Hello friends, here’s a sneak peek at the intro of Christmas Peace for Busy Moms, my book which launches on Oct. 16. You can buy an advance copy here now through Oct. 14. I have another wonderful review to share with you from my dear friend Paula also. Enjoy!
Sneak Peek: Introduction
Welcome to Peace
The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Christmas peace is possible.
But it is only possible with Jesus.
He is the Prince of Peace, the one who gave us peace as a Christmas gift.
When the angels announced his birth, they first praised God. Then they sang,
And on earth, peace to those on whom his favor rests. Luke 2:14
Peace was God’s gift to the shepherds that night and to all who believe in Jesus as their Savior now.
God knows we need peace. We are separated from him by sin. Jesus is God’s peace offering to us, his gift of forgiveness and grace. We can have peace with God through Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection. On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus said to his disciples,
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
We need peace in the bustle of busy December.
Like Martha in Luke 10, we are distracted by all the preparations:
- decorating our homes
- shopping for groceries and gifts
- baking and cooking special food
- wrapping all the gifts
- cleaning all the extra messes
Looking at that list makes my heart race—but I’ve plodded through that list every year I’ve been a mom.
Like Martha, I have been worried and upset about how much work is to be done in preparation for Christmas. I wanted picture-perfect memories of Christmas with my family. For many years, my peace got lost in the pursuit of perfection.
By sitting at Jesus’ feet, I found the peace I needed. You can find this peace too. In the next 25 days, we will spend 15 minutes together walking through this process of finding peace:
- When I set aside time each day for God’s word, I find peace.
- When I plan ahead for the next day, I find peace.
- When I focus on making memories with my family, I find peace.
- When I lower my expectations for a perfect holiday, I find peace.
- When I choose to serve others at Christmas, I find peace.
- When I reflect on God’s goodness to me in the past year, I find peace.
I invite you on a journey of peace this Christmas. We will start with finding peace in our own hearts and gradually move outward to sharing peace with others. Let’s begin together!
What an insight to look inside ourselves. This book will bring out every thought and action to mind we have all gone through as mothers, wives and women of God. My mind and perspective to not only this holiday season but life as each day unfolds I will recall the teachings and examples so beautifully written in this book. I must say I have listened to speakers, read other books, listened to my pastor, but the connection this book makes with the one who reads it will have such an impact on your life, it cannot be helped. I do not get up in the morning any longer and rush into my routine without having time with God. He has become like my morning coffee and I thank this compassionate author for that.
Author Sarah Geringer shares personal experiences that help us realize we are not alone in the hustle bustle materialized world Christmas has become and how we can slow down, incorporate God, scriptures, and using tactics within our lives and families to have peace like we have never known. I know my season will be much more peaceful this year. I am feeling blessed to have read this book from such an amazing author Sarah Geringer.
Paula J., Missouri