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    December 11 The Anxiety of Christmas

    “Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” 1 Peter 5:7 TLB As an adult, Christmas was not a holiday I eagerly awaited. Gifts to buy, decorating, addressing Christmas cards – it was overwhelming. The celebration of...
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    December 10 He Promised What??

    “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.” 1 Peter 1:6 ESV Okay, hold it right there! He promised what?? Trials?? Why would He do that? I get the first part – we rejoice because of our imperishable inheritance...
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    December 8 The Ultimate Gift

    Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV Christmas is a time for reflection, the birth of Jesus Christ, the promise that God our Father gave to the people of Israel so many years...
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    December 7 Just Store-Bought Pastries?

    …have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil… but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. I Peter 3:8 ESV Donuts and pastries for breakfast are a rare treat...
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    December 6 A Daily Promise

    The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the LORD endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25 NKJV Days drip by, and colors fade in the grind of a routine schedule in this thing called...
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    December 5 Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

    He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20 NIV My water broke at thirty-six weeks with my firstborn. This was during the dark ages before cell phones. I couldn’t just text my husband, “It’s time!” After...
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    December 4 God Promises Some Unusual Things

    And all of you clothe yourselves in humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 1Peter 5:5b NASB Sometimes God’s promises are stated in the negative as well as the positive. He is opposed to the proud, yet He promised to...
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    December 3 Heaven Bound

    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise. 2 Peter 3:9 NIV This year has been hard, especially now nearing Christmas, with one child missing in our family. My son lived along the Colorado River in Arizona and slowly distanced himself from the family. I called him my desert...
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    December 1 Promises Realized

    “For to us a child is born” Isaiah 9:6a, ESV Abraham and Sarah set off from home barren, but pursuing God’s plan. He had promised the impossible: a son. Their hope lay in God’s faithfulness. Nine years later, still childless and eighty-four years old, Abraham complained about the delay. God...