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What Is Silent Peace?

Merry Christmas friends! You know one of the things I love about this season is sharing it with y’all. Seeing your faces light up in anticipation about what’s to come reminds me of how others waited expectantly for hundreds of years for Jesus to arrive. I imagine no one expected Him to arrive the way He did. I mean, God could have chosen a billion ways to drop Jesus, our Savior, into the world. He chose a baby.

Do you remember when your children or siblings were just born, a tiny bundle of sweet love? That baby, while wonderful and loved and sweet and smelling good, still brought a bit of chaos to your house, right? That baby didn’t sit quietly through every meal or sleep through the night and you probably had to be home for early bedtimes and you did more laundry than ever before in your life. Chances are you had moments where you wanted to hide in your room to find some peace.

And there lies the difference between our children and Christ coming as a baby. Jesus came as peace, He’s actually known as the Prince of Peace. In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, we are given a glimpse of what’s to come:

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6)

Now, this verse comes hundreds of years before Jesus is even born!!! That’s a lot of waiting for peace! Can you imagine what it must have been like to be present for the greatest PRESENT of the world?

What are some things we have to wait for these days?

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How many of you are hoping for a white Christmas? Waking up to loads of snow on the ground just waiting for you to jump in and play? I’ve only experienced a white Christmas a few times in my life. But I do love a good snow day. Even better than a snow day is a snow night! I remember as a child falling asleep after watching the news saying to expect snow overnight, it was always so hard to fall asleep, wanting to wake up and play in the snow. Two years ago I tucked my boys into bed with anticipation of them waking up to a snow day. Instead of my trying to fall asleep, I grabbed some hot chocolate and made my way to the back porch. From there I sat, bundled up, watching the snow fall. There were no sounds, it was as if the snow pushed the mute button on the world. No birds were chirping, squirrels weren’t chasing, even the creek was silent. There was peace and quiet like I had never experienced. I didn’t want to move or do anything to disturb that feeling. I wanted to capture it to hold onto when my world doesn’t seem at peace.

Y’all, the good news if I don’t have to capture that moment because when Jesus was born, He delivered that peace. All we have to do is ask Him to pour His peace out on us. It never hurts to seek peace, or moments of quiet, but know that HIS PERFECT PEACE was delivered in a manger for you and for me.

Shea

A God Of Peace

In my darkest times I desperately wanted to feel God’s peace, but I was existing in the chaos of my mind, my soul, and my heart.

I was centered on me. All of my thoughts were on my problems, my heart ache, my fears, my anger, my worry.

I had no energy to think beyond me and therefore, peace which I so desired, evaded my grasp, because one must have first quieted oneself in order to hear God whisper to the storm inside, “be still”.

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Cor. 14:33

I once read that Peace is not the absence of trouble, it is the presence of God.

And deep within my soul I knew that. Peace within me is a deep weighted settling, a very presence of the Spirit. Peace within me is a long deep breath that grounds me.

And the peace of God, that peace which reassures the heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus is yours.

Peace is a gift of the Spirit and comes about through the Spirit within us, a mind controlled by the Spirit, steadfast on the Spirit.

Paul writing to the Phillipians makes it very clear that peace comes from knowing that God is in control, that He is whispering “still” to the waves of anxiety crashing against our heart. And once we grasp that thought, and hold on for dear life, our destiny is set and God’s peace will guard our hearts against anxiety.

The Hebrew word for “guard” is also used for the word describing a squad of soldiers high on the wall guarding the town, a squad of “peace-giving angels” that will keep our heart still and safe.

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done.

If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.

His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 30:15 says, In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.

May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace. (Num 6:24-26)

Amen and amen and amen.

Lovingyougood…sd

An Inheritance Of Peace

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We all need Christian fellowship and godly counsel, particularly when we are puzzled or unsure about what we need to do. Where do you go when you need answers? Friends, a spouse, parent, pastor, or the Internet? All of these resources can be great blessings to our lives. But the next time when you find your mind racing with questions and the future seems far too big to face, call on God, His Word. Do you remember why Christmas starts with Christ?

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Have you ever wondered if Mary and Joseph felt lost on their long journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem? A teenager ambushed by the Holy Spirit; her finance’ who was at first in disbelief but knew this was God’s plan for their journey after an angel appeared before him in a dream that she was with child from the Holy Spirit. Wouldn’t life be easier if we had visions in our sleep that were messages from God? Instead, He wants us to trust in Him solely, to glorify Him and to maintain faith regardless of the trials and suffering we endure.

It doesn’t matter where we have been, what we have done, we have been forgiven…all because of the birth of Jesus Christ. This young couple fled their village, families, jobs, and friends to begin an endless journey alone. The challenges they faced, the rough terrain on the mountains, cold nights, no communications. Their faith can never be challenged as they were on an incredible journey with no knowledge of the joy and pain ahead in their lives, especially her son, Jesus, the Savior of the World! The greatest gift ever given! When compared to their journey, I sometimes feel shame to think my journey was, and still is, a painful challenge.

After making the trip to Bethlehem and Mary in labor, Joseph frantically begged for a place for her to give birth but many doors were shut over and over again. Doesn’t this sound all too familiar in our own lives? At last, an innkeeper allowed them to use his manger. Then, as the angels appeared and under the bright star in Bethlehem the miracle, supreme birth took place. God made history out of using ordinary, faithful people in spite of their insecurities or fears. As the four gospels will remind you earthly fears are no fears at all. Answer the big question of eternity, and all the little questions of life fall into perspective.

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men. Luke 2:14

Scripture has endured through the centuries. The Bible is the treasure map that leads us to God’s highest treasure, eternal life. God’s plan and passion to save His children can only come through from his Son, Jesus Christ, but it was never an easy journey for Mary and Joseph. Like us, we have many difficult journeys to climb, as well as joy and pain to endure. There are some facts that never change. One fact is that you are forgiven. If you are in Christ, when He sees you, your sins are covered ~ He doesn’t see them. He sees you better than you see yourself. And that is a glorious fact of your life. I am living proof – my story includes kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, carjacking, addiction, suicide attempts, hopelessly lost and worthless for many years until I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior almost ten years ago. It is such an incredible blessing to build bridges with others to Jesus so that I may give hope, peace, and joy to others confronting crisis. You must be broken into pieces before you are willing and needing to believe, like myself.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me. John 10:27-28

To Christ’s followers, one of the most important things about Christmas is what 'Christmas' really means - it is a Christian act of worship when followers remember that Jesus was not only born as told in the Christmas story, but that, when He became a man, Jesus willingly died to take away all of our wrongdoings and bring us closer to God. Then he came back to life three days later. Christians celebrate this throughout the year. What makes a Christian a Christian is not perfection but forgiveness…Because He Lives! Jesus is our Messiah…He’s the fulfillment of God’s greatest promise to us.

Nothing has ever been the same since the first Christmas.

May Peace Be With You Always,

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Lynne

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