Peace in My Extended Family: Day 13 OBS


Welcome to Day 8 of the Christmas Peace for Busy Moms online Bible study!  Today’s study is in video format.  Enjoy!

YouTube Link HERE

Find the Grit and Grace episode I mentioned in the video here.

Every December, I carve out time to read my favorite Christmas short story, A Certain Star.  You can probably find it at your local library in a compilation book for author Pearl S. Buck.

This story was written in 1957 at the height of the Cold War—a time of confusion, divided opinions, and misunderstanding, much like our current time.  The father is a nuclear scientist who feels his wife, young adult daughter, and teenaged son are slipping away from him.  At Christmas he takes them to the family farm in the hopes of renewing their bond, and looks for guidance from the North Star he saw in his childhood.

This story stirs me deeply because the family members eventually air their hurts, experience greater understanding, and receive healing and unexpected peace from one another.  It gives me so much to consider in my own situation.

I think this story touches on all my past Christmas wounds.  The wounds from childhood Christmases and the wounds from more recent Christmases.  The familiar brokenness that never seems to heal.  The hurts I’m trying not to focus on this year, as I mention in today’s video.

But it also touches on the hope for peace that never died out in my heart.  That hope in Jesus, my Prince of Peace, has been my North Star.  The hope that God will forge a peaceful future for me and my family.

We are all searching for hope and peace at Christmas.  I do not know if I can find it for myself in my extended family, at least not at every family celebration.  But I do know I can give peace even if I don’t receive it, because God has given me peace to share.  That’s where my focus lies this year.

Questions for you:

With this week’s theme verse in mind (see below), in what practical ways can you serve as a peace ambassador in your extended family this Christmas?

Which verse from the Peace Scripture Memory Page is most relevant in your extended family relationships, and why?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below or on my Facebook author page for your chance to win two giveaways!


Your comments this week enter you to win a copy of Tracie Miles’ book, Your Life Still Counts, which will help you develop peaceful habits.  The giveaway for this book will be held Friday, Nov. 18.

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This Friday we will share holiday side dish recipes.  Please pull out your favorite recipe and be ready to share with the group!

Our theme verse for this week:


Find the printable Bedside Reminder Card of this verse here.

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  • May you hear God whisper His peace throughout this holiday season … and beyond, Sarah. You are not alone …

    • Sarah

      Thank you Linda! Yes, by making online friends with similar backgrounds and thoughts, I feel less alone in my struggles than before. Blessings and peace to you!

  • Liz

    Air hurts, experience understanding, receive healing and peace. Sounds like a perfect example of Biblical restoration! Thanks for these great points today! Blessings!

    • Sarah

      Thank you Liz! Blessings to you also!

  • “I do know I can give peace even if I don’t receive it, because God has given me peace to share.” Amen, dear Sarah! I know that even when things get chaotic at Christmas, I can be a peace ambassador by demonstrating the peace of Christ in my heart, soul and actions. Great post!

    • Sarah

      Thanks Lauren! Glad to know another sister-in-Christ is wanting to be a peace ambassador this Christmas season!

  • Kelly Hausknecht Chripczuk

    Oh, I look forward to checking out the Pearl S. Buck suggestion. Welcome to the #SmallWonder linkup.

    • Sarah

      I hope you enjoy the story, and thank you for hosting the linkup as well!

  • Praying alongside you, Sarah, as you choose peace. Praying your message reaches many who are burdened by chaos and bitterness! Thank you so much for sharing with us at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,

    • Sarah

      Thank you Lori. I always love reading your hopeful posts!

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