Peace on Earth Challenge
Courtney over at Women Living Well is hosting a Christmas Challenge called Peace on Earth. Basically the challenge is to get us to focus more on Jesus and not let our lives be so over come by all the things that we "have" to do before Christmas.
So many people love Christmas time for all of the wrong reasons. Like: how many presents they are going to get, how many places they get to go, the lights, the tree, and let's not forget the food. Don't get me wrong, all of these things are nice, but where is Jesus at in all of this? If you ask any kid what Christmas is all about, they are going to say "Santa!"
NOPE! That's just not right. We celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas, not a big Jolly Guy bringing presents. Under the leadership of my wonderful husband we have gone through all of our decorations and eliminated the Jolly Guy! In fact if we had kids, they wouldn't be told about him. They would be told the birth of Jesus and why it is celebrated.
The first challenge from Courtney is to write at the top of the December calender:
I Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."
He does care for each one of us! Even though he already knows what our anxieties are, He wants to know what is bothering us from our own hearts! Talk to God about your problems. Talk to God about you fears, hurts, and tears! But also praise God! Many people forget to do this. They go through the lists of needs that they have and forget to utter a single praise to God. Psalm 150:6 says, "Let everything that have breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!"
The other part of her challenge is to light a candle every morning in your kitchen. And each time the candle catches your eye to say a prayer for peace in your home. There should be a lot of talking to God going on!
I personally love the idea of this challenge!
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!
So lets put Him back where He belongs!