Category: Devotionals

Christmas Blessings

Christmas Blessings

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

Isaiah’s prophecies came to life just at the right time.

God is with us. Yes, indeed He is! Isaiah knew steadfast faith. God revealed Himself to him. He has before and still does today. However, how many people have the same faith as Isaiah did? Why the uncertainty? The only explanation I have is that we don’t really listen. Sure, we go to church, listen to the sermon, maybe read a few Bible verses throughout the week, and try to live in a way God approves of. At least this is what we think. Am I right?  Maybe we imagine what God might say if we were truly present to hear Him. Is the lack of being truly present because we might not like what He has to say? 

We’re instructed to fear the Lord: with love and respect. It’s not fearing He will harm us, rather it’s having such love and respect that we long to please Him and be in His presence. God loves us and wants the best for us. Usually better than we can imagine. In His time! 

I listened to Joel Osteen the other day, and he said something that really got me thinking. Years ago, Joel went through something that was unfair, unjust, and left him wondering, ‘Why me?’ I’m sure you can relate: “Why me?” right?! Well, 16 years later he encountered another situation; yes, 16 years. This time Joel went to battle prepared, not anxious for anything, and succeeded. This was the time Lakewood purchased the Compaq Center. He knows now that the incident he went through 16 years ago was to prepare him for when it mattered.

Are you prepared for when the Lord gives you a sign?

This Christmas season I encourage you – invite you – to spend some time with God.

THANK HIM. Thank God for His love, His guidance, protecting you, comforting you, the people He has placed in your life. Everything God has blessed you with. Just thank Him. Many people may endure life as one catastrophe after another. Stop that negative thinking right now! Be excited for what God has planned for you. Look for opportunities to help others with the gifts bestowed upon you. Your cup overfloweth. 

Remember the following:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Don’t fret or you’ll regret! Adore the time you have this Christmas with your family and friends and the opportunity to be with God. Tell Him how much you love Him and that you want to know Him better.

Capture your thoughts in a journal, read a devotional, read the Bible!

And have a Merry Christmas!

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Becoming Anchored Devotional – Week 2

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (NIV)

Too often when adversity strikes, we tend to feel uncertain, hopeless, and powerless. When we discover the power of letting go and letting God into every aspect of our lives, blessings begin to follow.

Many of us know that life can be stressful if we let it. There are ways to relieve that stress through self-care. Taking a walk, a hobby, talking with a friend are a few ways to destress. When we step back for a minute, we may gain a new perspective. For myself, prayer helps me regain my focus on what truly matters most in my life at the moment.

See what works for you.

How does this Bible verse give you hope?

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Becoming Anchored Devotional – Week 1

We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are. Acts 15:11 (NIV)

Sometimes I listen to inspirational and motivational audiobooks. The author is usually engaging and knows how to grab attention. I find these books challenge my thoughts and inspire new ideas and thought patterns. I find this helpful when I want to learn more about what interests me and aligns with God’s purposes.

The same holds true when reading Scripture. It is inspiring and we learn how others have gone through everything we do, and how God’s grace has been a lifeline to many, which gives us hope.

How does Jesus influence your thoughts?

Who else has inspired you?

What do you hope for?

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