December Reflections 2022

December Reflections

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.

Something Loved
Something Loved

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

Something Gleaned - Cultivate Peace
Something Gleaned – Cultivate Peace

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!

Something Braved
Something Braved

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

Something Achieved
Something Achieved

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.

Bless
The Lord Bless You

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!

Recommendations:

November Notes – Strength with Dignity

October Observations – Strength with Dignity

References:

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.

World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

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I’m linking up with the Share Four Somethings community through the linkup found here: HeatherGerwing.com #sharefoursomethings

 

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10 thoughts on “December Reflections 2022”

  1. Lisa, such an amazing month and year for you! Congratulations on your son’s wedding and finishing your devotional!!! Rejoicing with you! Truly sorry to hear of multiple health issues, losses and challenges, but praising God you found His peace in the midst. Here’s to another year of faithful fellowship in the Lord!

  2. Congratulations on gaining a daughter-in-law! Such a gift. That’s wonderful that you have your Bible study written. May God bless your time as you finish editing and taking care of the remaining details. And yes, just making it through to the end of this year does indeed feel like something braved. Here we are. Thank you, Lord, for your mercy.

    1. So true, Lisa, making it to the end of 2022 feels like a huge accomplishment! We’re thankful for a beautiful wedding and our new DIL! Thanks for rejoicing with me on the Bible study.

  3. Wow! You have certainly had a busy season!
    Congratulations on finishing the bible study. May the next stage go well.
    I’m in total agreement we choose our inner state. I want to actively pusue the Prince of Peace and not dwell on the chaos as I have so often done.
    God bless you in 2023, Lisa! You have been a blessing.

    1. So true, Jerralea, we choose our inner state of being, and I’m so glad we can choose peace. Thank you for rejoicing with me on the Bible study. May God bless in you 2023, Jerralea! I appreciate you!

  4. Well done on completing your Bible study! I’m sorry you’ve had so many challenges with illness and loss but I’m glad you have known God’s peace in the midst of it. I hope you had a lovely Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Lesley! Overall, it has been a good year for us, and the Lord has been faithful to give us grace for the challenges. Happy New Year!

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