I have fought battles for peace in Christmas past. When forces within and without conspired to seize peace from my busy Decembers, I put on the armor of God to bring peace back to my family’s Christmas celebrations. It seems ironic to fight for peace, but I have learned from experience that peace always comes at a price, even in the very first Christmas (see Matthew 2).
In my past, broken families, conflict, and grief threatened to destroy the Prince of Peace’s birthday celebration. But I have learned ways to fight for peace, and I’ve shared them in my new book, Christmas Peace for Busy Moms.
Here are five ways I will be a peace warrior this Christmas:
- I will conquer the enemy of condemnation by speaking God’s truth to my heart, using my Peace Scripture Memorization Page.
- I will stand up against selfishness by beginning, spending, and ending my day with God, pursuing his peace in the busy Christmas season.
- I will cast aside grudges and hurts and work hard for peace in my relationships.
- I will drive a stake of God’s peace into the heart of materialism.
- I will set my eyes on the summit of peace on Christmas morning, found only through the price Jesus paid to be our Prince of Peace.
If I’m not intentional about seeking peace, even fighting for it when necessary, the enemy will drag me back down into discouragement. I want this year to be different. That’s why I wrote Christmas Peace for Busy Moms, not just for others, but for my own quest for perfect peace.
I want peace in my heart this Christmas. I want to bring peace to my husband and my children. I want to serve as an ambassador for peace in my extended family, workplace, church, parties, and even in the public square. I want to glorify God as a peacemaker. This Christmas, I want my story to be all about peace.
Questions for Reflection:
What battles in Christmas past still haunt you? How can you let go and receive God’s peace?
Where do you need peace most this Christmas? In your heart, day, relationships, surroundings, or holiday?
How do you struggle most in your busy December? In your procrastination, your quest for perfection, or your denial?
How do you need to fight for peace this Christmas? What parts of God’s armor (see Ephesians 6:10-18) will help you in your battles?
Want more help finding Christmas peace? Please purchase Christmas Peace for Busy Moms on Amazon or Smashwords. Then plan to join me for the online Bible study Nov. 1 – Dec. 2, 2016. Many moms will share ideas and encouragement for Christmas peace in the discussion, and each comment enters you for weekly giveaways. I look forward to getting to know you here!
Blessings to you today,