Finding Peace in the Prince of Peace
Have you surrendered to the commercial madness of the season? Or have you found peace in being content?
Christmas is a time to pause and ponder the birth of Jesus Christ. We don’t have to succumb to unwanted financial burdens. It creates stress and robs us of opportunities to give to others. Overspending Is the opposite of how Christians should celebrate. By living within a budget, we can sacrificially serve and give away God’s love. Like money, our time must be carefully stewarded as well. Emphasize Christ – the gift of this season – by saying “No” to activities that aren’t necessary or conducive to the good of your family. Unplug your phones, TVs and laptops. Sleep in and don’t feel bad about it! Have some fun! Laugh, sing and create happy memories together. Fill your home with relaxing sounds, beautiful music, and aromas that bring peace and joy. Start a family journal to record God’s goodness. Phone loved ones and write letters. Gratitude is contagious and brings contentment.
Start your days with praise and thanksgiving to the God of perfect love. He will fill your heart with peace that passes all understanding. You can rejoice with the prophet Isaiah: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
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