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Overwhelming Peace – Thursday, December 14 Devotional

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There is nothing that compares to the abundant peace that comes from God. Death is mysterious and scary for many who have no idea where you go after your last breath. Do the lights just turn off and you cease to exist? Is there a soul within that goes somewhere after the body has failed? 

I have seen death very closely this past year and because of my gracious Father and hope in His promise, I was given peace. Two of my grandparents that are dear to me passed away within seven months of each other. I have dreaded their going since I was a little girl. I did not know how I would be able to endure it and that is when Jesus stepped in. While losing them is one of the hardest things I have gone through, I know that Jesus has wrapped them in His arms and has carried them home. 

It’s confusing to feel such loss, and yet such peace of heart at the same time. While I miss their company terribly, I feel overwhelming peace to know that my grandparents have finished their race and now rest with our Father above. Their suffering is over and He has fulfilled His promise to them. I witnessed God’s peace in my tired grandmother’s eyes as she would say, even through her suffering, “I love Jesus. Jesus is all I have.” I saw His comfort while my hurting mother laid her parents to rest. There is nothing that could replace the healing, fortifying, and comforting presence of God’s peace!

by Allison K.


Morning Reflection

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”

“Hark”: to pay close attention, listen (Merriam Webster). Hark—pay close attention—to the message of Christmas. Born is the King, the Prince of Peace. Pay close attention—in his mercy, God reconciled sinners to Himself. This morning think of someone who is suffering a loss. Ask our God of love to comfort them and give them peace.

Mid-Day Reflection

Hail the heav’nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris’n with healing in His wings.

Is there someone in your day who needs a touch from the Prince of Peace? Direction from Him who brings Light and Life? Healing? In prayer, silently hold them up before God. 

Nightly ReflectioN

Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

As you fall asleep, invite Him to minister to you during the night speaking into your soul the truth of your second birth and that Christ was born that man no more may die.


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Nature's Praise Song – Wednesday, December 13 Devotional

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"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1 (NIV)


The Bible says that nature proclaims the work of God’s hands. I like to think that nature sings a song of praise to God for all who appreciate the wonder and beauty of it. It can bring peace to the soul and even plant a seed of faith in those who don’t know Jesus yet. This is how God sang to Fusayo Okawa as she grew up in Japan:

I always thought that there was “peace” in the realm of nature. There was a time when I felt that the ocean was a very special place for me. Whenever I felt a little down or just wanted to be alone, I went to see the ocean. Watching waves coming and going away endlessly was soothing to me.

One day, there was a different view – I saw horses walking along the beach with a splash and people riding on those horses. They were slowly walking right by the water feeling sea breeze and beautiful sunlight. While sitting on the hills of sandy beach, I shifted my eyes far-off to the ocean and there was the beauty of nature expanded immeasurably. That was when I realized that I was so small compared to this tremendous creation of nature.

 Later, I came to know that it was God who created this beautiful nature. He also made me, has protected me and loves me. And that was the moment when I first took a step to seek more “peace from God.”

by Fusayo O.


Morning Reflection

“The sea that he made belongs to him, along with the dry land that his hands formed. Come! Let us worship and bow down; let us kneel in the presence of the Lord, who made us. For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, and the flock in his care.” Psalm 95:5-7

Imagine waves of peace being sent to you from the Lord for your enjoyment.

Mid-Day Reflection

O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels!

Have you been able to go through your morning in God’s peace? Take a moment to close your eyes and fix your thoughts on Him. Come to Him, Behold Him.

Nightly ReflectioN

O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Reflecting on our day, specifically, how have you let Christ be Lord? Worship and adore Christ the Lord. Fall off to sleep in His peace.


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Love Reaches Down – Tuesday, December 12 Devotional

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He stood before me with outstretched arms lifted high. He had just entered the playground and with single purpose made a beeline straight to the spot where I was standing. My heart melted and I reached down and picked him up. He was hot to the touch with sickness and needed the comfort that only soothing arms could bring. This precious child of God lives at the “Home of Hope” in India. People who have been abandoned by others are found in the streets and brought to this place. The reasons are many: illness, disabilities or lack of money to care for them by parents or relatives. They are abandoned by the world but not by God. 

As I held him and rocked him for the next blissful hour I felt such joy and comfort and he slept peacefully. What a blessing.

by Susan W.


Morning Reflection

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)

“This Christmas season do you need God's touch today? His loving arms are there waiting for you. Like this little child, lift your arms in surrender to Him and seek His comfort. He promised when we seek Him we will find Him. If you are overflowing with God's love, find someone that needs a loving word or touch and go be a light in the world. You will be blessed beyond your imagination.” –Susan W.

Mid-Day Reflection

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Consider the touch from God the shepherds in the field received. Wow! They couldn’t miss it! We, on the other hand have…Yes, our lives are impacted by the fact that Christ the Savior is born…have you been able to rest, rejoice, or share His love with anyone thus far today?

Nightly ReflectioN

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Consider the mother and Christ child. Imagine the silence, the holy hush of a night when He was laid down to sleep. Spend a moment with your eyes closed resting in His heavenly peace.


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