Christmas season encouragement

Well, we're already knee-deep into Christmas and feeling the pressure.  How about you?  So many extra activities, extra planning, extra fun, extra money to spend, and still with our already-full schedule to do it in.  I'm working a bit ahead this year as we're visiting relatives for the holidays and I need to get everything done early--which, while the prospect is utterly delightful, the time between now and then is really crammed.

BUT!...I had the neatest encouragement from the Word this morning and wanted to share it with you.  Hope it lifts your day.

Proverbs 2:5-7 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.  It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones."  A very familiar and beloved passage.

However, here's a great insight.  The word direct in the Hebrew (yashar) means "to make straight and right."   By casting my care in childlike trust on the Lord, He will straighten out...my day, my plans, my responsibilities, my interruptions, my failures--all of it.  Those are just words of life to me!

Also, note the double idea "don't trust your own understanding" and "don't be wise in your own eyes."  I admit that when I struggle with frustration or disappointment, it's usually because I had A PLAN, not necessarily God's.  Sometimes it's hard to understand His wisdom when I'm in the middle of something, but if He says I need to trust Him with all my heart, then I am really free from having to make everything work out.  What a relief.

And hey, did you notice the fringe benefits?  Health!  Strength!  I'll gladly take that. 

May your paths be especially made "straight and right" today!

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