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  • Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt

    Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt

    This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {{Doubt}}

    But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples], who was called Didymus (the twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.”

    John 20:24-25— AMP

    Have you ever been called or called someone else a doubting Thomas? I sure have been called and have also called others a doubting Thomas. Do you know what Jesus did with Doubting Thomas? He let him touch his scars. Jesus doesn’t shoo away doubters; quite the opposite, he invites them closer. He wants us to touch his scars.

    It can be upsetting when loved ones (or us) doubt their faith or question God. We worry that we’ve failed and wonder how to show them love in the middle of their doubts. Follow Jesus as your example—invite them to bring out their doubts. Let them wrestle through this season. This means us too. You never know what Jesus will reveal to them or us.

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  • A Fresh Start

    A Fresh Start

    “So the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp; they did the same for six days.”

    Joshua 6:14— NASB

    The plan of action would have sounded far out to anyone else. But Joshua, the head of the Israelite nation, was about to move into the Promised Land and take over. This land would be his, and his descendant’s forever. 

    There was a problem, though…Jericho was a heavily secured city.

    So what did God ask Joshua and the Israelites to do that would sound far out to anyone else? Did He tell them to begin making swords? Did He instruct Joshua to sharpen blades or train young men for war? 

    No, God doesn’t require His people to do any of those things. By contrast, He issues a simple battle plan: Walk around the city walls with trumpets playing. There’s to be no talking—not even a whisper. On the seventh day, the army is to give a mighty shout of praise. 

    Joshua follows God’s orders, and on the seventh day, the walls fall. The Israelite nation enters and destroys everyone except for Rahab and her family. Wow! That was some action plan. Can you imagine the sight?

    This was a new beginning for the Israelites. New beginnings sometimes involve us stepping out in faith. God asks us to walk in obedience, and as we do, sometimes it seems like nothing changes. Life seems to go on just as usual…

    But don’t discount what God is doing in your life. Even if you can’t see it. Remember, he’s working for our good and His glory. What looks so impossible to you is no challenge for the Almighty God.

    Dear Father, help me to walk in obedience. Others might think I’m silly or crazy for listening to You. But I believe You’re at work here. In the meantime, just like the Israelites, give me the grace and strength to keep waiting for your new beginnings in any area of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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  • Peace Be With You— Enjoying A Christ-Centered Christmas + Free Printable 21 Christmas Journal & Prayer Prompts

    Peace Be With You— Enjoying A Christ-Centered Christmas + Free Printable 21 Christmas Journal & Prayer Prompts

    It’s not uncommon for us to complain about the holiday season from October through the end of December. Saying things like…

    “Christmas has been given mass appeal to commercialization. It’s so secular now,” “it’s materialistic,” we might say.

    “It’s all about Santa and shopping, but what about the Savior?”

    I agree with these sentiments. After all, Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

    But how do we keep Christ in Christmas when we might be caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday? What with decorating trees, shopping for the perfect gifts, Christmas caroling, and nativity plays, hosting family and friends, baking cookies, and don’t forget about pictures with Santa.

    Here, I want to give you ideas and help you reframe your focus so that you can keep Christ as the center of your Christmas activities. And enjoy the holiday in a more peaceful and meaningful way.

    Peace Be With You— Enjoying A Christ-Centered Christmas. Instead, I want to show you how Christ can be a part of everything you have planned this season. Click To Tweet

    This post is NOT about advising you to give up your holiday traditions or making you feel guilty about enjoying the secular things or commercial parts of the holiday season. I enjoy these things too. It’s also not about adding more things to your already overloaded schedule. Instead, I want to show you how Christ can be a part of everything you have planned this season.

    Decorating The Christmas Tree

    Usually the centerpiece of your home. The Christmas tree is a great place to showcase Jesus’ birth. You can tell the Christmas story through nativity-themed ornaments. And, as you string the lights, remind your family that Jesus is the world’s light. Then, when you’re putting that star, angel, or yes, even that bow on the top of the tree, think about the night Jesus was born. Tell your children about the star the wise men followed or the angels that announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. Every time you look at your Christmas tree, you will see Jesus and the joy He brings.

    Watching Christmas Movies

    The Nativity Story is a popular Christmas movie. But you can even use movies about elves, reindeer, and snowmen to spark conversations about faith, hope, and God’s love at work. So, pop the popcorn, put on your PJs and fuzzy socks, grab your blanket, turn on your favorite streaming service, and enjoy a great family night. 

