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  • Writer's picturePeggianne Wright

๐Ÿ‘ ๐Œ๐”๐’๐“ ๐ƒ๐Ž๐ฌ ๐€๐ญ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ!

Updated: Dec 12, 2023


(Written for The Round Farmhouse Ministries and published on 12 December 2023.)

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"๐…๐จ๐ซย ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐žย ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซย ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐žย ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐žย ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซย ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญย ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅย ๐›๐žย ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ." ๐‹๐ฎ๐ค๐žย ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ:๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ย ๐๐ˆ๐•

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As we approach this time of year the anticipation for many of us begins to build.ย  Decorating, shopping, baking, entertaining, travelling, and gift exchanges all rise to the top of our To Do lists.ย  A flurry of events such as concerts, dinners, and school plays are scribbled into our calendars.ย  Tempers become short as worry and anxiety, stress and impatience begin to build, soon turning into remorse and depression once the credit card statements come rolling in.ย 

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๐‘บ๐‘ป๐‘ถ๐‘ท!ย  ๐‘ฉ๐‘น๐‘ฌ๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ! ๐‘น๐‘ฌ๐‘ญ๐‘ณ๐‘ฌ๐‘ช๐‘ป!

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Amid the chaos of hectic schedules, we can slowly lose focus as the Christmas season begins to unfold.ย  We've been fooled into believing more is better; trapped into a viscous cycle that shames us if we don't strive to go bigger and better than last year.ย  In reality, we've let the enemy push us into a life being lived out more in the flesh than in the Spirit.

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"๐…๐จ๐ซย ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ย ๐ข๐งย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐โ€”๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญย ๐จ๐Ÿย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ก, ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญย ๐จ๐Ÿย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ž๐ฒ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐๐žย ๐จ๐Ÿย ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐žโ€”๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌย ๐ง๐จ๐ญย ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐…๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซย ๐›๐ฎ๐ญย ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐."

๐Ÿย ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐งย ๐Ÿ:๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”ย ๐๐ˆ๐•

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๐‘บ๐‘ป๐‘ถ๐‘ท!ย 

As Christians, we have given our lives over to Christ. However, in the hustle and bustle of a season of celebration, and in a nature of goodwill, we sometimes over-burden ourselves with plans and commitments. We can't enthusiastically honour the Messiah's birth if we're run down and exhausted. Take a moment each and every day to read just one verse of scripture relating to the miraculous gift of Christ's birth. Write it intentionally into your planner, block off a small chunk of time even if it's only 10 minutes, and focus on the wondrous event that gave us God in the flesh and hope for eternal life.ย 


๐‘ฉ๐‘น๐‘ฌ๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘ฌ!

We do this unconsciously. But what if we focussed, just for a moment, on inhaling and exhaling with closed eyes, visualizing the lambing cave, crowded with witnesses to the miracle of our Lord's entrance into the world? Inhale, exhale... and quietly remember as you smile in ardent anticipation of the Heavenly birth.

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๐‘น๐‘ฌ๐‘ญ๐‘ณ๐‘ฌ๐‘ช๐‘ป!

The greatest gift of all is ours to celebrate!ย "๐…๐จ๐ซย ๐†๐จ๐ย ๐ฌ๐จย ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ย ๐ญ๐ก๐žย ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญย ๐‡๐žย ๐ ๐š๐ฏ๐žย ๐‡๐ข๐ฌย ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒย ๐›๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐งย ๐’๐จ๐ง,๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญย ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐จ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซย ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ญ๐กย ๐ข๐งย ๐‡๐ข๐ฆย ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ย ๐ง๐จ๐ญย ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญย ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐žย ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ย ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž." ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐งย ๐Ÿ‘:๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”ย ๐Š๐‰๐•ย ย At this time of year, our hearts are overflowing with love and generosity, faith and compassion. Remembering the treasure we have in our Saviour, we can live out every day (not just these last few of the year) rejoicing in the riches we possess in the assurance of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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While Jesus Himself spoke these words, "๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฌ๐จ ๐›๐ž." ๐‹๐ฎ๐ค๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ:๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’, we can be assured that His miraculous birth made possible a life rich beyond measure, filled with spiritual gifts incomparable to any other. As He told a crowd of listeners,ย "๐•๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž." ๐‰๐จ๐ก๐ง ๐Ÿ”:๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ• ๐๐ˆ๐•

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แŽซแŽพแŽฉย แŽขแŽพย แŽขแŽปแŽฌย แŽณแŽพแŽกแžแŽ , แŽขแŽปแŽฌย แžแŽพแŽกแŽ ย แ†แšย แŸแŽพแŽทแŽฌ!

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Father God,

I pray You let Your Spirit wash over all my friends in faith this Christmas season; that they may find time throughout their hectic schedules to Stop, Breathe, and Reflect. Lord, together with them, I pray we all recognize and cherish the richness You have provided each of us through the gift of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate His miraculous birth with hearts bursting with anticipation and minds focussed on love.

In Jesus' Name we pray,

AMEN

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