Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Proverbs 22:6

Verse of the Day:  Proverbs 22:6      

Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it. 

Christmas is one of the most wonderful and exciting times of the year and a great opportunity to teach young children about Jesus and the real reason for the season. You can tell them why we celebrate Christmas, how and why Jesus was born and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. You can read stories from the Bible or children’s books appropriate for their level of understanding, you can sing Christmas carols and talk about their origins use a nativity scene and other decorations, like a star to explain what they represent. There are lots of other ideas on the internet that will help you keep Christ in Christmas for little ones. Before the world starts putting its idea of what Christmas is, let’s teach our children all about a Christ centered Christmas.

Life is Not About Possessions

Luke 12:15

Verse of the Day:   Luke 12:15          

Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”        

Christmas is exactly 25 days away and although it’s nice to be able to give gifts to our loved ones as a token of our love, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves that life is not about possessions. People are consumed with materialism always trying to buy the newest car, the biggest house or the next big thing but they are never satisfied. Covetousness is a sin we need constantly to be warned against; for happiness and comfort do not depend on the wealth of this world. (Matthew Henry) Possessions cannot bring you true happiness, your riches are found in Jesus Christ and only He can truly satisfy your soul. Life is not about the material possessions you have, it’s about having loving relationships with the Lord, your family and friends. It’s about helping others and making a difference in a fallen world.

Give Hope

Psalm 9:18

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 9:18           

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.

As we begin to immerse ourselves into the holiday season let’s not forget those in need. There are so many ways we can help the less fortunate. God supplies all your needs out of the abundance of grace and mercy He has for His people. Through Christ we have an everlasting hope and we know that we will not be forgotten. We may forget about God, but He never forgets about us. Likewise, He never forgets the needy nor should we. Ask God to lead you in finding a way to help those in need this holiday season and throughout the year. Let Him work through you as you donate your time, money, food or services. A little help goes a long way and gives so much hope to many.

Be a God Pleaser

Galatians 1:10

Verse of the Day:  Galatians 1:10     

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

We all fall into the trap of trying to please people, especially the people we love. Being a people pleaser isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It shows that you are caring and you enjoy making other people happy. But when you seek the approval of people over God it definitely becomes a problem. Far too often it comes at the expense of your own needs or at the expense of your relationship with God. Don’t be negatively influenced by people who don’t know God, instead be strong in what you believe and why you believe it. By living a life that is focused on God’s truth and is pleasing to Him you will attract the right people into your life.

The Lifter of My Head

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 3:3 

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.           

Thanksgiving Day is over and not everyone has or was able to spend time with family and friends. This has been an extremely difficult year for many people and for some, the holidays can be a lonely and sad time. I sometimes feel it too. I miss loved ones that have gone to be with the Lord and those who can’t be near me. But we are not alone, God is with us in every moment of every day. If we focus on the Lord, His goodness and our blessings He will get us through it. He will give us comfort, peace and joy when we draw near to Him.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 10: Happy Thanksgiving!

1 Chronicles 29:13

Verse of the Day:  1 Chronicles 29:13          

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.           

I want to wish you all a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Over the past few days I’ve shared with you just a few of the things I’m thankful for but there are so many that I would never be able to express them all. I’m also thankful for you, the readers of The Consecrated Woman. It’s a blessing to be able to share God’s Word with you. Thank you for your continued support. I pray that you are encouraged and inspired daily. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. As we give thanks to our Lord today let’s remember that God is good all the time and we should be thankful every day of the year. May God bless you and your loved ones today and always. Happy Thanksgiving!

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 9: Thankful for Everything

Ephesians 5:20

Verse of the Day:   Ephesians 5:20   

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.      

I am truly thankful for everything God has done for me and the plans He has for my future. I am thankful for everything He has blessed me with, it’s more than I could ever deserve. I’m thankful because I know my God hears me, sees me, loves me and is always there for me. I’m thankful for my salvation and for the relationship I have with my Savior. I’m also thankful for God’s love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. I give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 8: Thankful for Praise and Worship Music

Psalm 95:2

Verse of the Day:  Psalm 95:2           

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  

Today I am thankful for praise and worship music. Being able to praise and worship God through song is so uplifting and inspiring. No matter what is going on in my life it all just seem to melt away instantly as I begin to focus on God. It doesn’t just have to be the music at church. Sometimes it’s while I’m at home or even in the car. I could be driving, feeling some type of way and the perfect song comes on the radio at just the right time and it reminds me that God is always with me and that everything is going to be okay. Even though I’m not a very good singer, when I sing along I feel connected to my Savior and I feel peace in my heart.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 7: Thankful for God’s Blessings

2 Corinthians 9:11

Verse of the Day:   2 Corinthians 9:11          

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.   

This year has been a difficult year for many people. So much has happened including the Covid-19 pandemic, mandatory lock-downs, loss of life, loss of jobs, schools and churches closed, fires across the west coast, hurricanes on the east coast and civil unrest across the county just to name a few. But, through it all God is still with us and I am thankful for all of His blessings. I am thankful we have a roof over our heads, food on our table, clothes on our back and the love of God in our hearts. I am grateful because we have been blessed and we have also been able to be a blessing to others, which has resulted in thanksgiving to God. Everyone needs a blessing, especially in these turbulent times, and I believe God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others. I encourage you to be a blessing to others in any way you can whenever you can.

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 6: Thankful for God’s Love and Kindness

Jeremiah 31:3

Verse of the Day:  Jeremiah 31:3

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

I’m thankful for God’s love and kindness. To be honest, I’m not always easy to love. I have good days and I have bad days and sometimes I feel moody and just want to be left alone. These are things I’m working on with the help of the Lord. But, I thank my God that no matter how I feel, His love for me never changes. It’s not a temporary love, but one that keeps on proving over and over how much He loves me. God confirms His love for me daily as He forgives, protects, provides, heals and demonstrates His continued grace, mercy and power in my life. God’s magnificent love is sovereign, unchangeable, everlasting and nothing can ever separate me or you from His great love for us. God’s love is life changing and when you begin to believe that He loves you, He always has and He always will you’ll no longer be the same. So, today I just want to thank God for loving me and always being there for me.