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Peace on Earth

I'm so glad to be joining in with Then Sings My Soul Saturday today.  I link up with Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders.    If you want to sing some wonderful Christmas carols, I'm sure you will find many on the link up today.

The song that's been in my  heart this past week is "Let There Be Peace on Earth".  We live in a world that is anything but peaceful.  There are wars, rebellion and lots of sin.  It's hard to insulate yourself and your family completely.  And even as Christians, we don't always respond peacefully or in a God honoring way to others or our circumstances.

I've learned so many lessons through one of the most challenging seasons of my life.  However, each day God shows me something else He wants me to learn. 

As I've begun working full time with little children, I can't help but look into their sweet faces and know that God loves each one of them.  They come in all shapes, colors and sizes and yet each one is unique.

As I step on the playground to greet them, I find that I cannot even take a step because I am swamped with little arms hugging my legs.  It warms my heart to be greeted with shouts of "Hi Miss Debbie" and "oh look, Miss Debbie is here". 

For a woman who longed for children, this is ...a gift from God. 

We may not have permanent peace on earth this side of heaven.  But each day I have to make a choice as to how to react and interact with others who may not share my faith.  As I have conversations with parents and teachers of various backgrounds, I can show respect, be kind and share the love of Christ even without words.  

Will you choose to let peace begin with you?

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Awesome! I think I might link up today too!

    Love you!

  2. I love this version, too!!!! Have a a great Saturday.

  3. I've always thought Vince's
    version of this wonderful
    song was one of the best.
    Hope you're doing well. I
    miss you not being around
    as much.
    Love & Prayers,

  4. I can just see all those kids greeting you! lol

    Peace is something we all long for and I know for myself, I tend to forget to look for it in my heart as a result of Jesus. Instead of seeing the peace He offers, I focus on the lack of it around me in the physical world.

  5. Oh how I love this song...and Vince Gill is probably one of my fav's singing it. I have this CD...Have a wonderful week-end. I have a unique song today too, and I think I will link up. BLESSINGS

  6. I am so happy that you are finding such joy in your new job! I pray that God continues to bless you each day as you share your heart with the children!

    Living for Him, Joan

  7. So glad you linked up, I love this song.

  8. A Holiday Thought...

    Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~


    Anyone can break this cycle of violence! Everyone has the power to choose compassion! Please visit these websites to align your core values with life affirming choices: veganvideo.org & tryveg.com

    "Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege."
    Lucretia Coffin Mott, 1793-1880, minister, women's rights leader, abolitionist, peace activist, humanitarian

  9. Debbie - I am so glad you are being blessed through your work with children. And I am reminded lately, again and again, of what Jesus said, "except you become as a little child."

    We would all be more peaceful if we did that. God bless you - Marsha Young

  10. I have no doubt that the children you work with are most blessed by you as well! What a positive impact you are having on their lives.

    I love, love, love Vince Gill's version of this song. Wonderful!

    Blessings galore to you!

  11. How sweet to have all those children hugging and greeting you, Debbie! The song reminded me of directing a children's chorus when they sang it and the special blessings they were. How wonderful if we each would follow the advice of this song (and the example of Jesus).

  12. Thanks for that beautiful song, Debbie. I will try to take your advice, though it is so hard sometimes. I'm glad you are loving your new job. Love you ~

  13. Walking in His peace and rejoicing in the season right along with you friend.

    Happy day,

  14. Hi Debbie,

    I was really blessed by your post. You are right in saying that as Christians we don't always respond, or react how the Lord would want us to. I needed to hear that, thank you. I'm a work-in-progress :o)

    I'm so happy to hear how much you enjoy working with the children. I remember my kindergarden teacher, and how loving she was. Kids need hugs, and some don't get them at home, so it is such a blessing that you are there to hug them, and be someone they look so forward to seeing.

    My husband teaches elementary school 4th grade, and he has his former students come and visit him often. He received an email from one of the girls from his class and she is now 25 years old, and graduated from college. She is going to be a teacher, and told him he was the best teacher she ever had, and inspired her to become a teacher. He remembers her, as he usually remembers all of his students. The kids love him because He has such a passion for teaching, and making it fun for the kids.

    Debbie, All those hugs, smiles and kind words you share with the kids will be something they will always remember.

    God bless your day,

  15. You are right where you belong, Debbie! I can just picture those little faces lighting up when they see you. How blessed they are to have Miss Debbie in their lives!!

    Love you!

  16. You are definitely a blessing!!! And those little ones have sweetness and love, in their lives since they have you as a part of their lives.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    I love this version, especially since it has the young child singing in it...I love to hear a little one's voice in song.
    Thank you again, dear friend for stopping by.


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