Peace in my Heart: Day 3 OBS

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Christmas Peace for Busy Moms day 3 OBS is here. We’re talking about peaceful expectations today.  First, I want to tell you about a couple changes to make this study easier for you:

  • I’ve revised and updated the Online Bible Study Guide.  Please download the new version and use it to follow along.
  • Some of you had problems posting comments, and I’m so sorry!  I changed some settings and hopefully fixed the problem.  If you can’t comment here, please go to my Facebook page and comment.  Either way, you will be entered in the drawings, and you will bless others by sharing your thoughts.

Now that we’ve got business out of the way, here’s today’s lesson in video format. Enjoy!


Please refer to Day 3 of the book as we discuss peace in our expectations.

 

So, here’s the funny photo I referred to in the video, from Christmas 2009:

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I showed this to my kids last night, and here are their comments.  Drake, my oldest, said, “Yep, that’s me, the good one as usual.” (Mmhmm.)  Lauren couldn’t believe how squirmy and how small she was, since she is “the good one” now.  Ethan, Mr. Attitude in the photo, laughed and said, “There was no way I was sitting on his lap that day.”

But here’s a photo that exceeded my expectations of total cuteness.

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Friends, I’m praying God will help you adjust any off-the-charts expectations this year.  Christmas is a season of incredibly high expectations, as you know.  I’m lowering my own expectations and looking for ways to help other moms see Christmas will be just fine, maybe even better, if expectations are lower.  I believe we can create peace for others by telling them how we let go and thrived.

Feel free to post your stories of photo fails in the comments! 🙂

Questions for you:

Which area do you struggle with the most in expectations:  perfection, disillusion, or denial?

How do you need to adjust your expectations this Christmas?

How can we pray for you?

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Our theme verse for this week:

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Find the printable Bedside Reminder Card of this verse here.

Tomorrow’s post will feature an interview with Micah Maddox, one of my blogging friends.  Be sure to return tomorrow to hear her thoughts on seeking peace this Christmas.


 

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Your comments this week enter you to win a copy of Cynthia Heald’s I Have Loved You, a book that helps you find peace with your Heavenly Father.  The winner will be announced Friday, Nov. 4.

On Friday we will share kid-friendly holiday drink recipes.  Please pull out your favorite recipe and be ready to share with the group!

 


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  • Amy Jung

    I’ve been working for a few years on Christmas expectations with myself and others. For the first time I think I recognize that I may have some high expectations on how I experience the Christmas season in a spiritual way. Perhaps I want my experience to be bigger or match up to one I’ve had in the past. I guess this would fall under disillusionment. Anyway—it was helpful for me to ponder this today!

    • Sarah

      Thanks Amy for being honest about disillusionment in your expectations. I’m sure many can relate.

  • bethwillismiller

    Sarah, what a great post about expectations! Ann Voskamp said in her book, 1,000 Gifts, “expectations kills relationships.” So true…encouraging posts like yours help me to reframe, to refocus, to see through a wider lens. Imagination is a powerful entity. It can cause the hair on the back of our neck to stand up, our spirit to soar, or our face to blush. Imagination is the power that holds our beliefs together; we believe with our imagination. Imagination is the wellspring of faith and hope. Our biggest and best dreams for ourselves and others rise from the imagination. All of this activity is the work of the imagination. It is likewise the work of the imagination to reinterpret and reform repeated assumptions and expectations. Many blessings to you!

    • Sarah

      Beth, this is insightful. I agree with your thought: “It is likewise the work of the imagination to reinterpret and reform repeated assumptions and expectations.” May God help us use our imaginations to reset our expectations.

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