Does your house still look like Christmas? Has the excitement of Christmas ended and do the decorations almost seem depressing?
Do you find yourself in that emotional limbo where you’re not ready to move on from Christmas, yet there is nothing left to enjoy? You’re not yet ready for that 2015 diet, yet you feel guilty eating those lingering Christmas sweets. The responsibility of a new year seems daunting, yet saying goodbye to 2014 makes you feel a year older. It’s that week in between Christmas and New Years when all you can do is wait. It’s undefined and feels blue.
If this is you, I want to share a few words of encouragement from the first Christmas couple. When it comes to the parents of Jesus, they definitely had to handle some post-Christmas blues. How did they do it?
Take Time to Read Your Bible
Matthew 2:13 – an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
It was the aftermath of Christmas when an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph telling Him to leave Bethlehem and travel to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. Herod was attempting to kill the baby Jesus and an angel appeared to give Joseph guidance from God. As Christians, we don’t have to wait on an angel to appear, we have the Word of God (The Bible) to receive guidance from the Lord.
The in between time from Christmas to New Years is a great time to hear from the Lord. This can be a time of quiet meditation before all the New Year responsibilities start kicking in. Culture and media are always trying to influence your thinking and send you on a roller coaster of “you have to do this or that”.
So before the New Year’s resolutions hit, open the bible and see what God has to say to you. Take these next few days and explore the truth of God’s word. Read through Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, James, etc. God has a special message for you and He will turn your time of Christmas blues into a time of spiritual encouragement. So take advantage of this time by reading your Bible.
Step Into What God Tells You To Do
Matthew 2 :14-15a – So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.
It is one thing to hear from an angel and it is another thing to do what you’re told. Joseph and Mary demonstrated the importance of stepping into the application of God’s word. He didn’t take an opinion poll or ponder the pros and cons of going to Egypt. He simply stepped out in faith and did what God told him to do.
As Christians, God gives us His word in order to guide and direct our lives. God wants us to grow in what we know (see my blog “Why I Don’t Read the Bible”). So as you read the Bible these next few days, make sure you ask God to show you how to apply it to your life. Take notes as God reveals the practical application of His word so you won’t forget. This can even be a time when you get a New Year’s resolution from the Lord. That is exciting!
So take advantage of the Christmas blues by turning to The One who invented Christmas. He is faithful and will make this season bright!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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