How is Your Attitude?

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

What I Learned from Mary

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

Love Them through Their Blue Christmas

“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

Presence is the Present

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.

Merry Christmas!

“…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)

The Greatest Story

The greatest story is about the life of Jesus Christ: the perfect human and our perfect Savior.

December is a perfect time to revisit His story and share it with others. And the gospel of Luke is the perfect place to start, as it opens with the anticipation and birth of Jesus and ends with His death and resurrection.

I want to encourage you to get still each day of this Christmas season and reflect on the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Whether you study a Christmas devotional each day or a chapter from Luke each day, I pray you find renewed joy and peace through God’s greatest gift to you: JESUS.

JESUS IS THE REASON!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!