Welcome to the first day of the online Bible study for Christmas Peace for Busy Moms! I have prayed over you and this day for months, and I’m so excited to meet with you here.
Our theme verse for this week:
Without a doubt you’ve already seen plenty of Christmas advertisements already. You know busy December will be here so soon. If your heart is at peace before the season begins, your body will have the strength, energy, and peace to move forward through the chaos. That’s why I want to study peace with you here in November, before the full swing of the holiday season begins. If we work to find peace now, we will be more prepared to share it with others who need it so desperately. Let’s open the virtual pages of Christmas Peace for Busy Moms together and begin our search for peace in our hearts.
Please refer to Day 1 of the book as we discuss peace with God, the starting place in our search for peace this Christmas.
How have you found peace with God because of who he is? Consider the names of God in scripture, using this list.
The name I find most meaningful is Yahweh Shammah, “The Lord is There.” Throughout my life I have struggled with loneliness and fears of abandonment. Knowing God is always there brings me great comfort and peace. I especially need this peace in busy December, when I sometimes feel alone and abandoned in the surrounding chaos.
Question for you: Which name on this list brings you the most comfort and peace? Please share in the comments section below.
On Day 2 of the book, I wrote about finding peace with myself by studying Psalm 139.
Today, this verse brings peace to my heart:
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Ps. 139:16)
This day ahead of me holds no surprise for God. He wrote it before I was born. He is waiting for me on the other side of the busyness, the joys, the fatigue, the temptations, and the blessings. Yahweh Shammah is already there, holding my story in his hands. I don’t have to fret today knowing he’s there in my day, on my side, leading me along the master plan for my life.
Question for you: When you read this psalm, which portion brings you peace about yourself? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
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 giveaway will be held Friday, Dec. 2.
On Friday we will share kid-friendly holiday drink recipes. Please pull out your favorite recipe and be ready to share with the group!