The Second Gift of Christmas – Peace

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, how can we find the true gifts of Christmas? This is the second week of Advent and the focus is on the gift of Peace.

Peace can be elusive at times, can’t it? Scripture exhorts us to “Seek peace and pursue it.” In other words, it is not something that happens by itself. We have to take ACTION to achieve peace.

I have resolved to have peace during the stressful times of the holiday season and end of the year. For me, that means cutting back on activities, gift buying, wrapping and giving, downsizing my decorating and spending more time at home and with God. It is all too easy to get caught up in the frenzy of the world so I need to make a conscious decision to pull away.

Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and pressured by it all? If so, what kinds of actions can you do today, dear one, to bring more peace into your life? An easy thing to do is to sit down, take a deep breath, and behold the gift of Peace. Envision the shepherds on the hill so many years ago gazing at the star in the sky. Or reflect on the manger scene with the Christ child.

Peace is within us if we stop to observe. Until next time, may the peace of God guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus as you surrender to Him this season.

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Stop Fretting

Speaking of simplifying life and letting go of stuff that no longer serves us, I have resolved, yes, once again, to let go of fretting over things that are out of my control.

For example, I live in a condominium complex which I love. However, there are rules being made which seem unfair to me. Now I could try to fight the system and expend a ton of energy arguing with these people, but where would that get me? Nowhere probably. I have decided to turn the situation over to God and pray for wisdom in how to handle it. The phrase “pick your battles” comes to mind.

At times I take things personally. Miguel de Ruiz, in his book, “The Four Agreements” talks about not taking things personally and he is so right. When I find myself starting to fret over some issue, I need to stop and ask myself the question “Am I taking this personally?” If the answer is yes, then I need to reframe the way I am looking at the situation and this helps me to find peace.

What are you fretting about today? Could you be taking something personally? Is it really? Is there another perspective? Have faith that God works all things out for our good. Bring more peace into your life by having more faith and let go of fretting. It is our choice!

Stop Fretting

Speaking of simplifying life and letting go of stuff that no longer serves us, I have resolved, yes, once again, to let go of fretting over things that are out of my control.

For example, I live in a condominium complex which I love. However, there are rules being made which seem unfair to me. Now I could try to fight the system and expend a ton of energy arguing with these people, but where would that get me? Nowhere probably. I have decided to turn the situation over to God and pray for wisdom in how to handle it. The phrase “pick your battles” comes to mind.

At times I take things personally. Miguel de Ruiz, in his book, “The Four Agreements” talks about not taking things personally and he is so right. When I find myself starting to fret over some issue, I need to stop and ask myself the question “Am I taking this personally?” If the answer is yes, then I need to reframe the way I am looking at the situation and this helps me to find peace.

What are you fretting about today? Could you be taking something personally? Is it really? Is there another perspective? Have faith that God works all things out for our good. Bring more peace into your life by having more faith and let go of fretting. It is our choice!