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December 2014

prepare {bible verses that bring peace during the Christmas season}

 

Christmas is finally here! usually the week after Christmas i start to wonder how i’m ever going to survive a whole year of waiting. but it always rolls around so fast, and then i worry that i won’t have time to get done what i need to or have time to just relax and focus on what this time is really about.

how do you fix that? preparing for Christmas is challenging because there seems to be so much to do. buying gifts, decorating, finishing up school, and so much more, always ending up stressed and not in control of your emotions and ability to just relax in Him.

how does God ask us to prepare? how can we be looking forward to His coming and not get too caught up in the rush of the few weeks before? here are some verses to help you when you start to feel uneasy and not centered in Him.

 

Psalm 119:165

“Great peace have those that love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”

God’s word tells us that when we have peace, nothing can cause us to stumble. be still in him!

 

Isaiah 26:3

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

when we trust in him, we will have peace! when you start to get caught up in the rush of preparing for Christmas, instead, prepare your heart to celebrate Jesus’ coming. remember He’s the one we’re get our peace from; run to him.

 

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

“I will give you rest.” He says. To me, nothing is more comforting. it draws me right to Him and quiets me.

 

one of my favorites during this Christmas season especially, is Romans 8:5.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”

it can be especially easy to slip into living according to the flesh, ignoring the purpose we are here. set your heart to do your work in the mindset of furthering His Kindgdom, no matter what.

 

finally, Psalm 62:8

“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge”.

God asks us to pour out our hearts to Him and to trust Him.

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do you have any favorite bible verses that give you peace and help you to focus? I’d love to hear them!

~a-girl with a camera

settling in {a big move}

whew! it’s been so long since i’ve written and because of that, some of you might not know that in that time, i’ve moved all the way from Florida to New Jersey! And although we still live just a few steps from the beach (actually we’re even closer than before!), you wouldn’t believe what a dramatic change it’s been for my family and i. and that’s part of the reason i haven’t written, the other part being that i’m stubborn and really just not in the mood to write!

But with much persuasion from mom, here i am, and hopefully i will get myself back at it again! : )

so, NEW JERSEY! no humidity, always a breeze, cautious but friendly people (for the most part ;) ), beautiful parks, fall leaves (oh the fall leaves!!)…these are just a few of the wonderful things about New Jersey. But as i expected, moving to New Jersey, and moving in general, comes with some hardships and difficulties. many difficulties, actually.

i tried very hard to prepare myself for moving. i think it’s impossible to do. actually, I thought it was possible for the first few months… but now it’s hitting me. how in the world am i going to do this? i mean pretty much, ‘my life was ripped from my hands’, right? no… that’s what i’d like to think. i’m still alive! actually, i have the ultimate gift eternal life!

you know how i said that i haven’t been writing because of this tough move? Well i thought i wasn’t writing. but i just found one (of many i should say) of my journals. and it proves much differently. the reason i’ve been ok for the past three months is because i have been writing! i’ve been talking to the Lord and working through this move in my bible and journal up until now!

now I don’t think journaling and reading my bible is going to take away all my ‘problems’… but i know that it will help me through them and comfort me when i’m missing my friends, missing my home, missing sports or simply wanting things back that were familiar to me. by knowing that where i am has to be better for me or i wouldn’t be here, i have the confidence to keep moving, and the trust that whatever i go through, Jesus is right with me holding me up when i need it.

in my journal a couple months ago i was reading in Romans and wrote down Romans 8:37-39. “No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus!

 

it’s so important to journal. do you have an experience like this when you were able to work through it by running to Jesus? please share, I’d love to hear it  : ).