Peace in My Heart, Day 5 OBS

Welcome to Friday Fun on Day 5 of the online Bible study for Christmas Peace for Busy Moms. Today’s topic is Peaceful Actions, and we have a special holiday recipe!

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Let’s look at this quote from the book:

Before you write your shopping lists, plan your parties, and prep your recipes, will you think carefully about how to be a peacemaker this Christmas?

I am approaching Christmas with a different attitude this year: trying to spread peace wherever I go.

If my peaceful words don’t match my actions, people won’t see me as an ambassador for peace.

So I am practicing these peaceful actions now:

  • smiling more often
  • giving people the benefit of the doubt when a challenge arises
  • working hard to treat others how I’d like to be treated

This peacemaking attitude in November will help me spread peace in December.

I have noticed that by “faking” peaceful actions even when I don’t feel like it, I experience a peaceful feeling in my heart.  Maybe peace fills in the space where guilt and condemnation used to reside, after I felt regret for not acting in peaceful ways.  I feel lighter, happier, and more in line with God’s will for my attitude.

The Scripture I’m savoring today as I prepare my attitude:

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:18

This is our theme verse for Week 4, when we will discuss more practical ways to serve as an ambassador for peace.  If we put on a peaceful attitude now, we will be ready to share our peace with others when busy December arrives.

Questions for you:

When is it hardest for you to show peace through your actions?

How does your attitude needs to change so you can serve as a peace ambassador?

How can we pray for you to gain peace?

 


Friday fun recipe:  Festive Strawberry Drink

strawberry-drink

I make this drink every Christmas morning from the local strawberries we pick in June.  It’s a taste of summer in the dead of winter, and a great source of Vitamin C for your family.

  1. Fill a blender with 3 cups frozen sliced strawberries.
  2. Zest one orange with a Microplane tool and put all the zest in the blender.  Then cut the orange in half and juice it; pour the juice into the blender.
  3. Add 1-2 packets stevia, or 1-2 teaspoons sugar.
  4. Pour ginger ale almost to the top of the strawberry mixture.
  5. Blend until smooth, adding more ginger ale if needed.
  6. Taste and add sugar to preferred sweetness.
  7. Garnish with strawberries or orange slices as desired.

Yield: four 1-cup servings

Do you have any kid-friendly holiday drinks to share?  Please post them below or on my Facebook author page.


Our theme verse for this week:

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Find the printable Bedside Reminder Card of this verse here.


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