I’m always a bit sad when Christmas Season is over and the lights start going out in our neighborhood. The holiday lights add so much bright cheer and color to the darkness of winter. I wish that we had a holiday in January called “Sparkle Day” where we’d decorate our houses and shirts with sparkling, glowing snowflakes. The fake kind, not the real kind. Thank goodness we haven’t had any snow in the SE Seattle area yet this winter: Because of our very hilly terrain, it can be very frightening to drive on icy streets.
“I am the light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life.”–John 8:12
Often people think of Jesus as lighting up the world by showing us the proper path to walk, how to live: delivering us from the consequences of sin as we turn our lives about and start living in ways that are beneficial.
But, I also believe and have discovered that…
The Spirit of Jesus Christ, also known as the Holy Spirit, lights up the souls of believers. He lifts the darkness of depression and gloom in our spirits and adds lightness to our souls. God promises to inhabit the praises of His people. When you believe in Christ and feel gloomy or the world gets you down, just start singing praises to God. Or pull out a Bible and start reciting the Psalms back to Him. You will feel an actual lift in your spirit as joy begins to dissipate the soggy wet rag of sadness.
When Apostle Peter stepped out of the boat in the middle of a stormy lake to join Jesus, he was able to walk on the water as long as He kept His eyes on the Lord. When he started looking at the angry, threatening waves, he began to sink.
Where we focus our attention really affects our attitude. Also, I believe that praising God chases away evil, as the devil cannot tolerate hearing God praised, desiring all praise and attention and devotion for himself.
Keep your eyes on Jesus this year and He will help keep you in good spirits, whatever 2019 may bring.
May 2019 bring blessing and and many more good days than bad, health and friendship and love.
Happy New Year!
Love from Dawn and Buddy
PS> I am referring to non-medical depression or melancholy.
Without a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is not present to dissipate the darkness in your soul. Please consider accepting Jesus into your heart by faith and letting His Spirit lead and guide your life. It’ll be the best New Year’s gift you could give yourself. The God of the Bible is real and lives and is knocking on the door of your heart, waiting for you to give Him permission to enter in (Revelation 3:20). The atheists are wrong and deceived.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”–Jesus