Peace family, wearing a Peace 107 “I Say Merry Christmas” bracelet is a great way to spread Christmas cheer and let others you know you say Merry Christmas! But most importantly, it’ll help keep Christ in Christmas.
Special thank you this year to Celebrity Spa & Salon of College Station and the Atkinson family!
Here are the locations you can get your FREE Peace 107 “I Say Merry Christmas” bracelet:
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2470 Earl Rudder Fwy. S, College Station.
Charles & Sue’s School of Hair Design: “Look good. Feel good.”
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Chick-Fil-A Bryan: “Eat more Chicken.”
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Copy Stop Print & Graphics: “Your Digital Graphics Pros.”
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Keys & Walsh Construction: “From conception to completion.”
1645 Greens Prairie Rd W Suite 303, College Station.
Merry Maids: “A clean home is a happy home.”
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Pie in the Sky College Station: “What’s your Pie in the Sky.”
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Zwernemann Flooring: “Providing fine flooring, back-splashes and showers throughout the Brazos Valley.”
2702 Wildflower Dr., Bryan.
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Peace family, because of your generous support we raised well over $5000, and filled our station vehicles 3 times with the items you donated!!
A few years ago I got a notice in the mail from the IRS that instantly sent me into a panic!! What it told me threatened the plans that have been formulating for months. These have not just been MY plans alone. God has been so obvious in His leading… and yet a little piece of paper could yank me off of my Heavenly Father’s lap and make me afraid. DOH!!
Not sure how YOU handle fear or stress, but I eat! My number one “go to” comfort food is potato chips! Mmmmm… salty, crunchy… *stop drooling, Ann*. In the absence of potato chips, however, I will accept almost anything else. When that piece of mail came I did not have potato chips handy, but I did have the next best thing… Sweetarts! So, as I was on the phone… on hold… waiting… and waiting… listening to some canned midi music… I ripped into a package of Sweetarts! I crunched up those yummy, sour disks like they were going to save my life!! After an hour and a half of waiting and then talking with the nice IRS gentleman (who was able to get to the bottom of the problem and come up with a temporary solution)… I had almost finished two “magic wands of tart goodness”!! Of course, I regretted devouring that much candy!
I hung up the phone and sat in a puddle of worry about finances; stress about what to do next; and guilt about eating all those Sweetarts. Worry! Stress! Guilt! Each of those emotions is deeply rooted in fear!! It took me hours… no days… to realize I had let fear in and it was crippling. Fear was covering up, actually STEALing, the wonderful things… joy, hope, peace… that are meant to be mine… meant to be ours in Christ.
A few years before this, I watched a video devotional by Mike Donehey (Tenth Avenue North) called Fear is Just a Lie. It started to change the way I looked at things that came into my life. I truly believe that fear happens when I believe a lie. When I dissect my fears, they ALL come from a misguided belief that Jesus may not really have my back. Do I believe Jesus’ promises or not? Is there ANYTHING that can happen that could possibly be so terrible that it would destroy me?! Of course not! That’s what Romans 8:38-39 is all about!!
I wish my memory worked perfectly and I could always keep in mind the things Jesus has taught me – at the moment I need to remember them! But there I was… sitting in that emotional puddle (the day before Thanksgiving, ironically)… believing lies straight from the enemy! I slowly began to emerge from the puddle (with the help of sweet friends), but even days later I could feel the drips of worry, stress and guilt still clinging to me. That’s when I found the last bits of the second package of Sweetarts. I could almost HEAR God say (with a little chuckle in His voice)… “whose comfort do you really want? Mine or Sweetarts?” I snapped that picture of the wrapper and chuckled a bit myself. Shortly after that, No Thief Life Fear by Jason Gray played in my music mix. What a perfect way to remind me of truth and emphasize Jesus’ promises of freedom and peace.
I kept that silly piece of curled up wrapper hanging at my desk for a couple of years as a reminder of His promises to be everything to me. Jesus is SO much more than Sweetarts! …or even potato chips!!!
In His Lap,
I was recently diagnosed with ESS. It’s a fairly common malady, as far as syndromes go. In my case, it started fairly early in life and it developed in my 20s, 30s, 40s and peaked at about 50. Though the syndrome can be crippling, it is rarely life-threatening.
