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

Give Hope      

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.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessings in my life. Help me to be a blessing to those in need. Lead me in the way I should go to bring hope to the less fortunate for Your honor and glory. Amen

Be a God Pleaser      

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. 

Heavenly Father, help me to be strong in my faith and obedient to Your Word. Help me to stay focused on Your truth and on what really matters, pleasing You. Amen

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. These last couple of years have been extremely difficult 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.

Lord, thank You for being the lifter of my head. You see me, You know me and You are always there for me. Help me to stay focused on You and to count my blessings, not my troubles. Grant me comfort, peace, and joy as I draw near to You. Amen

10 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 10: Happy Thanksgiving!

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!

Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day as we bow our heads to pray, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name. We thank You, Lord, for family and friends and all the blessings that come from above. We love You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.