The holiday season is often a whirlwind of shopping, cooking, decorating, and attending social events. However, author Christine Trimpe urges us to remember the true essence of the Christmas season, which she discusses in a recent Out of the Darkness episode. In this thought-provoking conversation, Christine emphasizes the pursuit of biblical joy and encourages listeners to take a spiritual journey throughout December.
In her book, "Seeking Joy Through the Book of Luke," Christine explores the transformative journey of finding joy despite struggles and pain. This journey reveals the existence of a "God-sized hole" in our souls – a void that can only be filled through a relationship with Christ. Christine believes in the importance of integrating prayer and scripture into our routines, especially during the festive season.
According to Christine, “The most important thing you can do is pick up your Bible and spend time in God's word daily. It's truly where you will find your nourishment, where everything that you need to satisfy the longings in your heart, the cravings in your heart, whatever is missing out from your heart – God." She believes this is the key to achieving a balance between traditions and spiritual growth.
The concept of biblical joy is often misunderstood, and Christine is passionate about shedding light on this subject. She stresses that joy is not synonymous with happiness, as society often suggests. Instead, true joy is deeply rooted in our relationship with Christ and is independent of our circumstances. She says, "True joy can only be found in Christ."
Reflecting on her personal journey, Christine acknowledges that her understanding of joy was transformed when she started engaging with the Bible daily. This routine filled the void in her soul and provided her with peace and a sense of purpose.
To guide readers through the holiday season, Christine's book provides daily devotions, each accompanied by pondering questions and prayers. This is a practical and engaging way to help readers seek and experience joy throughout December.
Christine highlights the importance of gratitude, especially during challenging times. She believes that a grateful heart can pave the way for joy to seep in. Her words serve as an uplifting reminder that the real essence of Christmas is the joy and peace that comes from Jesus Christ.
In Christine Trimpe's words, "It's my job to trust God, and God's job is the outcome." Let this holiday season be a reminder to trust in the process and find joy in the journey. After all, the true spirit of Christmas is not found in the hustle and bustle but in the joy and peace that comes from Jesus Christ.