Third Step to a Stress-Free Christmas: Refresh Yourself in God’s Word

It’s natural for us to feel like we’re running on empty as the holidays approach.

I remember waking up one morning, about this time of year, and thinking “I don’t feel like facing this day. I don’t feel like doing everything on my to-do list. I feel like I’m running on empty.”

It was then that I turned to the Psalms in Scripture.

I remembered that the songwriters felt many of the same emotions I did, and if I wanted something to fill me up and fuel me up, that would be the place to go. There in the Psalms I noticed a pattern. In all 150 of the Psalms, the phrase “I will” was sung 140 times. Asaph sang “I will mediate on all Thy works…I will remember your deeds” (Psalm 77:11-12). David sang “I will come into your house, in reverence I will bow down” (Psalm 5:7). And when David felt like he was being defeated, he said “I will  know that God is for me… I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:9-11). The songwriters weren’t saying “I think” or “I should” or “I feel.” They kept saying “I will.” They expressed a sense of determination.

That made me realize that whether I feel tired or not, whether I am motivated or not, I need to do something to allow God to infuse energy into my day and help me not to feel so run down. And the first “I will” that I incorporated into my life that morning was Psalm 119:16: “I will not neglect your word.”

What I found, as I began going to God’s Word in the morning was that Scripture became a spiritual source of energy for me, to get me through the day. Second Timothy 3:16 says: “All Scripture is God-breathed….” Reading it is like getting a “breath of fresh air” from the Living God – a “second wind” to get you through your day!

Go ahead…try it …first thing in the morning, or on your coffee break. Start in the Psalms — or the Proverbs — and  read through a chapter — or several — and see if it doesn’t make a difference in your day.

I’d love to hear from you which portions of Scripture fuel you up and fill you up so you’re no longer running on empty.

About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.


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Reply December 21, 2012

the bk of luke does that for me, all the miracles reminds me of God's greatness .

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