The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
We all know we are supposed to love our neighbors but often we forget the “as yourself” part of this verse. We put everyone else’s needs first but the truth is we can’t love anyone else if we don’t take care of our own health, mind, body and spirit. Many of us struggle with loving and taking care of ourselves. We even feel guilty for doing so, but loving yourself means we give ourselves a reasonable amount of self-care and self-respect. You are a child of God and it’s okay to love yourself with humility and godliness. Make self-care a priority this year, enjoy some “me” time without feeling guilty and remember, you can’t pour out blessings from an empty cup.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Every 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
When you have a personal relationship with Jesus, His peace pours into your heart. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart you can live at peace no matter what is happening around you. The closer you get to God the more start to see how His peace changes your heart. What may have once been angry and hurtful doesn’t have to be that way anymore. It’s up to you to decide if you are going to let God in and change your once hardened heart. Be thankful for the peace God freely gives through Jesus Christ to all believers.
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
I woke up this morning and if you’re reading this so did you, but not everyone did, so be thankful for another day of life. Praise God and give thanks to the Lord. He is deserving of all praise. No matter what is going on in your life there is always something to be thankful for. Our praise should not depend on how we feel but on who God is. God’s love is forever and He is always good, gracious, merciful and ready to forgive. Start your day with praise because life is a precious gift from God and as long as you have breath in your lungs you ought to give thanks to the Lord.