    Shopping & Buying Gifts

    God gave us the most precious gift with the birth of Jesus. Giving is how He showed His great love for us (John 3:16). As you shop for gifts, thank God for Jesus. Be grateful for the blessings you’ve received, and yes, even those lessons learned along the way— even the hard ones. Reflect on the love you want to share with your family and friends through your gifts. 

    Santa Claus

    Even Santa? Why not?! If your family participates in Santa clause— Some do not, you can talk about Christ’s love at work through a man who makes toys and delivers them to children around the world? Show your children God’s love on display. Santa can be used to illustrate how God uses people to bless others. I can’t imagine the Jesus who ate with tax collectors and ministered to Samaritan women would turn away a man who makes toys and delivers them to children. 

    Peace Be With You— Enjoying A Christ-Centered Christmas. Keeping Christ in Christmas is not about banning Santa or the commercialization of the season. It's more about how you live your life than what you buy. The reality is whether… Click To Tweet

    Keeping Christ in Christmas is not about banning Santa or the commercialization of the season. It’s more about how you live your life than what you buy. The reality is whether or not you enjoy a peaceful Christ-centered Christmas is up to you. The best way to have a Christ-centered Christmas is to make Him the center of your celebrations.

    Recognize and celebrate the love and character of Christ that is present all around. Take every opportunity to remind yourself, your family, and your friends about the season’s true meaning. 

    Click on the image to download the 21 Christmas Journal & Prayer Prompts PDF.

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  • When You Love Your Community

    When You Love Your Community

    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 

    1 Corinthians 13:4— NLT

    In a little town not too far from me— Tommy Wynkoop, the owner of Fox’s Pizza Den in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, a small town where winter can be long and unrelenting, showed loving kindness.

    Back in 2014, a snowstorm blew through With bitter cold temperatures keeping people indoors. Employees showed up to work on time with their usual cheerful attitudes. 

    When Tommy saw his employees were able and willing to work, he took to Twitter. He updated his business page to tell residents that they could call or reach out to Fox’s Pizza Den if they needed medications or other errands run. 

    He said no purchase was necessary; he wanted to help his community. He did this because he knew his small town had many elderly residents and was worried they would become stranded or hurt in the storm.

    Tommy saw the hardship the snowstorm brought as an opportunity to give and show kindness. That’s the very definition of love.

    God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others. We can show this kind of love and expect nothing in return. The more we become like Christ, the more love we will show others.

    What situation in your life could you use as a chance to give back and bless others? How can you show love and grace to the community around you?

    You can read the local newspaper story HERE.

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  • Return To Rest

    Return To Rest

    Scripture

    Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. 

    Psalm 116:7— VOICE

    Encouragement

    So often, we have to speak to ourselves, you know, that internal dialog. Usually, when we’re weary, we don’t want to talk much. We typically like to sit down and not speak. We need to remember to tell ourselves to keep going and trust God. 

    The significance of Psalms 116:7 is that sometimes we need to remind ourselves to return to rest. Huh, that means that we leave or forget to rest. Why would we do that? For a lot of reasons, but one is that we take situations on ourselves and try to fix them and forget that we serve a God that is good to us. He takes care of us. We don’t need to worry or leave a place of rest. 

    Return To Rest— So today, if you are weary and forget He is good, go back and remember. Tell yourself, "return to rest, my soul, for God is good to me."  Click To Tweet

    So today, if you are weary and forget He is good, go back and remember. Tell yourself, “return to rest, my soul, for God is good to me.” 

    Pray

    Lord, thank you so much for reminding me that you are good and have every situation or problem of mine in control. I celebrate that I can rest in you today and every day. Thank you for the soul rest. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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  • Happy Holidays Or Merry Christmas?

    Happy Holidays Or Merry Christmas?

    It’s that time of year again – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. And for some folks, a yuletide debate— to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

    It’s been happening for some time now; more and more people have given up the traditional ‘Merry Christmas’ greeting. It’s even a rule in some places of work. That their employees are not allowed to wish anyone a Merry Christmas but must use the greeting Happy Holidays instead. And instead turned to the more generic, and what people see as the non-religious, greeting of” Happy Holidays.

    That was the case for me when I was a Social Worker. It was strongly suggested that we say Happy Holidays. I remember one family I worked with. As I left their home for about two years, I’d say, “Have A Good Holiday.” They said nothing back to me. Then one year, I said my usual ” Have A Good Holiday,” and the mother said rather sternly,” in this house, we say Merry Christmas.” From then on, at least at their home, I knew I was welcome to say Merry Christmas.

    What it really relates to is, what would Jesus do? Would he get upset if someone said Happy Holidays to Him? No. Would he be offended if he said Merry Christmas to someone and they said Happy Holidays back? No. He wouldn’t care about the words people were using during the Holidays.

