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Why worry? A Season of Peace–Day 5

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“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14

Christmas is a season of peace.

Peace isn’t the absence of trouble or pain. It’s not the absence of conflict. Peace is the presence of quiet heart in any circumstance by the power of the Holy Spirit. Peace that comes from God stills our hearts and silences the noise of worry that swirls around us. His presence brings peace.

And as His physical presence entered the earth through Mary’s birth canal, the Prince of Peace came to the earth and to you and me to quiet our hearts and bring real, lasting peace no matter what we’re going through.

My own struggle with peace runs deep. I am one of those people that struggles to grab hold of peace (and not be a frazzled, crazy-stressed mommy).

Last year my husband was without a job for several months. It was such a test of our faith and trust in God. We have three little kids and moved three times in just six months between two states, all without income from a job.

I feel like God gave my husband and me grace to walk through a difficult time, but we had moments when it just felt overwhelming and hopeless. So we’d pray, and it was in those moments when God met us supernaturally, gave us hope and filled us with an unexplainable peace that we could only find by trusting Him. At times, I worried (and I mean REALLY worried) about whether or not we would completely run through our savings or if we would have any money left to feed our kids.

But guess what? God took care of us. Through several miracles, we hardly had to touch our savings to meet our needs during those several months.

One day, we received a large check in the mail from a friend of ours whom we hadn’t spoken to in several months and who definitely did NOT know our current financial situation. They simply indicated with a note attached to the check that God had “spoken to them” to send it to bless our family. That check was one of many ways God provided for us supernaturally and at that moment I remember thinking to myself, Why do I worry? He always takes care of us. He is trustworthy.

He came down and brought peace to the earth, and peace to you and me. We find it there, laying in the manger bed.

And so we wait. Whatever you are facing, His peace is here. The Prince of Peace is coming to quiet your heart in the middle of whatever circumstance you are facing today. Don’t worry. He’s got you and it’s all going to be okay.

Wait for Him. Grab hold of Him. He is coming.

The Prince of Peace.

Philippians 4:5-8 “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again–rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, on final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me–everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

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16 thoughts on “Why worry? A Season of Peace–Day 5

  1. Beautiful story of God’s provision!! Thank you for sharing this!! It reminded me of our VERY similar story. You might have read it on my blog ~ I appreciate your visits. :)

    For twenty three months we had no income. It started in 2008, and during that time our hearts were transformed even closer to God. We moved 3 times in that 2 years, and ended up filing bankruptcy. We had no other option. My husband had also nearly died of meningitis during that time. It was rough. But we prayed through every single step. We knew without a doubt God had called us to move and we did so in pure faith. What happened at each place changed our lives for ever. We have been and still are living a restoration. We were also surprised by God through the blessings of others. Even a couple we’d never met in person who lived across the country blessed us greatly by sending a check near Christmas time one year. I fell to the ground crying feeling His love all around. Let me never forget, Lord.

    Now, after 20 years of marriage this year, we are getting ready to celebrate our 4 month mark of moving into a home we purchased just one 1/2 years after bankruptcy! God supplied our down payment… It was gifted to us. His provision is great but His love is greater.

    Just wanted to share that so that we could share in this joy together. The joy that He took care of our families in mighty ways.
    Bless you and yours this Christmas season my friend.

  2. Beautiful story of God’s provision!! Thank you for sharing this!! It reminded me of our VERY similar story. You might have read it on my blog ~ I appreciate your visits. :)

    For twenty three months we had no income. It started in 2008, and during that time our hearts were transformed even closer to God. We moved 3 times in that 2 years, and ended up filing bankruptcy. We had no other option. My husband had also nearly died of meningitis during that time. It was rough. But we prayed through every single step. We knew without a doubt God had called us to move and we did so in pure faith. What happened at each place changed our lives for ever. We have been and still are living a restoration. We were also surprised by God through the blessings of others. Even a couple we’d never met in person who lived across the country blessed us greatly by sending a check near Christmas time one year. I fell to the ground crying feeling His love all around. Let me never forget, Lord.

    Now, after 20 years of marriage this year, we are getting ready to celebrate our 4 month mark of moving into a home we purchased just one 1/2 years after bankruptcy! God supplied our down payment… It was gifted to us. His provision is great but His love is greater.

    Just wanted to share that so that we could share in this joy together. The joy that He took care of our families in mighty ways.
    Bless you and yours this Christmas season my friend.
    ~ Heather

  3. love this..I love how his peace is available to us at all times. I have experienced his peace so much this year, I remember being in hospital and being rushed to theater and I saw Jesus walking beside my bed and the peace that his presence bought was the most amazing thing. I will never forget that moment. The story you shared of his provision is awesome – he knows our needs! Thank you so much friend for sharing your heart this Christmas season and reminding us that it is all about him.

    • I’ve had a similar experience in the hospital with my firstborn. I know what you went through was very difficult, but His peace is an amazing provision in the middle of it. I love your testimony about that. Really powerful. :)

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  5. Loved this post! You’re photographs really make it come alive. I sensed His profound presence through your difficult circumstances. He definitely is the Prince of Peace. Praise God, our Jehovah-Jireh.

    Carla Pollard, P31 OBS Group Leader

    • Thank you, Carla. I’m honored that you stopped by my blog. Thanks for the encouragement. The Lord sure was in that season with us. Thanks for all you do hosting these Bible studies. I love them. They are amazing. Blessings to you.

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  7. The last couple of poses I’ve read that you’ve blessed my heart with have come right on time. Philippians 4:8 has been a scripture that has captured my heart once again in the last 2 weeks. To hear how the Lord made provision for you and your family, how He has shown myself countless times how He has provided for me in various circumstances as well as what we read in the Holy Word, my heart begins to mellow out and allow peace to reside where I begin to feel anxious.

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