Updated: Jan 1
This beautiful, hand-crafted, Christmas card traveled 7,194 miles before being delivered to our home! It’s a highly treasured holiday gift that was prepared by a young boy who’s being cared for in one of our church’s orphanages. I pray that just looking at this small treasure causes you to smile. May we be possessors and carriers of God’s Christmas joy and share it with everyone we meet during this entire holiday season.
I try to watch for developing themes and revelatory messages each year to celebrate our Lord’s birth. Last year it was “Comfort at Christmas.” https://sheilaeismann.com/christmas-themes/
Comfort At Christmas
Interestingly enough, this year’s theme of Joy and Joyful has appeared in many prophetic ways during the month of December. The most amazing one was via this card featured in this week’s prophetic blog post.
Everywhere I’ve turned or traveled the past few weeks, joy was in my peripheral vision.
#1. When driving into town to complete errands, there was a painted, wooden, spiritual lawn display. Most of these have the word “Believe” placed in the center of them. This one posted the word “Joy.”
#2. Our family has a fun, traditional baking day wherein we decorate Christmas cookies and make goodies to give to other family members and friends. I asked our younger grandkiddos to select a Christmas tin for Poppy and me and to fill it with some goodies. I just smiled inwardly when our granddaughter walked into the dining room and handed me a tin that read “Joy” in the center of it. I’d not previously seen the stack of Christmas Tins purchased for the day.
#3. The word “Joy” has appeared on numerous sandwich boards and marquees in our area. In prior years, I’ve not noticed the repetitive use of this word. Normally, it’s “Peace, Love, or Blessings.”
#4. The theme of “Joyful” was deposited into my spirit for my weekly blog post on December 13, 2021. This was before we received our hand-crafted Christmas card which just served as a confirmation to me.
#5. One of my favorite things each Christmas season is receiving cards and letters from our family and friends. What’s fascinating about the cards that they hand-selected to send us this year is the ongoing theme of joy and joyful!
Prophetic Insights For Daily Living
Heaven help me if this ultra-obvious theme of joy is lost on me as the prophetic signposts are everywhere!
What are some of the ways you’ve learned to remain joyful during what can sometimes be a stress-filled season?
Staying rooted and grounded in our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the reason for the season, can definitely keep our “joy barometer” full.
Fill in this sentence, “My Christmas joy would be complete if _________________________________. Now, I would encourage you to give this care and concern to The Holy Spirit to carry it for you and to trust God with the outcome.
Walking in joy is a choice just like anything else in life. I can recall a saying from decades ago that went something along the lines of, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be!” How true is this?
Listening to Christmas carols brings comfort and joy. Music sets a festive holiday tone and uplifts our spirits.
Hope, love, and peace are connected to joy. If any of the first three are out of kilter, joy will most certainly be decreased.
Joy is contagious, so please plan to spread some wherever you go! “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!” (Proverbs 15:23 NIV)
Please join me in prayer:
Father, we thank You for Your precious Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Who was sent to earth to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah 9:6-7 and to forgive us of our sins, so we may have eternal life.
As the cares and concerns of this holiday season continue to swirl around us like snowflakes in a windstorm, may we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Who gives us Christmas joy more abundantly. Let us find joy in the small treasures that You send our way.
To You be the power, glory, and praise, forevermore.
In the mighty name of Jesus, we pray,
Amen, and Amen.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Merry Christmas, everyone & all the best in 2022!
Sheila Eismann, Prophetic Seer, Blogger, Author & Teacher, publishes her weekly blog posts endeavoring to encourage others through God’s word. Her writings include teaching and instructions on how to apply prophetic insights for daily living.
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