Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rejoicing in the HOLYdays

 This is the day the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 

Three Holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year - make for quite an - ummmm - "interesting"? season of celebrating.  

Add a child with special needs to the mix of the cacophony of the holidays- and you might have a recipe for disaster.  

But I've found as a parent I have to when I let go of commercial expectations of what each "holiday" should look like. I don't let someone else dictate how we celebrate for the holidays or even how we manage to get through our regular days! For days come in all shapes and sizes.

The joy comes when I purpose to see each day of my life as a HOLYday.  

When I begin to see each day as sacred -
 infused with the gift of God's presence -

 when I can slow down and be captivated 
by the wonder
 of what God has done
 is doing
and will do for me,
I am filled with rejoicing and celebration!

I've finally learned to release my romanticized, Hallmark, Currier and Ives, Norman Rockwell dream of a perfect holiday (or life) and just rejoice in the day the Lord is giving me. 

And if I have trouble rejoicing in the day, I know I can always rejoice in past days He's given me and I can always look forward and rejoice in the amazing days when His kingdom comes and He will rule with truth and grace!

And if I still have trouble rejoicing in the day, 

I take the day moment by moment.

It doesn't matter what my day looks like- it matters WHO my day is centered around.

On the good days - the rejoicing flows.


On the bad days - the rejoicing is the only way to get through.


For we have a Savior -
One who is with us -
One who is for us -
One who didn't exempt Himself from the pain, sorrow, and frustrations of this world.
He traded His divinity for the limitations of humanness.
He lives to pray for us and is always interceding for us. 
He sings and rejoices over us- I want to learn to sing and rejoice over Him each day.

Pray: Good and Gracious Father, you ask us to live a life of rejoicing. Teach us to live in Your presence- for in Your presence is fullness of joy and in Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Cindy Barclay

2 comments:

  1. I think these are truths for everyone... Healthy, normal children or disabled. Beautiful thoughts to live by!!!

    "It doesn't matter what my day looks like- it matters WHO my day is centered around.


    On the good days- the rejoicing flows.


    On the bad days- the rejoicing is the only way to get through.


    For we have a Savior-
    One who is with us-
    One who is for us-
    One who didn't exempt Himself from the pain, sorrow, and frustrations of this world.
    He traded His divinity for the limitations of humanness.
    He lives to pray for us and is always interceding for us.
    He sings and rejoices over us- I want to learn to sing and rejoice over Him each day."

    -Thank you Cindy. I love you so much!

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  2. Oh, what a fun time of the year. Merry Christmas.

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