This week, 101 years ago, the Great War (WWI) was ripping the world apart. By the end of the war in 1918, more than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians would lose their lives, becoming one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the world.
But something unique happened during Christmastime in 1914…
Along the Western Front, there was an unofficial ceasefire between British and German troops. On Christmas Eve, the Germans decorated their trenches in a holiday fashion and began singing carols. The British responded by singing carols of their own, and all night long they shouted Christmas greetings to each other across the No Man’s Land between.
On Christmas morning, in some areas along the Front, British and German troops met in the middle of the war zone to talk, exchange food and souvenirs, play football matches, and even participate in joint burial ceremonies for the dead.
On British soldier wrote, “I wouldn’t have missed that unique and weird Christmas Day for anything.”
This brief reprieve in what would become a brutal war is only a tiny glimpse of the peace Jesus will eventually bring to the world. Just as the host of angels announced to the shepherds the night Jesus was born: “on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased” (Luke 2:14).
A Prayer for Peace in Your Home
The Bible says Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He brings peace between us and God (Romans 5:1; 10:15; Ephesians 6:15), and He is the one who brings true and lasting peace between nations (Ephesians 2:14).
Unfortunately, the Christmas season can easily become a time of strife in the home. Instead, I pray as you spend more time with your family, you will experience the peace of Christ…
Lord, help us to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11), not retaliating when things don’t go our way. You are the perfect Judge, and You bless those who endure hardship because of doing good. Lord help us to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” (Romans 14:19), not exasperating one another or causing one another to stumble. Help us to be peacemakers, and show ourselves to be your children (Matthew 5:9). God of peace, the God who brought Jesus up from the dead, I pray you will equip us with everything good that we may do Your will (Hebrews 13:20-21). Sanctify us completely, keeping our whole spirit and soul and body blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus. You are faithful; you will surely do it (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). Amen.
As we prepare for 2016, we have two big announcements to share with you…
Big Announcement #1: A New Chapter for Our Website
When we started Intoxicated On Life in April 2012, it wasn’t much more than a hobby blog for random theological musings, yummy recipes, and random rants and thoughts. Fast forward about 3½ years, and quite unexpectedly, our website has become a thriving ministry to families all over the world. We’re seeing a 100 times more traffic than we did 3 years ago, and we now have over 50 books and other products to our names.
So, starting January 1, 2016, Luke will be leaving his work at Covenant Eyes so we can both work for Intoxicated On Life full time.
Covenant Eyes has been so good to our family over the years, and we never pictured Luke quitting. We love the company, the people there, and its mission.
That said, we’ve also been excited to see how God has opened a door for us to work more closely together as a couple and create educational resource for families.
We are also excited at the new opportunities that working for ourselves will open given our flexibility. For example, we’re excited that we’ve been invited to speak at all three Teach Them Diligently conferences (Atlanta, Nashville, and Sandusky) in 2016. We hope to meet many of you at those conferences! It will be good to shake your hand and hug your neck.
So, to all our faithful readers, thank you for all the comments, e-mails, and conversations over the years that has helped to make this website what it is. We are excited to see what 2016 will bring.
Big Announcement #2: A New Addition to the Family
If you had asked us about 2 months ago, we would have said with about 90% certainty we were done having children. We love our 4 boys, but pregnancies are notoriously hard on Trisha’s body. Each pregnancy Trisha’s hyperemesis seems to worsen. Our last twin pregnancy involved several visits to the ER, in-home health visits, a PICC line, and many anti-nausea medications and home remedies that never really worked all that well.
Well, as it turns out, God had other plans. We found out recently Trisha is pregnant with our 5th child. She’s about 10 weeks along at the moment, and despite the health complications, we feel so blessed. Your prayers for our family are definitely appreciated.
Prayer Requests for 2016
As the new year starts, please pray for our family…
- Pray we will find a new rhythm in our home as we learn to work together full-time from home and as we homeschool our boys together.
- Pray our business and ministry would continue to thrive.
- Pray for relief for Trisha’s hyperemesis (a.k.a. the severe vomiting and nausea).
- Pray for Trisha’s health, especially her Lyme disease, both during and after the pregnancy.
- Pray for the health of our new baby.