year. This is a time when our Saviour was born to bring us peace, understanding, and freedom from the shackles. All we have to do is Trust, and give it all to the Divine workings of our Maker.

During this Christmas Season, renew your mind; allow the peace, joy, understanding to consume your thoughts. Remove the lists, the running, and enjoy every moment. Immerse your thoughts in love and joy, and thanksgiving.

As I close before the Christmas season, I am going to give my worries, thoughts and fears to God so that I can concentrate on the “right” things this time of year. So thankful for you Jesus, thank-you for always being there and coming into this world to save us.

My Christmas Note to God

Where are you Christmas?

Why is there so much pain?

I pray for those families who are dealing with loss of a loved one. I pray for You to bring them solace and peace of mind during this season in their lives. I know You can – our wonderful Saviour.

Where are you Christmas?

Why are so many in need?

I pray for You to bring hope to those in need during these difficult times.

I pray for my family, bring them strength during this season in our lives.

I come to you Lord and I must lay down all of these burdens, expectations and requests at your feet.. They are too much for me to carry, I don’t have the answers but I know You do.

I pray for Me Lord God, fill my mind with your peace, understanding and wisdom. Teach me Lord to walk in your ways and to set an example for others in all I do. Give me strength when I feel like I have nothing left.

Where is Christmas?

Christmas is here, everywhere I look.

Christmas is inside our hearts, and in the hearts of those we love and care about.

Christmas is that special sparkle in your child’s eyes.

Christmas is in the smile that a loved one or friend gives to you.

Christmas is in the laughter and love.

Christmas is in each one of us.

Thank-you Jesus for coming into this world to bring us love, peace and joy. I pray for you to fill everyone in this world with your love in their hearts; soften them and let them rest and renew their minds and souls to concentrate on the “right” things.

May you be blessed ~Vanessa

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About nesschesters

Broken neck survivor, fractured my C1 and am still walking around with a displaced fracture. I am God's miracle. Life is a journey, every step we take brings us closer to our destiny. Love to live this life to the fullest. loves family, Jesus, learning to live this wonderful life.
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