The holidays are upon us! Delicious meals are in rotation, baked goods are in abundance, people are feeling extra chipper, families are reuniting and the festive decorations keep a permanent smile on one’s face. The holidays are a joyous time, and although there’s no time like the present to praise God for his everlasting goodness and grace, the holidays are an extra special time to reflect.
Reflecting on His love during one of the most special times of year, if not the most special, is another opportunity to allow God’s grace to set your thankful heart aflame. As the birthday of Jesus approaches, we should feel encouraged to praise God for His greatness, His faithfulness and the countless blessings he has bestowed in our lives. After all, He is the reason for the season!
“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name forever and ever” –Psalm 145:21.
I, myself, get a bit caught up in the excitement of the holiday season. That’s easy to do when joy is extra present, but let’s get real for a second–do we really need the holidays in order to praise Him and reflect on the blessings in our lives?
Of course not.
Truth be told, the holidays are a struggle for many. Whether grieving a loved one, experiencing financial hardships or going through a challenging time in life, some do not feel like praising God because they believe that their life is short on blessings. In spite of everything that happens in our lives, including the pits and downfalls, God is always present. Even better, He gave us the greatest gift of all—His only son, the Lord Jesus. So, if you feel as though your life is a challenge or difficult to enjoy and be grateful for, praise Him for a priceless gift that is far more valuable than any decadent meal, fancy present, cookie tray or job promotion–Jesus Christ.
Whether grieving a loved one, experiencing financial hardships or going through a challenging time in life, some do not feel like praising God because they believe that their life is short on blessings.
Seldom do we spend enough time reflecting, thanking, praising and worshiping which is precisely why we must fight through the blinding holiday lights, décor and presents to thank God for his unending goodness. We serve a big God, and He deserves all the praise for seeing us through another year. Not only does He deserve all of the praise, but we need these reflective moments, too. When we reflect, pray and give thanks, we are able to walk deeper in Christ’s name, today and every day.
“Thus far the Lord has helped us” –1 Samuel 7:12
Praising God during a spirited holiday is far easier than praising God in the midst of hardship. Ask the Lord to help you count your blessings and feel His love like never before. Rest assured that He is always with you, in spite of what happens in your life. He is your shelter in every storm, He saved you from your sins and He sustains you by His perfect Word. Those are three gifts that span far beyond the wonderful days of Christmas.