Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.
Nahum 1:15 KJV
Chaos. Mayhem. Murder. Evil. Protests. Uproar. Hate. Violence. Terror. Hurt. Pain. Trust. Hope.
Oh, sorry. I may have just confused you. Don’t worry, I completely realize that the last two words do not fit in with the first eleven. But that’s where the good news comes in!
Even though we are surrounded with wickedness, we are able to look to the one who publishes peace. Despite all of the evil on this earth, we can rest assured that it will not last. Keep your hope and trust in Jesus! In Him we’ll always find good news and peace!
When it comes to the holidays, it’s easy for us (especially women) to welcome added stress, freak-outs, et c. It’s as if it knocked on our door and we let it stride right on in, making itself at home. We accept “overwhelmed” as our new normal. Why? Well, because it’s the holidays, of course!
Christmas has started before Thanksgiving is even over, and then BOOM!—this year has gone away and a new one has begun. However, we should never allow ourselves to –almost gladly– accept the status of being overwhelmed. This, my fellow wives/mothers/aunts/sisters, is not Godly.
Christmas is not about stress. Christmas is not about buying the most expensive gifts. Christmas is not about having the best-wrapped presents. Christmas is not about being Room Mom and making sure the class party is perfect. Christmas is not about hosting the most fabulous parties. Christmas is not about dragging the kids to the mall to get their picture made with Santa.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”- Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace! Christmas is all about God sending peace to this world. And what was it the angels were singing to the shepherds about Jesus’ birth?
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”- Luke 2:14
You haven’t sent your Christmas cards out yet and Christmas is tomorrow? You forgot to get a gift for your child’s teacher? You meant to make Christmas cookies to take to the nursing home? Just breathe. This year make the following pledge and stick to it:
Understanding would be nice (or would it???) but it is not always feasible. However, peace is. Peace is always feasible!
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”- John 14:27
While I may never fully understand every situation and I may not have all the answers, I can rest assured in His peace. It might not be an easy road, but I stand on the promises of His word!
“Dear God, make me a bird, so I can fly, fly far away. Dear God, make me a bird, so I can…”
Everyone knows this prayer by “Jenny” or a.k.a. “Jen-Neigh” off of Forrest Gump.
Ever felt like flying the coop? (For those of you who are not suthiners, a.k.a. southerners, this is an analogy used when a chicken, etc., get out of the hen house. Getting out of the way for a while.)
I would love to just get away by myself sometimes and forget about everything around me. Though I would probably wind up sleeping. And I would desperately miss my husband and my kids, so I might as well take them with me, right? That would so defeat the purpose.
We have a way of letting “life” over take us. Things consume our every minute of the day and night. It’s like we never really get that breath of fresh air that we hear so much about. So I challenge you to take time from your busy schedule and enjoy the little things in life. Like the formations of the clouds above. The miraculous way that each one of them are different. The awesomeness of our Heavenly Fathers’ creativity. In every flower petal, every leaf, every sound in the air. Let His peace wash over the heaviness of the day, and just breathe.