1. 7 Steps to Christmas Peace

    December 10, 2012 by Paul Chappell

    It’s strange that the very time of year we celebrate “peace on earth” is one of the most frazzled and hectic.

    But Christmastime or not, many of us grind through our days with a heart empty of peace. The world is filled with overload of all kinds. But God’s children have been offered the peace that passes understanding.

    How do we live in peace?

    1. Remember prayer and meditation.

    It’s amazing to me how many people—good Christian people—ask for pastoral counsel without first having spent one minute in prayer about the situation. Literally.

    Suggesting that you remember to pray about whatever disturbs your peace may seem elementary, but if we’re honest, I think we’d acknowledge that it’s not always our first response. More often, it’s our last resort.

    There is no substitute for spending quiet, focused time with the Lord in prayer—bringing our needs to Him, claiming His promises, and allowing His truths to grip our souls. (more…)