Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Peace

Off-balance.  Out of kilter.  Or, as one definition described it, "....in a state of confusion or chaos." So much in our world seems to be off-balance.  Everything from politics and popular opinion to sports, entertainment and current events.  It affects our world, our communities, our churches, our homes, and our own hearts.  If we are not careful, this constant state of "off-balance" threatens to steal our joy and destroy peace.

Peace has been a recurring theme for me over the last few days - even weeks.  It has been in my thoughts, in my Bible time and continues to "pop up" in several devotionals I have read lately.  As much as we would like to think of Christmas as a time for "peace on earth..good will towards men," real peace can be totally elusive during this season.  However, the truth is my heart should be filled with peace - even in this Christmas season.  Especially at this Christmas season.

Jesus is the source of peace.  Not only peace for our frenzied, hurried - off-balance - world but for my stressed, overwhelmed, grief-sensitive, anxious-prone heart.  He offers peace of both heart and mind.  Take time each day to soak in His peace.  

Time is up for my FMF thoughts on balance (or lack thereof)...but I wanted to include just a few verses related to peace. I pray if your heart is troubled, burdened or hurting that these verses will help focus your heart on the babe of Christmas.  Jesus, who came to give us peace.

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled...."  John 14:27

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  John 16:33

"...the Lord will bless his people with peace."  Psalm 29:11

"and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  Phil. 4:7

5 comments:

  1. Jesus is my balance. If I spend time with him, I'm fine. If I don't, I'm off kilter. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you this season!

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  2. I agree, the world does seem very off-balance right now. It's important to remember that true peace is only found in Jesus!

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  3. Love the reminder for the verses on peace. Great post!

    Your #11 FMF neighbor

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  4. The world does seem off-balance, I remind myself that it has always been this way since the fall. Even though it has looked different, creation has been groaning all along. Thankful for peace, and hope, and rest in this season of advent. Lovely reminders here.

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  5. Good thoughts, Jennifer. If the peace of Christ can't be found in our hearts, it's nowhere.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2018/12/your-dying-spouse-551-spending.html

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