Have you noticed when Christmas light bulbs start to wear out they begin to flicker off and on? Sometimes they flicker for a minute or most of the night. This can happen either on a tree or the lights outside on the house.
When I was growing up the lights were a bit different. The little blinking set you wrapped around the tree was chronic to have a light blink or blow out every season. The only problem was that when one bulb went on the set, the whole line of lights went out too. This would cause a whole lot of stress and drive you nuts, because you had to search each tiny bulb to see which one blew out which could take quite a bit of time to fix it.
Many electronics, toy, games, phones, laptops, etc use rechargeable batteries to have the convenience of not using a cord. When the electronic dies out we just plug it in to get it recharged. Our life is so like this when we begin to stress out, burnout, flip out, or even when the lights go out and the unexpected circumstance happens like this pandemic. It is similar to when the car battery dies and we are stuck and have to be somewhere. We have to call AAA or rely on somebody else to get the assistance and help we need.
There are times in our life especially this year that we are not ready or prepared for what is coming down the road. Jesus spoke a parable of five wise virgins and five foolish virgins. The wise virgins brought their lamps and oil in a jar to refill if the light dimmed or went out. They went to meet the Bridegroom which is a picture of Christ coming back at an unexpected time.
Five of the virgins got impatient and left to look for oil because their light was burning out. Suddenly the bridegroom came and the wise virgins were ready hut the foolishvwere not. They actually lost out and the door was shut for the wedding feast. (Matthew 25;1-13).
Jesus is the Light that shines bright in our world, even when chaos, tragedy, pandemonium are present. God has given us the power of His Holy Spirit to recharge our spiritual bulbs, batteries, etc. The Lord also helps to renew our mind and bodies as we rest in His presence. When we give our heart to Christ in this life its a game changer, because the true joy is found in the Lord who is our strength. The enemies of life and even trials can burn us out or we can fall asleep, doubt God, and keep trying on our own and not being prepared for the Bridegroom before the lights go out.
My prayer for you is that the Lord will renew your batteries and bulbs with His energy the Holy Spirit today. Some of you are wearing thin with stress and anxiety to a point of burnout. Ask the Lord to fill your lamp, bulb, or battery today so you may be ready for whatever come your way in Jesus name.
Enjoy this holiday season my friend because this is a time to believe and trust Christ who is the Light of the World
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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