After Thanksgiving Blahs
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” Jeremiah 31:25 NAS
With Thanksgiving being late in the month of November this year, there are only three weeks until Christmas. And, while others are already talking about celebrating the joy of Christmas, many women are just trying to catch a breath and recover from Thanksgiving.
In many homes, women worked tirelessly throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend to provide food and fellowship for their families followed by clean-up. And if they were really brave, they participated in Black Friday shopping. Then possibly, the Christmas tree and decorations were done on Saturday. The result for many women was sheer exhaustion on the Monday morning following the holiday. But, we as women do it because we love being with family and satisfying their hunger with traditional foods. It is in our nature to nurture.
This morning as I prepared to write this week’s blog, my eyes were drawn to Jeremiah 31:25 that was written on a card on my desk. It was like a personal reminder that when we are weary, God refreshes our spirits so we can move on to the next thing. In this verse, the promise from God is to refresh everyone who languishes. Some definitions of ‘languish’ are “to be weak, to live in a state of depression with decreasing vitality and to become dispirited.”
Exhaustion can lead to “languishing” if we are not careful. December is a high depression month for many. Loss and imperfect family dynamics cause many to dread Christmas. But I also think a reason we get depressed in December is because we are so busy trying to fit everything into our schedule that we are not as consistent in Spiritual Disciplines as at other times during the year. It is so very important during the rush of the season to take care of ourselves physically and spiritually so we can remain emotionally strong throughout this month of celebration. As we write to do lists, shopping lists and fill calendars with activities, we need to remember two very important things:
- Jesus is the reason for the celebration. Give thanks for life in Him every day. Without Him, there would be no Christmas.
- Pray daily. Among all your lists for the month, make time for your prayer list.
God satisfies those who are weary and depressed, and He does it through our prayers and constant awareness of His presence in our lives. Rather than allowing ourselves to become dispirited, be open to His Spirit guiding us through each day that our hearts will be filled with the love and joy of Jesus. He refreshes those who are weary as we turn our hearts toward Him.
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