Emmanuel

Emmanuel

Emmanuel - meaning God with us.

As I’ve walked through my grief journey, I’ve searched out peace many ways. I attended Grief Share, counseling, talking to family and friends about my grief and sorrow, and journaling in a gratitude journal. None of those seemed to “work” for me.

Perhaps time has helped me, but I don’t think that’s really it, either. You know what has helped the most - above all? Talking with God. Realizing that He truly is here with me, and I am not alone. 

Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

I recently read the book Resilient by John Eldredge. I loved it because it helped me realize that my resilience comes not from within me, but from God with me. Emmanuel. In fact, I loved the book so much we are starting a book study at our church in January on Resilient. (Check out Lakesidechurch.com after Christmas for details.) 

Although I’ve spent devotional time each morning for years and years, reading God’s Word and journaling, I’ve recently been spending this time really quieting down and listening, praying, and releasing my daily cares and worries to Him. 

The peace that comes through this simple practice is far greater than anything man could give. 

As we enter into Christmas week, we look to the coming of the Messiah. Emmanuel. God with us. Talk to Him today, and release whatever is ailing you over to Him. 

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