You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement!

The Monday After Sunday, December 9, 2012: Christmas Wrappings: Wrapped in History

By Sheryll Belonga

Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace.
In his sermon yesterday, Pastor Joe said, “A relationship with Christ is foundational to all pursuits of peace.”
I love that statement; it is very simple yet profound.  It basically tells us that in order to have true peace you must first have a relationship with Christ and without that relationship as the core everything else we attempt will fail.
This reminded me that if I don’t place Christ first in my life each day then my day will be lacking peace.  I can plan my day to be void of stress, but unless I give my day to my Lord I will not have that all-encompassing peace.  I can attempt to be the wife and mom that I think I should be, but unless I allow God to direct my words and actions I will not have peace in my marriage or in my relationship with my kids.  I can make my home warm and inviting, but if Christ is not there I won’t have peace in my home.  We ensure we enter into that peace through spending time with God.
Yesterday, Pastor Joe reminded us that only a heart delighting in God can receive His peace.  To delight means we take pleasure in something or someone — we find joy in it.
When was the last time you delighted in God?  When was the last time you sat back and just basked in His presence and allowed Him to fill your heart with peace? 
John 14:27 says,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.”
 There is nothing this world could ever offer us that compares to the peace we find in Jesus.
At Christmas, especially, we are reminded of Jesus Christ and His birth.  We are reminded of the peace that came to Earth long ago and still remains should we seek Him.
And Christmas reminds us of the point of it all.
The point of it all is a renewed faith in the One who came into the world to save us. Jesus Christ was born so was so that we could have a path straight into Heaven through a relationship with Him.
The point of it all is to recall all the reasons why we are to love our neighbor and show mercy to those around us.
The point of it all is to remember where we truly find peace especially while living amid busyness and chaos.
My hope this year is that as we remember to keep Christ in Christmas we will also remember to keep Christ inside of us.
And that in Him we will find peace.

Sheryll Belonga is the wife of Jurrell and homeschooling mom to their three great boys. Her hearts desire is to glorify God in all she says and does in spite of life’s daily happenings.

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