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And the Word become flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14

From the Father.

Our Heavenly Father sent His Son in the world. Jesus. It was through Jesus, according to scripture, we could see the Father. As Jesus lived His life, in the flesh, He revealed who the Father was. God was so clearly seen as The Father when Jesus came to earth. The Word originated from the Speaker. Through Jesus’ life we see the Father. A God full of…..

PEACE. I give God praise for the sudden rush of peace I found, laying on the hospital bed getting ready for my second c-section. It was a burst of unexplained calm during an emotional and exhausting time.  I give God praise for the gradual growing of peace, that extends over time. At the beginning of this year Jason made a decision I had hard time trusting. I trust the decision because I trust God was leading my husband, but ultimately I wouldn’t have made the decision Jason made. I wouldn’t have because I didn’t have a peace about it. As the weeks passed and we lived with the decision, I began to pray for peace. I prayed God would change my heart. I knew it was the right decision, but I didn’t “feel right” about it. I look at my heart today and I have 100% peace about that decision months ago! God granted me peace. Jesus says, His life was to bring PEACE.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

JOY. Our Father brings joy, not just while Jesus lived on earth. In the “real” Lord’s prayer found in John 16-17, we see Jesus pray to the Father for our “joy” at least six times (with my quick count). We can have joy in the Source of joy. Not in circumstances. Not in material possessions. Not in freedom from addiction. Not in the lack of pain. We have joy not in any human on earth. We have this joy in Jesus. Our relationship in Him. This type of joy is sorry turned to gladness. Dust transformed to beauty. Joy lasting a lifetime. Not just for a season. Answers to prayer type of joy. Joy full.

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
LOVE. True Love doesn’t come from ourselves. Our Father is the ultimate source of love. Jesus could love all those around Him because of His Father. The maimed. The outcasts. The sinners and poor in spirit. Us. We see the source of love in the Father. It is through His power we have even the ability to love in the first place. We can love those around us who are hard to love. Like the woman at church who hurt you with her words. And it still hurts knowing she ruined a friendship. When she shows up Sunday morning, you can love her. Like the disgruntled shopper who gives you the look like you’ve got too many kids. You can show compassion and smile. Like the family member who cut you deep, and maybe still cuts you deep with actions and words. You can love them because He loves you. And you, my dear friend, are SO VERY LOVED.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. 

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  1. Thank you for this Sarah. Our family is in need of peach this season. We are tough, but our world did recently get turned up-side-down. Thank you for this reminder to look to the Prince of Peace in the midst of our challenges. A very encouraging, hopeful, and timely post for this dad. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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