Prince of Peace
I don't think I have had such a busy December before. The driving factor has been our decision to home school Benjamin and Samuel. I promise I don't have enough time to share the reasons now but really look forward to writing out some of the prayers and thoughts that have shaped our decision.
With all of the business I have been immersed in my relationship with Christ. Not that I've had the time to sit with Him as long as I like in His word, but the foundation of my being has been proven over and over this month in my rest in Him. I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit, "For in him we live and move and have our being." Acts 17:28 I have attended doctor and school appointments. I celebrated Hanukkah with the mission team from NCC. I have ordered school curriculum, created Christmas letters and mailed packages.
But the most important thing I have done is spend time with my family, talking about where we will be stretched to look more like God's people. We are so excited to be spending Christmas morning at a VA hospital, playing the piano, singing, and sharing the joy of Christmas with very special people. We were reading through Isaiah last night with the children, in the business doing our utmost to remain centered on Christ. Here's a Good Word from God -
"The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior's boot used in battle will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For unto us a child is born, to us a son given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:2-6
Personally, I have experienced the Wonderful Counselor this December. In my efforts to "fix" the world, usually the one I see in my home, I often forget He is Mighty God. He turns my face back to Him so gently though and I remember - He is Mighty God, the source of my being, my Abba Everlasting Father. And He reigns peace in my heart. My Prince of Peace.
Wherever we are this 17th day of December, may our preparations be to receive the Christ-child. In this our efforts will never be in vain. "Because of the tender mercy of my God by which the rising sun will come to me from heaven - to shine on my darkness and in what feels like the shadow of death to me - I will find peace." Luke 1:78-79 paraphrased
May you find peace in all things today, Favored One! Much love!