Thursday, December 7, 2017
Written by: Katherine Talley | Director of Elementary & Youth Singing Choirs
The days and weeks leading up to Christmas can be hectic and stressful. We are so often laden with obligations that take time to truly enjoy the joys of the season seems impossible. We may feel apprehension about celebrating with our families or conversely, feel dismay over the lack of family to celebrate with! As if all this weren’t enough, we may also feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities of keeping it all together!
This is where God steps in to remind us about the true reason for the season and His promise of peace that “surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Personally, I know it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and push aside the nudging of the Holy Spirit because there is always one more thing to do! But, during this time it’s paramount to create boundaries and prioritize time with God. There is a marked difference between the days when I rush out of the house, and the days when I am able to spend even just five minutes praying and reading scripture. Recently, I picked up a copy of a devotional from the church office and placed it in my car. It has been a great tool for connecting with God, and inviting His peace into my heart, even when life is going full speed ahead.
Prayer: Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Remove any anxiety and fill my heart with Your peace that surpasses all understanding.