What “illness” am I talking about? ESS is Emotional Suppression Syndrome! The symptoms aren’t always easy to spot, but once I realized there was something amiss I started to recognize the most common symptoms of ESS:
I can laugh about it now. But for most of my life, I was under the impression that my emotions were at least an annoyance, if not a curse! I am not going to blame the influences that led me to hold my emotions in. My highs and lows would logically make some people uncomfortable. And some of those people were very vocal about that discomfort. And instead of observing and acknowledging their discomfort and moving on… I would apologize and try to squelch my emotions. I learned to suppress something that was innate to my very being! I even despised my depth of emotions. In essence, it was part of the foundation of my insecurity. It was part of being insecure in my place in the family of Jesus too! I guess I figured I wasn’t being controlled by the Holy Spirit. And, of course, that heaped more guilt into that cart of burdens I pushed around for years.
So, what brought the diagnosis?! Why did it take so long to come to light? It took a really hard weekend. My favorite Physician was available instantly, of course. And assisting Him was a certain “nurse” that often helps when I’m in need of consultation. I’m so thankful for a daughter that knows just what to say to remind me of truths that Jesus has been trying to teach me!
Jesus has been doing such a work in me in the past decade… but especially in the past 5 years. I have become much more comfortable with my emotions and have realized I spent the last 30 years stuffing. Stuffing my feelings and emotions. I felt guilty about expressing my feelings. I felt shame at the depth of my emotions!
I know that emotions can take control of situations and decisions. But that’s where Jesus comes in. As I become comfortable with the fact that God made me an emotional being, I can drop the guilt regarding those emotions and take them to Him. I know that He can use those emotions in healthy ways.
I’m not completely cured yet. There aren’t really any remedies that you can take for ESS. And I expect there will be some lingering symptoms… guilt and fear. But Jesus is doing an awesome job of curing me of those, I’ll let Him take care of my emotions too. After all, He is my creator, my protector, my provider, my shepherd… John 10:9-10 (AMP) I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
If you’re walking down the street and see someone uproariously laughing one minute then bawling over a kitten picture the next… yeah, that’s me. Don’t feel ashamed if you want to sit down next to me and laugh and weep as well. We’ll enjoy the good laugh, the good cry, share a box of tissues, look at each other and nod… knowing that it is good to feel LIFE so deeply, so abundantly!!
Hi Peace Family, Jami Mayberry here and I have been thinking a lot about waves lately. My father passed away in 2018 so this has been a rough time of adjustment and grief for me. I have learned that grief comes in waves. At first it is constant. And then slowly it begins to come in waves.
It’s funny how a little, simple thing can trigger it. I was grocery shopping this week and walked down the cereal aisle. My eyes landed on my dad’s favorite cereal and I teared up right there in the middle of the aisle at Kroger. It brought on a wave of deep missing him. Friends tell me this is very common but I was taken aback by it.
Author C.S. Lewis said that part of loving is the missing them when they are gone. It’s the price we pay for loving. That seems about right to me. To love is to be open and vulnerable to hurt. It happens to all of us. Whether by death or estrangement, loss is universal. I want to encourage you today that God is there in those moments and waves of missing someone.
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Matthew 5:4 reads, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” These verses have given me so much comfort during this season and I hope they will comfort you too. And also remember, sometimes you’ll hear just the right song at the right time and it is like a balm to your soul. That’s where listening to Peace 107 can help too! Don’t hesitate to embrace uplifting and encouraging music at these times. We are here for you, Peace Family.
With the new year comes a time to reset your priorities Peace Family!
Do you read God’s Word everyday or every week? If you’re ever wondering about God’s direction for your life or just need to hear his voice in a situation, the source is his Word. It’s like going right to the source of the spring when you need water. I understand why it’s likened to living water.
If you don’t have a Bible get one. It can even be your preference to have a physical copy or download one online or on your phone. Or do all three! 🙂
Get alone with God and open His Word. It’s a life changer!
Right about now you are in the afterglow of Christmas and looking forward to a brand new year with 2019. One thing I am grateful for: LEFTOVERS! I am a big believer in the fact that many foods actually taste BETTER the second or third day. Somehow the salads marinate a little bit more and the desserts settle into their sweetness in a delicious way.
