Sunday, December 23, 2018 Not Easy and the Peace of Christmas

A favorite book of ours in our household is Waiting is not Easy by Mo Willems.  In fact, if you have not read this book, go grab it for a gift for yourself, your kids and your nieces and nephews.  It tells such a simple and true story about how waiting for us as humans is so hard and yet so worth it. 

As we are waiting for this little girl to arrive and join our family in the next week,  I have been so reminded of how this parallels how God asks us to wait patiently and in anticipation of Jesus Christ's birth during Advent and then the celebration of His birth at Christmas.

Do you know that God created every single person on this earth?  That he desperately loves you and wants to have a relationship with you?  In Psalm 139:13 and 14 it says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

Today at our worship service at Riverwood Church here in Waverly, I was struck by our sermon that really focused on the truth that God is the only one that can truly give you peace.  One of the names that Jesus is called in Isaiah chapter 9 is Prince of Peace.  The world is constantly trying to find peace but because of sin and evil in the world, there will never be peace in the world until God returns and fully redeems His creation.  When Jesus was born into the world as both fully God and fully man and lived a perfect life here on earth and then killed on a cross and rose again, then we could be made right with God as a sinful human.  This gift of life and peace is so amazing!!  I never truly understood what God's peace was or felt like until my mom passed away from breast cancer.  During the first few months of her being gone, the verse that was the only thing that truly comforted me was Psalm 46:10, "Be Still, and know that I am God....."  In Philippians 4:7 it says, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  Do you know this peace?

My desire this Christmas is for everyone to read the Bible.  This book is a gift.  God gave it to us as a love letter and the coolest thing is that every time it is read, you gain new knowledge about who God is and how He works.  He is all powerful.  He is always with us.  He is good.  He desires communication with us (prayer)!  

This morning was a wake-up call for me personally.  The past two to three days I have started to be cranky about being pregnant and having to wait for the timing of her arrival.  I was convicted that I was not keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus and what God has in store for me.  His timing is perfect!  Have I not seen that with the creation of our family?  I was also humbled about how I needed to confess that I was trying to do things my way and was too focused on myself.  Each day I have with my boys is precious and especially this time to focus on Jesus' birth at Christmas.

I pray all can experience the joy that Christmas brings with the realization of what a gift Jesus is to everyone.  If you don't know much about this gift or need some prayer, please reach out to me. I would be honored to pray for you and share what God has done in my life and continues to teach me each day. 

Please check out this prayer:

Merry Christmas!!    


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