Christmas is For-giving

Matthew 6 14-15

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? 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. Life is short and we don’t know what tomorrow holds. 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.

‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

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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. As we are gift shopping, dealing with crowds, long lines, parking and all the other seemingly stressful activities let’s be patient, kind and slow to anger. Christmas is meant to be joyful and it doesn’t cost anything to be kind.

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 or you can 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 all about let’s teach them a Christ centered Christmas.

Life is Not About Possessions

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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 trying to buy the newest car, the biggest house or the next big thing are never satisfied. Possessions cannot bring you true happiness, only Jesus 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.

The Lifter of My Head

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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. For some, the holidays can often be lonely and even a 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.

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 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 deserve. I’m thankful for my salvation and for the relationship I have with my Savior. Above all else, I’m thankful for God’s love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. I give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.