Don’t knock leftovers…it means you had the means and the time and someone took the TIME to make your holiday special. What an amazing thing in these times. A recent survey predicted that as the Baby Boomers age, we will have a whole section of society called Elderly Orphans. They are folks without immediate family to take care of them in their older years. It happens more and more and it made me so grateful and aware of the people in my life that love me and want to share the holidays together.
One thing I did was make lifelong friends that became my handpicked family. Yes I have a family, but those friends that choose to be around are an added blessing.
So if you see someone without leftovers this year share some of yours with them. There is nothing like homemade food to warm a heart and fill a tummy and let others know they are valued and loved. Peace Family, be a conduit of that love. Be Jesus to others.
Peace family, are we letting our lives reflect the truth and love that God values? Sometimes, humor can be a tricky area.
A friend and I recently shared some frustrations about an atmosphere of sarcastic, mocking humor in a certain circle of our mutual friends.
As a society, we tend to laugh when people do stupid things that injure or punish them for their stupid actions. Sometimes, we even laugh at people who don’t know God and are therefore upset or crying over things that are not valuable because their perspective is off. Spend a few minutes on Youtube, or google the Darwin awards, and you will see that this is true!
However, as believers in Christ, we should never take joy and pleasure from the misery, the pain, or the foolishness of the lost. That is absolutely not the heart of God. God hates death. He hates cruelty. He hates false perspective and the belief of lies. He hates pain and misery.
Before we share something with others, whether in person or on social media, let’s be disciplined to ask ourselves: Is it kind? Is it truthful? I’m not saying that we should cut all silliness out of our lives, but keeping love and truth in our humor is important to consider.
The Bible says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8) Let’s allow God and his truth to purify the way that we experience and describe the world.
Let’s reflect the truth and love of God in our lives in everything, even in where we find our humor.
Peace family, do you struggle with worrying as much as I do?
One of my friends recently posted this on her Facebook status: “Every time you’re tempted to worry, turn it around. Thank God that he’s taking care of that situation.” It really encouraged me, and I hope it will encourage you, too!
This was a great reminder to me that even when I don’t see God moving, working or healing, he is there, doing good things. Even if the way that he takes care of something isn’t the way that I think it should be taken care of, I can still trust him that he is good, that he has a good plan, and that he knows better than I do.
What are the things that we usually worry about? Problems that have happened, the unknown in the future, bad possibilities, and more.
Peace family, we must remember that what God has done for us is more powerful than anything that anyone (including ourselves) has done against us.
We don’t have to be held back by lies or sin that we have done, or that have been spoken over or done to us. Our destiny is not defined by our failures, or by the ways that we have been harmed. We do not need to worry.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” However, I can often end up worrying even in the middle of my prayers. I am learning how to not just thank him for all of the things that I’m thankful for, but to specifically thank him that he is working where I don’t see it. It is better for me to remember that I can thank him, and choose to believe that he is moving, and that he is more powerful and wise than I sometimes give him credit of being.
If you find that you are worrying today, take some time to thank God for who he is and what he has done. Thank him for what he is doing right now, even what you cannot see, and for what he will do! You can trust that he is taking care of your situation.
Peace Family, have you ever felt like all that you truly had left, was God?
After flying back to Texas from Germany on July 25th, I was pretty dizzy. I thought I was just extremely tired, but the dizziness didn’t go away, and in fact, it progressively got worse. It was so bad by last week, that I spent the weekend almost continually in my bed, drifting in and out of sleep. I was so dizzy that I almost couldn’t do anything but lie down with my eyes closed, and even then, I still felt like my eyeballs were spinning around inside of my head. I was not in any pain, but I was completely emotionally drained, I was physically incapacitated, and I was so dizzy that I had a difficult time stringing thoughts together. All that was left was the presence of God, and the darkness behind my eyelids.
Have you ever reached such a debilitating state?
After three days of almost complete helplessness, a friend drove me to my doctor, where I got some medication and learned that my inner ear, behind my eardrum, was full of fluid. By that evening, I started to feel a little better, but the whole experience was pretty strange. The fact that I got broken down to my core, helped me to gain some perspective that I hadn’t had before for some difficult situations that I had been struggling with.
Peace family, it’s funny sometimes how God chooses to answer our prayers. After feeling a little better, I remembered the Bible verse that says that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28), and I recalled that right before I got so ill, I was passionately praying (pleading, really) that God would give me more direction for my life. I realized that maybe him allowing me to become so debilitated, was his way of giving me more direction. That’s not my preferred way of getting direction, but it worked.
Are there any areas where you are suffering right now? Are there any areas that are bad, that God might be redeeming and using for good? I want to encourage you to remember that God is with you in your darkness, even the most desolate darkness, even if no one else is, and I also want to encourage you to look for him and how he is working. When things are very bleak, and you are right in the middle of things, it can sometimes be impossible to see him. Just keep holding on. My prayer for you today, is that God would bring you through, and show you, even if it’s afterwards, the ways that He stood by you, and continues to stand with you.
Peace Family, what does God owe us?
A good friend was recently talking with me about the Bible’s teachings regarding a specific sin. She said that kosher laws were practical for their time period, because God was protecting his people through the restrictions (for example, the prohibition of eating pork, which would have been difficult to cook correctly to remove parasites at that time period, would have kept the Israelites healthy) but on the other hand, she argued that the specific sin she was addressing doesn’t harm anyone, including the person committing the sin. Because she does not see a practical reason for God to forbid it, she judges that it could not be a sin, that we are misreading the Bible, that when God forbade it several times in the Bible, it could not really be applicable because other rules are not applicable (such as kosher law), and he was not as explicit as she feels that he should have been.
Peace family, do you ever struggle with these kinds of issues? Why does God just want to ruin our happiness or make us miss out on good things? Because he is good, shouldn’t he want us to do whatever we think will make us happy? Does God have the right to give us rules for which we don’t see any practical reasons?
Peace family, those beliefs show a false perspective of God, his character, and what goodness truly is. Likewise, as far as rules go, I have found that pretty much all of God’s rules are designed to draw us closer to him, or to protect us from something bad. Peace family, this is what it boils down to: does God owe us an explanation? Absolutely not! He’s God, and we are not.
I always prefer an explanation, and I prefer to see reasons why I might have to suffer or experience pain, but with some things in life, we will never get an explanation. Everyone has painful things in their lives that they don’t understand. We have to be able to trust in the goodness of God, and his love and care for us, despite how things look or feel. If I wake up tomorrow, and I had a stroke or an aneurysm during the night that leaves me paralyzed for the rest of my life, I won’t enjoy it, but God is still God. He created the universe, and he owes me no explanation.
What does God owe us? Nothing.
Some of these are hard to swallow, but they are still true: God does not owe us financial stability. He does not owe us an easy life. He does not owe us a faithful spouse, even if we have kept ourselves pure. He does not owe us Christian children, even if we did our best to raise them in a way that honors him. He does not owe us a good relationship with our parents, siblings, or other family members. He does not owe us good health, or healthiness in our families. He does not owe us children at all, or for us to have long lives. He does not owe us an enthralling, emotional spiritual experience, or to really experience falling in love.
God does love to bless us, but he doesn’t owe us any of these things. Is there anything that you have been believing (even if unintentionally,) that God owes you?
Peace family, let’s not become ungrateful and distrustful of God. It is the devil who tells us that God owes us something, including answers, when in fact, we owe God everything. He has given us every good thing, and we can thank him for it. We owe him our loyalty, our trust, our thankfulness, our praise, our love, our obedience, our finances, our talents, our futures, and more. How often do we really give him all that he deserves?
Let’s you and me both examine our hearts today, allow them to be softened, and consider what areas and questions we need to hand over to God. As we approach Easter, let’s really think about all that our amazing God has really done for us.
Hi Peace Family, Jami here and I was recently reading about how the root of many of our resentments and unhappiness stems from unmet expectations. “Expectations are just premeditated resentment.” Boy…does that hit home! I am a focused, goal oriented person with a bit of perfectionism thrown in. That combination can make for unrealistic expectations from yourself and others.
