Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015: Resting at Christmas

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 350  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a poignant video of Alan Jackson singing … Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, proclaiming the reality of what it takes to deal with the stresses and anxieties of life.

Highlight Passage:   Matthew 11:28 [NKJV] …  
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
 … He commands me to come to Him when I labor.
Highlight Context – Matthew 11:28-12:8 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
… Christ is our rest.

Reference Passage #1 - Isaiah 26: 3 [NKJV] …  
4 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in You. 
… Our Peace always lies in The Lord … as long as we hold our focus on Him and not on our circumstances.

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 4: 6-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… When we’re anxious, God gives us His prescription for our stress … to bring it to Him with a thankful heart.

Reference Passage #3 - Hebrews 12: 1-2 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Focusing away from self and sin and putting our eyes upon Jesus.

Reference Passage #4 - 1st Peter 5: 7 [NKJV] …  
7 … Casting all your cares on Him, … because He cares for you. 
… The question is ... will we?

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Bill Crowder, reminded his readers (me) that it’s difficult to find relief from the day-by-day struggles and stresses of life, … i.e., to find rest from the clamor of this world, … especially during this hustle-bustle time of year.

We live in a world where the information glut is almost overwhelming and much of what we have to process is bad news. And then there is the factor of our human flesh (i.e., see Jer. 17:9), where our deceitful hearts want to control everything, creating a heavy stress load. And we simply can’t control so much of life; can we? And what it the result? … Stress, frustration, and anxiety.

 So, where do we go? … What do we do? … Well, if you take in all that God has led me to write above this morning, especially the message sung by Alan Jackson in today’s song as wall as God’s word, … you will have the answer to these questions as well as God’s prescription for our anxieties. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether you want to control things today or just do all you can and leave the worrying to Jesus.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, … I’ll do all I can, Lord. But You’re going to have to take care of the rest. … Amen  

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