In the book of James, he says WHEN we face trials, not IF we face trials. in other words, we will face trials. We all have endured trials. Some if us are enduring trials right now. And we will all have trials again. When we do face trials, James says we should count it all …
God told us to make our bodies pure temples for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. This means we are to have a healthy lifestyle and abstain from sins of the flesh that harm our bodies. But He did not tell us to obsess with our appearance to the point that what we look like …
Feeling hopeless? Tired? Frustrated? Wondering “Is there any help for overcoming addictions?” As a guest writer on “Morning Blessings with Crystal Dixon” I would like to introduce myself. I am Pastor Mike Dixon, brother-in-law to Crystal, but I am also a recovered drug addict and alcoholic. I have been clean and sober for over …
Have you ever heard someone say “I’m not feeling very grateful today”? I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another.
Our attitudes of gratitude should not be dictated by our moods or circumstances. We need to periodically check our attitudes. It is easy to fall prey to Satan and be consumed with the grumpy, gloomy world around us. We need to be armed against emotional warfare with joy, praise and thankfulness that comes from walking with Jesus.
There is something to be thankful for in every situation of every day. Look for the joy in every thing. Even if Satan puts evil in our paths, we can be thankful that God is there to call on and pull us through.
When we obey God’s commands to rejoice, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything, we begin to view circumstances and other people with a new perspective: an attitude of gratitude!
Life is better with Jesus!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
For many, January 1st is a welcomed opportunity to start over from bad experiences over the last 12 months; to make some things better in their life. No matter what happened in your life, good or bad, in 2019, God has given you new mercies and moved you forward to a new year. Try not to …
Have you read a good book lately? How about THE Good Book? Reading and studying God’s Word is a great way to spend your free time. And the book of Joshua is a great place to start! After Moses’ death, God appointed Joshua as Israel’s new leader. Joshua’s charge by God was to lead the …
Have you ever felt like you misread God’s will for your life? I have, especially on hard days of domestic engineering, or those times I experience writer’s block. When I am frustrated, it is so easy to fall prey to the lies of the enemy. As I re-read the Christmas story this morning, I thought …
A young girl living an ordinary life chosen to live an extraordinary life.
Who is this girl?
Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I think about Mary a lot, not just during the Christmas season. I often think about her faith, integrity, loyalty and great love for God. There are life lessons in Mary’s life:
Mary demonstrated absolute faith in action through obedience.
Mary loved unconditionally.
Mary’s faith and obedience reminds us how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
As we think about Mary this Christmas, let’s ask ourselves: “Am I willing to step out of my ordinary for God’s extraordinary?”
“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” – Luke 1:38
“Tis the season to be jolly, fala lala lala lala lala!”
Some reading this may actually disagree with my first sentence. While Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for Christians, as we are celebrating the birth of our Savior, many people find the Christmas season to be emotionally brutal.
Christmas can bring feelings of sadness and gloom for people who have lost loved ones and are facing an empty chair on Christmas Day. Some have experienced financial losses due to health reasons, job losses or recent storm damages. Others are facing serious health conditions. And there are so many other reasons out there causing sadness at Christmas time.
Let’s all try to remember to be a little bit more patient with others this Christmas season. If you know someone is hurting this Christmas, take an extra moment and reach out to that person. Let’s also remember, everyone we meet has a story. And some of those stories are sad. So what ever moods we are greeted with in our hustle and bustle, let’s be patient. Let’s be kind. Let’s show the love of Jesus.
If you are hurting this Christmas, I am so sorry for your pain. I pray for your healing and that you will be restored to the peace that passes all understanding. Remember, you are loved.
Let’s pray for each other every day and especially for those who are hurting this Christmas.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
As the days become more hectic this Christmas season, it can be very challenging to stop and do something unexpected for someone else. But isn’t that part of what Christ is about?
God gave us a Savior on Christmas Day so many years ago. Our Savior came to love us, help us and save us from the world. Jesus always stops and helps us when we need it. And as His follower, I am to do the same for others.
Today I must ask myself: as a Christ follower, am I sharing my life with others beyond telling them about Jesus? Christmas isn’t about the number of presents under the tree, it is about sharing the presence of Jesus in our lives. The unconditional love of Jesus should be over flowing from my life into the lives of others, not just at Christmas, but all year.
Let’s look for more ways to share the love of Jesus and help others this Christmas. Finding ways to give our time and presence can yield great blessings, joy and peace to everyone involved.
“…give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Jesus (Luke 6:38)