Abiding in Jesus

“There’s a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish— but what are they for so many?” John 6:9 (HCSB)

“We are not called to be successful, we are called to be faithful.” Mother Teresa

 

  • Dear one, Jesus can’t wait to meet with you, in your warm, fuzzy socks, snuggled into your cozy blanket and under the glow of the Christmas lights.
  • Please read John 6:1-11 and write verse 9 in your journal. Pray that the Holy Spirit would speak to your heart as you read God’s Word.

Abiding in Jesus

This miracle in John chapter 6 isn’t a typical Christmas Bible story. However, this familiar passage about the power of the Holy Spirit has encouraged me this Christmas season. In the midst of Christmas last year, my family was suffering with sickness, a husband preparing for deployment on New Year’s Eve, and a chronically ill child with several medical appointments.

I was unable to do all the fun things that I had imagined and planned. I had nothing left at the end of the day; I was mentally and physically exhausted. I was silently suffering and feeling like a failure. In all honesty, I thought I was letting God down because we weren’t doing all the “Christian” Christmas activities. That is when the Holy Spirit spoke to me through John chapter 6.

Jesus had compassion on the crowd, desiring to satisfy their hunger. Jesus didn’t need the 5 loaves of bread and two fish to feed them. He was completely capable of creating food out of nothing. Yet, He took what they had, mixed with the optimistic faith of Andrew (the disciple who told Him about the five loaves and two fish), to miraculously feed over 5,000 people! Jesus wants to meet our needs too. When we abide in God and give Him all that we have, His power overcomes our weaknesses.

As Christmas approaches, let’s practice abiding in God and give Him what we have. He will, in return, work miracles. Abiding in Jesus and in His love brings the peace and power God sent His son to impart.

Our Christmas was different this year: no Christmas cards were sent, we only had two desserts for Christmas dinner, Jesus’ birthday cake was never decorated, tours of neighborhood Christmas lights didn’t happen as often, and our tree was without presents until 11 p.m. Christmas Eve. However, we played games, read books, and listened to stories together, making unforgettable family memories. Instead of watching the fun from the kitchen, I joined my sweet children on the floor as they explored their new toys. I experienced their joyful expressions and hugged them longer. My husband and I even snuggled up together to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. I chose to abide in Jesus and let Him take my five loaves of bread and two fish to make this Christmas magical.

Blessings and Love,

Susan

Questions to Ponder

  • Are you feeling overwhelmed?
  • Has your Christmas season been more about checking something off or spending quality time with God and those you love?
  • Do you need to make some adjustments and give yourself grace?

Faith-Filled Ideas

Dear sweet moms, have you taken your schedule, your craft list, and your Christmas shopping list before God? After writing out the activities, events, and shopping you and your family want to accomplish, listen to Him direct your path, one step at a time, about His desires for your family. Throughout each day, be open and flexible as God brings unexpected opportunities.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (HCBS)

Susan Proctor

Susan has been married to her Knight, Mark, for 18 years. They had many ups and downs, but one thing was constant—God loved them and wanted them to be successful. With God’s help and the acceptance of organized chaos, they run a household of 7 children with one more coming in time for a season of Thanksgiving. They are learning how to take one day at a time and enjoy all the moments in between.

In her free time, she enjoys studying the Bible, cheering on her children at football games and dance performances and ministering at her church. Her passion to teach ladies is based on Isaiah 50:4, “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word. He awakens me each morning; He awakens my ear to listen like those being instructed”
Susan Proctor

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