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There are so many things to fill our time and hearts at Christmas. Busy calendars, kids wish lists, online shopping, Secret Santa exchanges, the opinions of others and even unrealistic expectations. Instead of more presents under the tree, we all would like a side of extra peace.
Part of the reason you might be chasing peace is because you’re trying to prove your worth. If I can just measure up to what I think is the perfect Christmas mom then I might could stop running and enjoy the holiday. Our encouragement today is to separate your worth from what others think of you. The beauty of Christmas is that Jesus came to earth because of our worth. He loved us so much that he stepped down from heaven to be born in a manger. He doesn’t care whether your Christmas tree is insta-worthy or your presents are wrapped with expensive ribbon. He loves you just as you are.
Peace might be found in saying no to extra activities, putting everything in bags with tissue or letting go of the search for matching pajamas. Peace is most certainly found in quiet moments with your Bible and thoughtful prayers for those you love. Jesus gave others his presence instead of presents. Peace on earth is a task for the Savior, but peace in our homes is something we can partner with him to create.
Isiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
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