Gifts from Above

Verse of the Day:  James 1:17          

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Everything good thing we have in our lives and all our blessing are gifts from our heavenly Father. The devil tries to remind us of the hard times we’ve gone through, the illnesses, the losses and every trial we’ve ever faced just so we’ll forget about all the good things God has done for us. But do not be deceived for God is good all the time, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the source of every good thing! Instead of counting your troubles, make a list of all the good things in your life and make time to thank your heavenly Father for all your blessings!

Heavenly Father, thank You for every good and perfect gift that comes from You. You are the source of every good thing. I thank You with all of my heart for Your kindness to me and all the blessings in my life. Amen

Good Gifts from Your Heavenly Father

Verse of the Day:   Matthew 7:11      

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (NLT)      

Doesn’t it make you feel happy when you give your children the gifts they’ve asked for? Just think about how much more your heavenly Father wants to give you good gifts from the riches of His glory. God loves you and it makes Him happy to bless you with the desires of your heart when you delight yourself in Him. God already knows what you want, what you need and what is fit for you before you ask, but He still wants you to come to Him in faith and ask. God hears your prayers and if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer according to His will.

Heavenly Father, thank You for hearing our prayers and providing everything we need. Thank You for blessing us exceeding and abundantly above all that we ask or think. Thank You for the privilege of being a child of God.  Amen

More Blessed to Give than to Receive

Verse of the Day:  Acts 20:35

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’           

God has given us more than we could ever deserve and we should follow His example of giving. Many people of the world are often thinking about what they will get in return and only give when there is something in it for themselves. But children of God who strive to be Christlike give without expecting to receive anything in return for they know their reward is in heaven because when you give in a right spirit it truly is an act of worship and pleases the Lord. When we give to the weak and those in need, we are spreading God’s love and hope into the hearts of those who receive the gift. Let’s not forget that God gives to us so that we may be generous to others. This Christmas let’s focus on giving rather than receiving.

Heavenly Father, You have given us so much and we know we can never out give You. Help us to freely give to those in need. Help us to spread love and hope into the hearts of those who receive our charity. Amen

A Cheerful Giver

Verse of the Day:  2 Corinthians 9:7 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.      

Spread the love of Christ with the less fortunate this Christmas. God loves a cheerful giver and when He puts in your heart to give, do so cheerfully. There are a couple of weeks left until Christmas so you still have time to make a donation to a worthy cause that helps people in need. Unless you’ve been there yourself, you don’t realize what a difference a little help does make. The simple things we take for granted someone else is praying for. Follow your heart and let God work through you, for the Lord has blessed you so you may bless others. Whether it’s big or small make a donation to your favorite charity and make a difference in the lives of others.

Heavenly Father, everything I have comes from You and I am so grateful. I have been blessed so that I may bless others cheerfully and generously from my heart. Let the result of my giving be thanksgiving to You. Amen

Kindness and Charity

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 25:40     

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’         

As believers in Christ we should be known for our good deeds. We don’t do them because we are trying to get into heaven. Jesus already made the way for us. We do good deeds because of the grace that has been shown to us. We do good deeds because we have the love of God inside of us and we do good deeds because we want to be more like Christ. Love is kind and God commands us to love one another. Be kind, practice random acts of kindness and charity, not because of who they are but because of who you are, a child of God.  Share God’s goodness with those in need. Do what you can as often as you can for as many as you can.

Father, help us to be more Chistlike in all we do. Let Your Spirit guide me to do good deeds for those in need. Let your love and kindness be seen through me for Your honor and glory. Amen

Christmas is For-giving

Verse of the Day:  Matthew 6:14-15  

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

We have all made mistakes, none of us are perfect. There are times we need to ask for forgiveness and there are times we need to forgive. How can we come to God asking for forgiveness when we ourselves have not forgiven our own trespassers? I know there are some things that seem unforgivable but when we hold on to blame and unforgiveness it creates an environment of bitterness in our own heart. Forgiveness allows you to begin the healing process and helps you to move forward with your life. Life is too short to hold on to pain and grudges from the past. Trust in God and let go of the anger and give the gift of forgiveness not only to the offender, but to yourself as well.

Jesus, You came to give Your life so that our sins would be forgiven. In that same spirit, during the season that we celebrate Your birth, help us to give the gift of forgiveness to those who have sinned against us. Amen

Tis the Season to Be Jolly

Verse of the Day:   James 1:19         

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry   

Tis the season to be jolly. Even though it’s the most wonderful time of the year people are busy, stressed out, in a hurry and not always as polite as they can be. As Christians, don’t forget what the season is really about and let’s try to set an example of how to treat others. For some, the holidays can be a very stressful time. Lack of time, money worries, gift-giving pressure, anxiety and depression are often experienced even more during the holidays. As we are out and about, let’s remember to be patient, kind and slow to anger with everyone we come across. Christmas is meant to be joyful and it doesn’t cost anything to be kind. If you feel yourself getting stressed out or angry, take a deep breath, say a little prayer and try to focus on the Lord and the real reason for the season.

Heavenly Father, as we go through this special time of year, help us to remember the true meaning of the celebration, the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Let us be an example to others by being patient, kind, and slow to anger. Help us to keep our joy in all circumstances. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

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 many 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.

Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to save the world. Help us to teach our children the true meaning and the real reason we celebrate His birth. Help us to keep Christ in Christmas and to stay focused on You. Amen

Life is Not About Possessions

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.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessings in my life, I am truly grateful for everything you have provided. Help me Lord, to not be greedy or selfish but instead to have a heart of selflessness. As long as I have You, I have everything I need. Amen

Love and Good Deeds

Verse of the Day:  Hebrews 10:24    

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.   

Let your love for God and your gratitude for His mercy and goodness inspire you to share His love with others.  Let’s motivate each other and encourage acts of love and service for those in need so that our heavenly Father may be glorified.  We need to do something, help somebody, invite someone because if we don’t then who will?

Lord, Your love inspires me to help others and to share Your love with those in need. Help me, Lord, to do good deeds so that Your name may be glorified. Amen