“Pray in the Spirit in every situation. Use every kind of prayer and request there is. For the same reason be alert. Use every kind of effort and make every kind of request for all of God’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 (God’s Word Translation)
By: Gretchen Speer
In the interest of complete honesty, I have to admit that I don’t particularly look forward to this time of year. (I know, I know, I can almost hear the gasps). Between trying to find the perfect gift for many many people and trying to keep a reign on the mounting expectations of my kids, I usually end up pretty stressed out by the time Christmas is here. A few weeks ago I was thinking about this and felt God working in my heart. I started to wonder, “Had I prayed about any of these things in the past? Had I asked God for wisdom in teaching my kids about what this season is really about? Had I asked him to show me how I could bless the people in my life and show them how much I love them?” I’m sure I mumbled a few quick pleas here and there as I rushed around a crowded store, but had I chosen to seek His presence in this times of stress? Sadly, I think this is usually the time of year that my quiet times get pushed aside the most. At least that was how it’s been in the past, this year we have been making some changes.
This year we’ve been having a family devotional every evening. The one we are using is called 31 Family Devotions for Christmas” by MariLee Parrish. I wanted to share with you Day 7 because it spoke directly to what I have been struggling with, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not the only stressed out Mom on Christmas!
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46-47
Nobody likes to wait. As Mary waited for the birth of her son, she worshipped God. How many of us worship while we are waiting on the Lord? We’ll have a lot of waiting to do this month. When you find yourself stuck in line at the mall or caught in the middle of a traffic jam, don’t get upset. Worship. Thank God for all His blessings to you. Pray for your family. Pray for the frustrated cashier at the counter. Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” Take some time to get your focus off yourself and your circumstances and just worship the Lord.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Let my spirit rejoice in You today. Help me to think of You and be joyful when I have to wait this month. Amen.
For me, the biggest change this year has been taking the focus off of myself! In the past I had felt like I was focusing on everyone else in my life, but I was really focusing on all the work I had to do, and why can’t my kids be just a little more grateful. When I got stuck in a long line at the store instead of choosing to pray for the tired cashier or the sweet family in front of me, I chose to have a bad attitude about having to wait so long. Sometimes a bad attitude is still my natural tendancy, but I’m doing my best to choose to glorify God in those circumstances.
So, I would like to extend an invitation to you. Please join me in multitasking at it’s very best, and choose to use our waiting time to pray for whoever God is laying on our hearts. What mom doesn’t truly appreciate some good multitasking?:)