What are you doing to prepare for the Christ child? There are so many ways that we can focus on the meaning of Christmas. Take advantage of at least one if not more.
Put unused items in a box to be delivered to the needy
Read your Bible every day. A good place to start during Advent is with Isaiah or one of the Gospels about the birth of Christ.
Take time to pray for your needs and the needs of others
Thank God each day for all that he has given you
Befriend someone who is alone
There are many more things to do…but focusing in these last weeks will make Christmas more special
Psalm 16: 1-2
1 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”
I don’t understand people who have no relationship with God. Where do they turn when life is challenging? It is not the things that we accumulate that give us “the good.” It is our God who provides us with the things that bring us life. Life with God is good.
Amazing God, thank you for providing the good in our lives. AMEN
Psalm 8: 1-2
1 I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
We read these words but do we follow them? How often do we tell about the thing the Lord has done for us? I have mentioned before that a friend calls God’s intervention in our lives “the arangels at work.” I try to remember to share how that happens in my life but usually only with those who understand it. I need to share more with others. They may scoff and tell me it’s “coincidence” but that’s fine. Maybe they will see my belief as “something more.”
Tell about God’s marvelous works. He continues to work today. Sing his praises!
Amazing God, thank you for your work in our lives. Remind us to share it with others. AMEN
I may have shared this before but I absolutely love this from Romans. It gives me hope that no matter what God will be there for me and you.
Romans 8:37-39 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen and Amen
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairing, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.—-Agatha Christie
I doubt that many of us have escaped the pains that can come in this life. Yet through it all just to get up each morning is a gift. Thank God each day for your life.
Giving God, you have granted us life. Help us to thank you for it. AMEN
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. ——Margaret Lee Runbeck
Our thinking about happiness seems out of sync. We look for happiness to bowl us over but it’s not like that. Happiness can live with us on our journey if we let it. Will I choose to see the good in things today? Will I thank God for my blessings acknowledging them myself? To me, this is the crux of the matter. Most of the time happiness is our choice. Sure, we do have bad times but my perspective colors my journey. Choose to be happy!
God of love, you have given us the chance to choose happiness. Help us to see it in our lives. AMEN
My husband, he refuses to worry or pray. He believes if you don’t have one you don’t need the other.–——————House TV program.
I can understand the part about not worrying. Christ reminds us about the lilies of the field and how they are cared for by God. I don’t agree with the not praying part. If we have no worries we should be busy thanking God for that blessing. If, in spite of knowing that we are cared for, we do worry then we should certainly pray. Prayer is critical. It is a connection with our creator. Pray without ceasing no matter what.
Gracious God, prayer is our time with you. Help us to pray without ceasing. AMEN
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ——-Helen Keller
We always want life to be easy. Sometimes it is….sometimes not. The struggles that we encounter help us to grow. We learn from them. We would be less than we are without them. Some of the most famous poets, writers and artists drew inspiration from their struggles. Helen Keller is a good example.
Just remember… no matter what God is with us.
Ever present God, we thank you for your promise to be with us through our trials. AMEN
Sometimes we spend so much time praying about our worries and for other people (important) but we forget to be glad. There is always something to be glad about. Look around you and be grateful and thank God.
God, you have given us so much. Remind us to be thankful. AMEN
God does not expect us to go around with gloomy faces. Who would want to be a Christian if we all looked like that? God wants us to look for the good and rejoice in it.
Loving God, help us to seek the good in life instead of concentrating on the bad. AMEN