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The In-between Times

December 28th, 2009 Posted in encouragement, OC, Pastor's corner

This week is that classic in-between time before New Year’s Day,when Christmas is pretty much over, but the trappings remain.

Christmas trees being taken down, there are sales galore on all things holiday, etc. A lot of people are off of work, and it’s hard to get any business done.

It seems like we want to rush through times like this, but I have found those in-between times are sometimes the most fun. The hype of Christmas is done and the hype of the New Year is not quite here, so we can just relax for a bit and hopefully enjoy the moment.

In fact, God says to each of us, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). So don’t be in too much of a rush to get the new year and decade started. It will come soon enough.

Just enjoy the in-between moment.

Jesus said, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34 THE MESSAGE).

We are off this Thursday night

For those of you in Southern California, we are taking this coming Thursday, New Years Eve, off from our Orange County Bible study. But we will back in action on Thursday, January 7.

We will be joined for our 2010 kickoff (that sounds so futuristic, doesn’t it?) by Phil Wickham, an outstanding musical artist.

See you then.

3 Responses to “The In-between Times”

  1. miki says:

    i was reading the devotional today…this is my first time making a comment, EVER, on anything. well anyhow, I really liked what you said ’bout fellowship. I was thinking, God must have continual fellowship within the trinity and maybe this is why marriage is so important in the eyes of God. and why we should be “evenly yoked”, so we too can have continual fellowship with our spouse and in Christ…also I just thought I would say… I’m not one to be big on new year’s resolutions. I try to give thanks to God each day for the blessings He has given me and to thank Him for the people He has put in my life, the ones who feed me and the ones He blesses me to feed. Though, This year I was thinking… a good way to end the year is to tell the people thank you, because I thank God each day…..but they don’t know that.

    P.S. you are one of the people I thank God for feeding me….you have blessed me, and opened my eyes to so much over the years..so THANK YOU SO MUCH for loving, trusting and following the plan God has for you. May God continue to bless you as you do His will….

  2. Marie says:

    Praying that God will bless us all in the coming New Year! Yes, the in between time is the best time to spend with God, studying the bible, asking for His direction and listening for His voice. In the stillness you can hear Him sooo much better than in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year everyone at Harvest. See you next year!

  3. Brian Burgert says:

    In between times are tough. I dont know why I cant just relax without feeling guilty about relaxing. Two weeks off of work is too long. Not much to do around this small town and its hard to remain consistant with devotions and time alone with God like during the usual routine. Sleeping in late is bad for spiritual growth. I must continue to give God the first fruits of my day and get up early and gather the manna for today.
    Vacations can be nice, but do not ever go on spiritual vacation. Stay close to the good shepherd.
    Greg, thanks for the verse today.
    Keep praying for Chuck.

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