December Reflections has me joining Share Four Somethings in 2022. Share Four Somethings has four categories for reflection: something loved, something gleaned, something braved, and something achieved.
Reflecting on God’s faithfulness throughout the year has me prayerfully embracing the coming year. The Lord has been good to us in 2022, and I trust in His faithfulness as I glance forward to 2023.
December Reflections – Something Loved
December had my son getting married in Central Texas. He had a lovely wedding in a little stone chapel. The wedding couple did wedding pictures in an outdoor garden and the weather was amazingly gorgeous for December. We were so thankful!
It was beautiful to see my son and his new wife loved by both families and celebrated by friends. The birth of a new couple is an amazing event to behold as the Lord makes two individuals one before Him.
“Lord bless this beautiful couple with love and hope we pray. Keep alive forevermore the vows they’ve pledged today. May you bless their dreams and visions, and keep them always safe. May peace and joy be with them now. On this their wedding day.” –Wedding Blessing
December Reflections – Something Gleaned
Cultivating peace and living in heart contentment has been a priority of mine. Our family has recently been traveling and gathering every two weeks: dear friend’s funeral, daughter’s wedding, Thanksgiving, son’s wedding, then Christmas. I’m thankful the Prince of Peace gently leads us in His peace!
My something gleaned? We can live in a continual state of peace because of the Prince of Peace. We can actively and intentionally cultivate peace. We can refuse stress, chaos, and turmoil.
No matter what our circumstances are in the moment, we choose our inner state. We can choose to surrender, trust, and follow His gentle leading or we can be tossed to and fro in a world of chaos. I’m so thankful we have a choice!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:4-9 NASB
No matter what your choices have been in the past, may you be encouraged to cultivate a heart of peace moving forward. You’ll be so glad you did!
December Reflections – Something Braved
We had several family members with health issues this year. Though it is an ongoing journey, there is a sense of relief that we made it through the year. There is vagueness for privacy, but the testimony is strong and true.
“For the Lord your God is the One who is going with you. He will not desert you or abandon you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:6 NASB
December Reflections – Something Achieved
I finished writing a Bible study which brings a release from the intensity that writing a book brings. There’s still the collaboration for the book cover and all the little details needed to actually publish and release it, but it feels good to have “finished” the writing and editing stage.
The Lord Bless You
I pray you and your family have a blessed week as you finish December 2022, and journey in the grace of the Lord into 2023.
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” ~Ephesians 1:2-3 WEB
May you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Riggleman, Heather. 31 Beautiful Christian Marriage Quotes to Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Spouse. Published by Crosswalk on June 29, 2021. Retrieved December 16, 2022, from 31 Beautiful Christian Marriage Quotes – Strengthen Your Marriage (crosswalk.com)
New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB 1995), copyright 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.
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