Peace At Christmas

Philippians 4:7
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." NIV

This is a special time of year!!  A time of celebrating Christ’s birth.
  No greater gift has been give to us!!!

Unfortunately, sometimes, this time of year can be difficult for those
who are alone.  Or those who carry heavy burdens on their hearts and
minds, those in physical pain.  We want to be a part of the production of
things.  Gifts to be bought, decorating, special foods to prepare,
friends and family get togethers.  Many times we can’t do those things we
have in the past.  We either have to put them aside or ask others for
help. This can often cause us to withdraw, and our focus is no longer on
Christ, but on ourselves.

This year has been extra difficult for myself.  I cannot get out and do
the shopping "thing."  Baking is completely out of the question.  A
sense of sadness began to come over me.  So I decided to spend that time
in God’s word and prayer.  The closer I drew to Him, the more peace
began to fill my heart.  Looking now at things on His terms, my eyes on
Him and His promises.

When we invite Christ into our hearts, He gives us peace.  He will
guard our hearts and minds.  Giving us peace, that no matter what, all will
be ok.  Ok to be different, ok that we can’t do all those things as
before.  He is with us and will never leave us.  He gives us peace, with
Him, others, ourselves, and in our hearts and minds.

Just by asking Him into our hearts, we can have all these things.  Our
eyes on Him now, knowing He protects us and loves us.  With that love
and peace, through Christ, we can recieve His strength, as in  Phil.
4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

If you are having difficult times during this Christmas season, take
some extra time in prayer and God’s word.  He will bring His comforting
peace to your heart.

Heavenly Father, thank you for watching over us and loving us. Thank
you for the peace you bring to us in all circumstances.
Amen

Margie Scott lives in Chandler, Arizona, with her son, James. Margie
enjoys reading, writing, sewing, and spending time with her family.
Margie strives each day to trust God’s grace will always provide as
challenges arise related to living with, Parkinsons, Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia.