December is nearly here… eeek! It always sneaks up on me.
I’ve been feebly attempting to work ahead on holiday planning and shopping, so that I can ground the majority of the month in the things that matter... and steer clear of chaos. It’s a pursuit I’ll likely fall short of, but I’m going for it. I’m gonna do my best to slow down and preserve space and time for family and worship. As I work to orient my heart in the right direction, here’s a verse I find really powerful:
John 14:27 - I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
Wow, I need this reminder every day. God didn’t create us for busyness. He created us for His glory, and His gift to us is peace. Knowing that a frantic feeling may soon come a’knockin, I recently created and shared a document with some friends, which provides ideas for pursuing peace this the holiday season. (Thank you for the jumpstart, Maggie, Jamie B and Hillary!)
Each idea on this list includes a few verses to help guide prayer - if you (like me!) could use some direction. Feel free to borrow and share it, if you’d like! You should be able to open the PDF when you click on the image…
This sheet is currently hanging in our kitchen, where I can see it throughout the day… which I think will come in handy during the holiday season. Wishing you an advent full of peace, love and above all, JOY, celebrating the good news of our savior’s birth.