Peace family, have you ever thought of Christmas cards as an opportunity to show love, reach out, and restore peace?
I know Christmas cards are a dying art, but when I was a child, one of my favorite things each year was the way that my mom would take all of the Christmas cards that we received and tape them up around the kitchen. It made things festive and bright! Cards are rarer these days, and I haven’t sent any out myself in many years, but I still love them. I’m always very touched when I get one.
Christmas cards might not mean much to some people, but they can mean a lot to others. They show you that you made it onto someone’s list, that they care about you and thought about you, and that they felt you were worth the time, effort, and cost of sending a card.
This year, I’ve been feeling a lot of compulsion to send out cards to the people I love, especially including relationships where I’ve dropped the ball, maybe lost touch a bit, or even been hurt. I also feel like it’s a great opportunity to share love with those who are most difficult to love at Christmas.
Do you know someone who is hateful? Despicable? Hurtful? On some level, he or she must be hurting, no matter how well they disguise it. Why not send them a Christmas card, telling them that they are valuable and God loves them, and then privately pray for them over the next several weeks? I’m doing that, and I’m excited about it!
In this season of joy and peace, let’s let our love of God flow generously out of our hearts and into others. You don’t have to sign your card, but that small act of love and kindness in a Christmas card might make a difference in someone’s life. You never know! You might not see a difference, but any act of compassion and kindness is never wasted.
Peace family, grieving can be especially painful during the holidays. Gary Roe, chaplain with Hospice Brazos Valley, is going to be checking in with us for the next several weeks, and he has some tips for healing and making it through the holidays.
Gary says that Christmas is a wonderful time, and a time of great celebration, but, if you’ve had a loved one die recently in the last couple of years, or if you’ve had someone die during the holidays, even years and years ago, this time of year can be very challenging. Added to that, everyone expects you to be in the holiday spirit, to be up-beat, smiling and happy.
The first key is telling yourself that if you are hurting, it’s okay to be where you are. it’s really okay to hurt. It’s okay to give yourself permission to hurt and to grieve. After all, God created us for relationships, so we don’t do separation very well. This time of year reminds us continually of who’s missing, and we really need to take that seriously.
If you’re grieving, another thing that you can do is ease off from expectations.
The holidays are notorious for big expectations. One of the things you can do to help yourself this holiday, is to manage your expectations. We all have expectations of ourselves, of others, and even of the world. Others have expectations of us, and the world has expectations of us. And on top of all of this, if you’re hurting and grieving, that can be a real challenge.
One thing to do, is to simply know, “No, I’m simply not going to be able to do as much this year.” Lower your expectations of yourself a little bit. Take yourself seriously. Try to let the expectations of other people go, and as much as possible, just focus on walking with Jesus this holiday season. In the Old Testament, when Isaiah describes Jesus as a “Man of Sorrows,” he is well-acquainted with grief. He knows and he feels your grief with you. Keep this is mind as well; you are not alone, and it’s not just that God is with you, which is the ultimate comfort, but there are others with you on this grief journey as well. The grief path is well-populated out there. Jesus knows all about your grief, and he walks with you in it.
You can find more details to help get through the holidays and get through them well by going to Gary Roe’s website, HERE, or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.garyroe.com/
Click below to listen to Gary chat with Peace 107’s Brian and Kat:
Peace family, “Boots & Bling” is the theme of the 2017 Still Creek fundraiser dinner, and there’s still time to RSVP!
This year, it’s a big shindig with a steak dinner catered by Texas Roadhouse, a live auction, and dancing to music from the Texas Unlimited Band.
Kids in the program will wait on tables, and the silent auction often includes items made by them.
Join in the fun on Friday, November 10th, from 6:30PM-11:00PM at the Brazos County Expo Center in Bryan.
There won’t be any horse work in the arena this year, but there will be a separate event later that focuses on the children’s ranch tricks.
To reserve your tickets, CLICK HERE, or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://www.stillcreekranch.org/boots.html
Click below to listen to Still Creek Ranch’s Chloe Bush chat with Peace 107’s Brian and Kat during the morning show.
Peace family, one of the amazing things about the internet is that we can communicate with people all across the world. However, sometimes we can still feel alone in our faith.
A friend of mine was in a country last week, where it is not safe to talk about Jesus, and almost impossible to find and purchase a Bible. If you live in a country like that, I just want to encourage you that you are not forgotten! You are not alone. There are people in other parts of the world who are praying for you. There are people who are trying to organize and get scripture to you, or even translate it so that you can read it in your own language. There are people recording audio versions, so that you can listen online. There are websites where you can find it, if they are not blocked. I know you already know this, but I wanted to encourage you that God is still God, whether or not you are supported in your country, and whether or not you are supported by your family!
The fact is, God is still God, whether we or our societies acknowledge it or not. Jesus’ ministry and sacrifice is still what saves us. His power is not diminished by our opinions of him. He is honored by your love for him. He sees how you feel, and he is with you in your heartaches and your struggles. He will not leave you as an orphan. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. You also have family all around the word. Your brothers and sister who also believe in Jesus are out here, even if you do not see any of us very often. We are not perfect, but we love God, we trust him, and we want to please him, just like you do.
