Has Anyone Seen My Peace? {Prepare My Heart for the Holidays}

If there’s anything I could use LOTS more of during the holidays, it’s peace. Decking the halls, after all, comes at a price. Someone must do the actual decking (hello? that would be me), and then there is the fact that problems don’t simply vanish because the calendar flips to December. Trials still bombard us; sickness of some sort often hits; and let’s face it, attitudes can bounce off the walls with enough force to cause injury.

It’s enough to yank your peace right out the back door.

But here’s a Christmas gift we don’t have to wait to open and use: His peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and if we will yield to His authority as Prince over every situation, we can walk in peace. We mustn’t forfeit our peace but hold tight to it by holding tight to Him. Even while we’re busy decking the halls. My daily goal is to bring the peace of Christ with me everywhere I go. But first His peace must reside within me.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) (NLT)

{Let’s Pray}

Lord,

You are perfect in all of Your ways. You are the Prince of Peace! Your peace is such a precious gift to me, one that I especially need during the holidays when so many demands are placed on me. God You never leave me or forsake me, so help me remember that I can cling to Your very real, very near presence and peace now, at the start of the holidays. Help me to allow myself the pleasure of basking in Your peace that passes all understanding, not because everything is perfect, but because You are.

Please teach me by Your Spirit to continually walk in Your peace. Help me not to relinquish it over situations and circumstances, but enable me to choose peace now and throughout the season. Help me to bring Your peace to every holiday gathering, every party, every baking session, every family meal. May others sense this holy peace and be drawn to You because it is so real.

According to Your Word, I lift up the things that do concern me, and thank You for all You have done for me. I’m grateful that when I do this, Your peace guards my heart and mind. I choose to hold tight to You, Lord. Anchor me in Your peace. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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