December 2009

December Devotional 

Your heart may be a crowded place.  Right now, maybe there are cares, concerns, clutter – there is no room at the inn…Maybe there are closed doors that say “NO ADMITTANCE” and Jesus is gently knocking, saying, “Welcome me in – I want to come in, I have gifts to bring.”  Gifts, perhaps of healing, understanding, peace, strength and joy!  And the best gift of all, His presence.



Hush!  Shhhhhh!  Listen!  Do you hear it?  Not the sound of another Christmas carol…not the noise of the traffic…not the phone ringing…no, not the chatter of voices. 


If you still your mind and quiet your soul… If you listen very carefully, you’ll hear the sound of our Savior speaking to your heart.  In the hustle-bustle of this holiday season, Jesus is whispering words of love and encouragement to you.  Yes, you.  Words just for you.  And you can hear them, if you will simply listen. 


But it’s hard to be silent.  Hard to stop all the activity and be at rest.  So hard to stop the clamor and the tugging of “must-do-it-now” and “so-much-to-do.”  Our lives move at such a startling pace…yet the Father longs for us to be still for a moment and realize that he is God, and he is God in the midst of the busyness.


So right now, if you can, just for a few moments, take time to be at peace.  Breathe deeply and enjoy knowing that God is giving you every breath, your very life.  Quiet your restless heart and remember that he, only he, is truly in control of everything – and that everything is safely in his control.  Give yourself permission to just rest in His love and feel the calmness. 


Think of the night Jesus was born.  A cold stable.  A frantic husband.  A harsh environment for the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings to be born.  But at that moment he looked just like any other baby, as he lay there wrapped snuggly, crying, or sleeping, or hiccupping, or cooing.  Such a busy night.  Shepherds and contractions; cattle mooing and angels singing.  In the midst of it all the scriptures tell us that “Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and pondered them.” (Luke 2:19)  She hushed her soul and heard her Savior’s voice. 


And God is not done giving birth.  He wants to give birth to dreams and new plans in your life.  He wants to blossom and grow a deeper love for him in your heart.  His mercies are new every morning.  He is forever the Creator, bringing new life out of brokenness and light out of darkness.  I wonder what he is birthing in you?  Let’s ask him! 


If you dare, take a pen to paper and open your heart to the musings of your Heavenly Father.  Ponder each of the questions below prayerfully, and listen to what God speaks to your soul through the power of his Holy Spirit.  Take time with each question, offering them as a prayerful thought to Jesus.  Write down what you hear him saying and consider them thoughtfully. 


  1. Dear Jesus, how do you want to prepare my heart for celebrating your birth?  


  1. Lord Jesus, what do you want me to focus on this Christmas? 


  1. Dear Jesus, how can I best draw closer to you in this new year? 



When you are done, thank him for what he has spoken to you and what he will continue to do in your life. 


I love you all.  I would love to hear what God has said to you, if you’d like to share it.  Have a Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year!