Since my past experience with holiday season pain, I am sensitive to the emotional and spiritual needs of people during the holiday season.
I believe “holiday season pain” can be the worst. I also believe this time of the year strikes a chord of caring and great concern because I understand the heartbreak caused by the death of a loved one during the holiday season. For me, it was the death of my mother the day after Christmas. Although the holiday pain is not so piercing now, I still remember it as if it was last night, although it has been 11 years since I experienced the “first” worst day of life, December 26, 2003, 12:01 a.m.
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We live in a hostile world. Our surroundings can pressure us to make decisions and choose paths that oppose God’s Word, but like the psalmist, no matter what challenges we face, we should always choose God’s way.
Meditation in the Word of God day and night should be to our delight. This devotional is a practical, simple and easy hands-on resource to draw us closer to God by meditating and praying in agreement with His Word for 22 days. After 22 days, meditating and praying God’s Word should be habitual.
You can read it over and over or whenever you feel the need to focus on the goodness of the Lord and the importance of having His written instructions for living.
In the compilation of this devotional, the author provides twenty-two (22) meditations and prayers that correspond with the eight (8) verses within each acrostic beginning with each Hebrew alphabet. Hebrew definitions and keywords are also included.
I’ve learned the best way to handle a problem person is to focus on what’s going on with me “internally” that makes me react to that person’s behavior, which I have no control over. Could it be that I have a problem, Lord? So then, I become the student, and the Holy Spirit my Teacher. God, the Holy Spirit, aka Spirit of Truth, uses the problem person as a “visual aide” in the classroom of my life to make sure I know the truth about myself, and comprehend the lesson being taught.
My prayer is: “Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, O Lord, according to your laws. Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law. Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true (Psalm 119:149-151).
The psalmist doesn’t claim that God makes problem people disappear. He merely points out that while they are near, so is God. Big problems gain a different perspective when we remember the nearness of a bigger God. The one thing that’s certain, no one or no-thing is bigger than my God. Moreover, I learn how to redirect my energy on what’s most important. I remind myself of God’s laws, and I am strengthened by His powerful presence in my space. When He’s in my space, problems and difficult people who may be causing the problems appear much smaller and insignificant compared to my relationship with Christ, and even disappears altogether. In other words, even if they’re there, I don’t see them; I only see my Big God. He’s magnified a thousand times over. When I see my Big God and obey His commands, I am empowered to deal with difficult people through the love of Christ. After all, He loves them just as much as He loves me!
As a follower of Jesus Christ I believe we can make adjustments in our life which will give us a richer experience living out each day. Even if you are not a follower of Christ there are shifts that can be made to improve your life experience. These shifts are intentional internal adjustments in mind and spirit, though small, each can make a big difference in how we do life. This is all about "shifting towards the richer side of life". Who of us would not want to live a more richer, fuller life. It is possible. I invite you to travel with me on my journey to the "richer side of life". Blessings, Richard Armstrong
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