As we are getting into the thick of the holiday season, the pace seems to get faster by the day… the every day to-do list gets bombarded by other must-do lists: gift lists, grocery lists, Christmas card lists, packing lists, etc. My personal challenge, that I will offer to you as well, is to start the day s..l..o..w and q..u..i..e..t. Wake up, drink your warm cup of coffee, and just sit in silence before the Lord. Breathe. Allow Him to invade your heart and mind with His sweet peace. And then, meditate on His word. Breathe deeper. Allow Him to infuse you with His strength. Time with Him in the morning will set the mood and tempo of the day. Remember, afterall, Christmas is about… Him.
If you need guidance during these holy-days, please feel free to use the Christmas devotional “Who is this Jesus and Why did He come?”. The devotional can be found in its entirety at www.respitefortheweary.com. Below is a sample of one day:
.and His name will be called…the Prince of Peace.
And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.
And He Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? And being aroused, He rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
I am your Prince of Peace. Realize I have the power and authority to calm every “storm” that arises in your heart and mind. Cry out to Me and I will answer. The “wind and the waves” might continue in your circumstances, but My incomprehensible peace will be ever present in your soul.