Please, be encouraged today, and remember that you have family everywhere. You are not alone. I am looking forward to meeting you some day in Heaven! In the meantime, be encouraged. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Hang in there. You are going to make it!
Peace family, win a free birthday party from Peace 107 and Powersports!
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Peace family, when was the last time you’ve worked on a long-standing project that was well worth it?
I haven’t been able to talk about it on this blog or on the air, because it’s been a surprise, but for more than a year, I’ve been working on a quilt for a friend as a high-school-graduation/going-to-college gift. It’s finally finished, and when I gave it to my friend, she loved it!
Peace family, this was a hard, expensive, time-consuming project. It took months to find and collect the right fabric; every piece of fabric refers to a special memory from my friendship with my friend. I realized that my original pattern wouldn’t work with the fabric that I had, so I switched patterns and did a lot of math! Friends and acquaintances didn’t always understand the vision that I had for the quilt, and questioned my fabric choices. The second pattern that I used, I had to alter it for the size that I wanted. Then, it took weeks for me to cut out all of the fabric, and weeks to piece it together. There were also several other unforeseen obstacles, like the store running out of a specific kind of fabric I needed, which I then had to order off of the internet. I also had to rent a large, long-arm machine several times in order to do the quilting, and it wasn’t always available. Plus, during one of my sessions, a lightning storm knocked a tree over onto the store’s power-line, and cut off all of the electricity!
So, what am I saying with all of this? We all have ongoing, long-term projects in our lives, and other people don’t always see the value of them. Many of our projects are costly and involve sacrifices and discomfort. Some of our projects delight us most of the time, but frustrate or discourage us at other times. Don’t give up! So many large, difficult projects are so worth it!
What long-term projects are you working on right now? As one worker to another, I can tell you, “Eventually, it will get finished!” Enjoy it, be faithful, and keep up the good work, Peace family!
Peace family, do you ever feel isolated? Are you feeling alone right now?
I think we all feel isolated sometimes. We start to wonder why we bother sharing our hearts or troubles because no one seems to care. We start to feel like we don’t matter to anyone. We grow tired and bitter about super friendly people who tell us they’d love to have coffee or hang out, but then never respond to any of our multiple texts or calls.
Peace family, are you going through any of those things right now? Do any of them sound familiar?
Maybe you feel isolated in your family; maybe you have different values from them, and they look down on you.
Maybe you feel isolated at your job or school; it seems like everyone else is on the inside track, included in the jokes and activities, but you feel pushed to the outside.
Maybe you feel isolated at your church; everyone has their own problems so you don’t want to share yours, you feel like you don’t measure up in some way or look put-together enough, most people don’t notice when you’re missing, or they shut you out if you open up to share your pain and brokenness.
Maybe you feel isolated socially. Whether because of your work or school schedule, the season of life that you are in, your culture, or a problem or disability, you feel unable to connect with friends on a deep level, or possibly unable to connect on any level. Maybe you’re new to town and have had trouble meeting anyone.
If you feel any or all of these kinds of isolation, please, do not despair. You are not alone. Our God is a friend to the friendless, a father to the orphan, and a comforter to the widowed. God loves you, even if it’s hard to feel his love through other people right now. Don’t give up on reaching out or meeting people, even though it takes energy. If there aren’t people to talk with right now, talk to God. I am praying for you right now, Peace Family! Know that you’re not alone, and you are loved!
Peace family, do you ever find yourself running ahead of God? My cats recently reminded me how important it is to watch out for this!
Over the weekend, my cats had informed me that they were hungry, and I was carrying one, but the other two scrambled and ran ahead to their food dish. Even the cat in my arms seemed concerned that she would be last to the food dish. I thought about how silly it was of them to panic and rush ahead. There wouldn’t be any food in the dish until I’m there to serve it anyway, so they might as well wait for me!
Peace family, don’t we do that in our lives? Sometimes, we lay aside our convictions and try to get what we think we need. We worry about being left behind by everyone else. We rush ahead because we are afraid of missing out on a blessing, but the fact is, there isn’t going to be a blessing unless God is there.
Let’s rest in the peace that we can have today, knowing that the only real blessings we need, are ones that include God. He understands that we are just little people, made from dust, and yet He loves us and extends grace to us. We can trust his wisdom, and his goodness, and rest assured that he will take care of us.
Peace family, I want to share some small joys in my life! Where are you finding delight these days?
Lately, I’ve been finishing up a very large quilting project. I’ve had a lot of fun this year, experimenting with an instant pot, and also with a bread machine. Also, it’s taken work, but I’ve gotten so much joy out of training my cats to do tricks. I’ve started work on sewing a traditional dress that has a funny trim I’m learning how to make by hand. Meanwhile, there are so many things to look forward to in fall: football, knitting, candy apples, gathering pecans, the Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo, going to Homecoming at my high school, out-of-state family coming down to Texas for Thanksgiving, game nights with friends and apple cider, cookie exchanges, and fall gardening (including roses blooming)!
Are any of these things very important? Not really, but they are definitely blessings that God has put in my life, and which I am thankful for!
What small joys do you have in your life? I think we honor God just by being thankful and recognizing and remembering all of the ways that he has blessed us! Take delight in your small joys today. Make a list of what you are thankful for, and be encouraged!