Verse of the Day


"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulder. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

~ Isaiah 9:6


Today's Devotional Thought

December 01, 2018 by Rachel Piferi



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Learning to Be Still This Christmas

Christmas. What a beautiful time of the year. A beautiful time of year when things are just a little different than our normal lives. Our scenery is different as we put glitter and sparkling white lights on everything in our homes and stores. Our food is different as we make cookies and treats to enjoy and share. Our habits are different as we spend more time enjoying each other and going to parties and programs and events.

Much is different around us and it is fun, exciting, and celebratory. And while our scenery, our food, and our habits are all different this time of year, are our hearts?

Is your heart different during the Christmas season than other times of the year?

Because it should be.

It seems that we do all of these things to "get in the Christmas spirit" and yet I wonder if that is truly what is happening through all of it? Are our hearts different? Are all of these things preparing our hearts for Christmas? Are we more hopeful? Joyous? Excited?

I would argue for some, our hearts are different. But, it is not a good different. Rather, for some, it is a hurried, stressed, and overwhelmed different. And instead of glitter, white lights, frosted sugar cookies, and Christmas parties preparing our hearts for Christmas, I'm afraid they just may be panicking our hearts for Christmas. And our endless holiday "to-do lists" becomes the focus rather than the glorious birth of Jesus and the hope & peace to the world that He brought.

Over the next few weeks, we have prepared devotions to help calm your heart in a season that could stress your heart. We urge you to purposefully take a few moments each morning to sit quietly with Jesus. Make a cup of coffee, sit in the glow of your Christmas tree, and spend time with your Savior. We know your mind and your schedule will tempt you to think you cannot afford the time to do such a thing. But, trust us, you can't afford not to. We have dealt with this ourselves and have learned the importance of sitting still before Jesus and enjoying His presence. And we have learned just how important it is to sit still and calm our hearts when life requires we run like crazy.

The enemy of your soul wants you weary. He wants you distracted. He wants you frenzied.

So you'd miss it all.

All the wonder. All the glory. All the majesty. All the love that came down that first Christmas night.

So through the power of His Word, we are going to spend some time this Christmas season sitting still and feeling refreshed. And we think those sparkling lights will shine a little brighter, the cookie will taste a little sweeter, and the gatherings will mean a little more when they are experienced with a full heart that has rested with Jesus.

Join us over the next few weeks as we rest a bit before we run each day. Be still this Christmas. And may your heart be renewed as we celebrate the birth of our Savior...


Memorize this verse today:

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulder. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
~ Isaiah 9:6



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