I realized I was putting pressure on myself to meet certain standards that no one else was requiring of me. Family and friends reminded me that they weren’t expecting me to be perfect…I was doing that to myself. What a burden to put on someone, especially YOURSELF! I am here to tell you today just don’t do it. It will lead you to be disappointed in yourself and others too.
There is a book called “Unhitching From The Crazy Train: Finding Rest In A World You Can’t Control” by Christian author/Counselor Julie Sparkman. In it she explains how we all have a picture of how life should go. The dream job. Close Friendships. Loving, grateful children. A perfect marriage. But life doesn’t go according to our plan. So we corral and control—determined to make our picture come true. But when that dream job isn’t fulfilling, when our friends disappoint us, when our perfect babies turn into teenagers with minds of their own, when our marriage is far from perfect, what do we do? I am learning to let go of unintentional efforts to corral and control people and circumstances and replace them with God’s bigger picture. Replacing unmet expectations with a deep, soulful rest that only Jesus can bring.
That kind of deep rest is dependent on the finished work of a Savior who will never leave us alone. As we experience him more in everyday life we learn how to trust him for the rest he promises. So I am attempting to jump off the crazy train of stress and unmet, unrealistic expectations. The kindest thing we can do for ourselves is to give ourselves a break. You don’t have to be perfect and neither does anyone else in your life. We are human and all struggling to let go. God’s grace is the sweetest sound I know. So embrace it and extend it to yourself. And you (and everyone else around you!) will be a lot happier.
Peace family, there are so many things that make this time of year special, including Christmas books. What are your favorite Christmas books and stories?
A friend and I were recently discussing the kinds of stories that were read to us around Christmastime as children, and it reminded me of some stories that I haven’t remembered in years, such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I remember the excitement and delight I had whenever my teacher would read that book to us, but I don’t even remember which teacher it was, or what grade I was in. It’s funny and interesting, with real heart, and I hope to read it to my own kids some day. My sister-in-law’s family always reads ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve. Of course, many families also read through Luke’s telling of the Christmas story on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
I love books in general, and naturally, I love Christmas books, too. I use them for decorating, and I look forward to pulling out my Christmas books each year. They are like old friends!
Besides reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, I’m also reading an advent devotional that I bought at First Baptist Bryan called A Christmas Letter From Paul, and The Case For Christmas, by Lee Strobel. If I finish those, I will pull out A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens! Other favorites include Coming Home For Christmas from Gooseberry Patch, The Jolly Christmas Postman, and several Christmas-specific cookbooks that I love to leaf through every year.
Peace family, Christmas is a season of joy and celebration, and so many stories reflect that. Many stories also are very clear about remembering that Jesus is the reason we celebrate. My favorite Christmas stories encourage me to be a more faithful, more loving, and more joyful person. Does your family have any favorite Christmas books? If you’d like to start a new tradition, here is a list of some of my favorite Christmas books. Happy reading!
The Essential Christmas Book by Alan MacDonald and Janet Stickley (Faith-focused and great for kids, it offers an explanation of many Christmas traditions around the world. It also has some recipes and kid-friendly craft ideas.)
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan and Janet Ahlberg (Great for kindergarten and first-grade children- a postman delivers Christmas letters to characters from fairy tales, and you get to read the mail!)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (One of my favorites of all time- my guess is that this is a 3rd grade or so reading level. A church Christmas pageant is radically transformed when the worst kids in town, who’ve never heard the Christmas story, show up and want to be a part of it.)
Coming Home For Christmas by Gooseberry Patch (One of my absolute favorite books, it is full of recipes, craft and gift ideas, and different contributors’ most heart-warming memories and stories from their favorite Christmases.)
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Treasury by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (A collection of heart-warming, and sometimes tear-jerking, stories. Some of the stories might be too long for some children’s attention spans; this book is probably more encouraging for grown-ups.)
Silent Night: The Stories behind 40 Beloved Christmas Carols by Inc. Barbour Publishing (This short book shares the history behind many favorite Christmas songs.)
52 Little Lessons From It’s a Wonderful Life by Bob Welch (Encouragement and thoughts based off of parts of the famous movie.)
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (The classic story that encourages us to love others and keep the attitude of Christmas in our hearts.)