Brave Face

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Have you ever had a day when you got up and felt like life was pressing in on you so hard you needed to put on a game face to get through the day?

I have been feeling just like that lately. There have been some very trying moments in my life and to get through the day I put on a “Brave Face” so that others would not know just how I was feeling.

You’ve had days like that? Wow! I thought I was alone in that feeling.

I have been reading a Bible study each morning called the First5 and it is entitled Christ Alone. Today’s study was sharing how it “isn’t about putting on a brave face and hoping for the best when we feel powerless.” Yeah I guess that was exactly how I had been feeling. POWERLESS.

That caught my attention. Someone had be feeling the same way and had the answer to my powerless feeling,

The next words are still ringing like a gong in my head. “We have the power through Christ, who is over every power. . . We are fully loved and accepted and empowered to say no to lesser things.”

The Power through Christ!  This is true on days we feel it and days we don’t. When we are rooted in His love it becomes a reality that anchors us.

Just like that tree in the picture, the wind blows THROUGH the leaves but since the tree is rooted deep the tree just lets the wind through and still stands.

I feel the wind, those hurtful words, the sorrow that is deep, situations that I can’t change, as they blow through. However, I don’t need that brave face any more because I am rooted in God’s love. I feel the “wind” but am not destroyed by it.

There is that deep breath of freedom once more. God is so good and his love is unending.

“This is the fullness of God.”

 

How’s Your Manger?

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manger-21We are finally at our new place! Travel was safe. We are tired but happy to be where God wants us. We are still getting settled. Lots of paper plates and plastic utensils until we find the dishes and silverware. There is no rush for the first time. Every time we have moved in the past things needed to be unpacked and set up within a 36 hour span. Way too much pressure!

As we prepare for the Christmas time, we have no friends here yet, no relatives to celebrate the Christmas day with, and haven’t found a church family. When I see it in print it looks so terribly sad.

However, as I have been studying along with Max Lucado and his Advent study of “Because of Bethlehem” it is such a wonderful time.

His last week of the study was titled “Every Heart a Manger”. I have thought about that title all week. The manger was empty except perhaps for some dirty hay. It was probably old and maybe a little run down. God in all his wisdom had Mary place the King of kings, the Son of God in that same manger.

We are like that manger. Some of us are broken. All of us are “dirty”, sinful. We all are empty, in need of redemption. All are awaiting something wonderful to fill the emptiness.

Our hearts need Jesus to fill that empty space. He alone will take away the sins, the brokenness of life. Just as he filled that manger, he will fill your heart with his wonder.

So, as I look at this time of being alone with only my wonderful husband, I know that my heart is full. My Savior is right here in the “manger” of my heart.
Is He in your “manger”?

If not, ask Him in.

He is waiting for you.