Merry Christmas to you all! During this time of the year, everyone is busy planning parties, buying gifts, going on vacation, helping others, picking out trees, and decorating their homes inside and out. Sometimes we forget that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. Many people believe in Santa Claus but we all know that Santa doesn’t exist. Christmas is a time of giving and celebrating Jesus’ birthday and giving Him glory and honor during this season. However, during this season there are many people who become depressed or even commit suicide because they reflect back and realize they are always alone during the holidays. Or, some people think about a deceased loved one or relive a horrific divorce and come to terms that this is going to be their first Christmas alone.
In essence, most women wish they had a significant other or was at least dating someone to spend the holidays with instead of being alone. People become weary because their finances will not allow them to give what they want at this particular time. What happens if you find yourself in that category? Will you have to fight feelings of loneliness/depression? What are you going to do? What about your finances? Are you going to max out your credit cards and put yourself in debt? Are you going to become bitter because you’re still single for the holidays? Are you going to complain about your life?
Nevertheless, Christmas is about love, giving, and sharing. You don’t have to give someone a present if you don’t have the finances, just give them your time. Why allow the enemy to torture you about hating the holidays. There are several shelters that need volunteers during this time of the year. The Word of God says, “It’s better to give than to receive” (Acts20:35). You need to give someone your smile or a hug during the holidays and let the light of Christ shine through you during this season.
In the meantime, let me share my testimony about the holidays and why I used to hate every holiday. It didn’t matter if it was Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day’s, or even Thanksgiving but there was always one holiday that I loved – Christmas. But sometimes it would make me sad too. I remember sitting in church on Mother’s Day around 10 years ago and I said to myself, “I hate holidays”. I really wish it was over so I can go home. Everyone is being celebrated except me and I’m a mother too. Surprisingly, a still small voice asked, “Why do you hate holidays?” Even though some would fear hearing a voice ask them that question, but I was so upset I didn’t care. I mentioned that I hated holidays because no one celebrated me for Mother’s Day and I had this guy’s son and he didn’t even acknowledge me as the mother of his son and I was very hurt about it. I went on and on talking about how I’m always single during Valentine’s Day and that I have to buy my own roses and chocolate. Even during my birthday, I’m always out with my friend girls and never a male friend. It would be nice to talk or go out with the opposite sex during the holidays instead of the usual. On one particular holiday, my niece died and my family was devastated. It was hard celebrating Christmas without her. Wow! Another year, I kept going on and on about how I lost my job and how I didn’t have any money to buy gifts or pay my bills. I always wanted everything to be perfect for my son because I was a single mother. I kept talking until tears rolled down my face because my life was changing for the worst. I realized that bitterness was in my heart and I really hated the holidays. I remember falling to my knees at home and praying that God will help me to love the holidays and get rid of the bitterness that clouded my heart from all those years. What happen to me? I used to love the holidays, especially Christmas. That’s my favorite time of the year. I couldn’t wait to decorate my home and sing praises to the Lord with my son and family. I used to be all smiles during this time of the year.
However, Jesus kept reminding me that it’s not about me and that I needed to love myself. He kept saying, it’s about My birth, loving one another, and being with family. This is the season of giving and you can always volunteer somewhere to give back to the community. I began to smile because the Holy Spirit was right – as always. I was upset for nothing and worrying about situations that I couldn’t change, but I had to wait on God. The Lord had to cleanse my heart of all those things that are not like Him and renew in me a right spirit. I didn’t have to overspend during the holidays or go to parties, but I can give my love to someone who doesn’t have family or friends. In essence, I learned a valuable lesson concerning the holidays: stop allowing Satan to speak lies into your mind, but think about the great things of Christ Jesus! I remember telling my son one year, Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and we will celebrate His day with praises. This is the reason why I celebrate Christmas.
The Word of God says, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, and The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6-7). Christmas is not about how much money you have but enjoying your day with family and friends and celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ladies, I want to encourage you to look deep inside your heart and find out why you don’t like holidays and then allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your heart and spirit. Even if you’ve lost a loved one, it can be difficult – but God. He sustained my family during our period of grief. The Holy Spirit will comfort you during this time if you will allow Him to. My sisters – live, laugh, and enjoy life. Don’t listen to the enemy. If you need to start a new tradition then do it. Have a single ladies Christmas gathering or just have friends over for dinner. Be creative and enjoy the holidays. Your life is what you make of it. Don’t waste time complaining or crying, but get up and celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the reason for the season!
In conclusion, the story about the birth of Jesus….
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
As always ladies, Jesus loves you and so do I
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A.Woods Related Reading Isaiah 6:8 and Luke 2:1-21