    Instead, I believe he would be more worried that, as Christians, we were following what John 13:34 says:

    Happy Holidays Or Merry Christmas? Instead, I believe he would be more worried that, as Christians, we were following what John 13:34 says #Sweet Tea & Friends Link Up @jesuschasing Click To Tweet

    “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

    John 13:34—NASB

    If we disagree with others over why saying Happy Holidays is taking Christ out of Christmas, are we helping the situation? Probably not. We must spread love, shine a light and be disciples of Christ.

    Yes, Christmas has become more secular, and the true meaning has been taken out of the celebration in the world around us.

    So, let’s focus on shining God’s love and loving those around us. Whether we agree with Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, or any other phrase people may use! Suppose you correct someone who uses a different holiday greeting rather than Merry Christmas? In that case, you’re likely making a non-situation situation.

    Follow God’s lead— if you feel led to start a conversation with someone about this, please do. If not, smile, thank them, move along, and know they were probably trying to be nice (something this world needs more of with everything going on)!


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  • Book Review: Girl-To-Girl 60 Mother-Daughter Devotions For A Closer Relationship and Deeper Faith— By; Stacey And Bekah Pardoe

    Book Review: Girl-To-Girl 60 Mother-Daughter Devotions For A Closer Relationship and Deeper Faith— By; Stacey And Bekah Pardoe

    I was honored to participate on the launch team for this great book. My heart was warmed throughout my participation. I had so much fun getting to know Stacey and Bekah more intimately.

    This was such a refreshing mother-daughter devotional to read. Tweens and their mothers will love this, written by tween daughter and mother. Stacey and Bekah are so entuned to one another.

    Book Review: Girl-To-Girl 60 Mother-Daughter Devotions For A Closer Relationship and Deeper Faith— By; Stacey And Bekah Pardoe. I felt like I was sitting at their family's kitchen table, having a lighthearted conversation with just… Click To Tweet

    I felt like I was sitting at their family’s kitchen table, having a lighthearted conversation with just the girls. Their pleasing personalities and love of God shine through. This isn’t just a devotional for young girls and their mothers; women of any age will enjoy this devotional. My children are grown, and I read this independently as a middle age woman. 

    Stacey and Bekah provide beautiful insights and encouragement to pause and reflect upon. Each devotion is divided into sections, including a focus Bible verse, “Mom’s Thoughts,” written by Stacey, “Girl to Girl,” written by Bekah, a prayer to read out loud together, and a journaling section for mother and daughter to complete at a later time.

    You will surely find this devotional inspiring, encouraging, and oh-so refreshing. I received an advanced reader copy of this devotional from the authors for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own. 

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Self Control

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Self Control

    This is our last set of affirmations as we explored each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Self-Control

    Lack of self-control can be seen everywhere. It can be seen throughout the ages starting with Adam and Eve. Some others who lost control in Scripture include; David, Moses, Samson, Elijah, Simon Peter, and Paul (before he knew Jesus). The Bible mentions Self-Control 174 times.

    Wikipedia defines self-control as an aspect of inhibitory control, the ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behavior in the face of temptations and impulses. As an executive function, it is a cognitive process that is necessary for regulating one’s behavior in order to achieve specific goals.

    But self-control isn’t just about our temper. It’s about withstanding the urge of temptation to break God’s laws. Self-control regulates all the other fruits of the Spirit.

    Jesus demonstrated self-control when he resisted temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11); didn’t resist arrest (Luke 22: 47-52); was expected to pass judgment (John 8:3-11); and paid temple tribute (Matthew 17:24-27).

    When we show self-control, we demonstrate a godly love rather than a superficial love. It takes self-control when we have Godly joy when facing difficult situations. To get along with others in peace instead of giving into hostility; to patiently deal with others; to be kind and consider the needs of others other than yourself; to do good and not evil. And It takes self-control to be a gentle servant of the Lord.

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Self Control. Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God's will to happen. Click To Tweet

    Our perfect model for self-control is Jesus Christ. He was always the perfect example of using self-control to allow God’s will to happen.

    Here are affirmations and verses about self-control to help you as you grow this invaluable fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.

    Powerful Self-Control

    I choose to display self-control because it’s the fruit that promotes my spiritual growth in and through Christ. 

    For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 

    2 Timothy 1:7— NASB

    Patient Self-Control

    I choose to display self-control during difficult situations. Instead of making rushed decisions, I will patiently wait. 

    Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city. 

    Proverbs 16:32— NET

    Reflections

    Have I lost control of dangerous emotions or sins?

    Would others describe me as calm and collected? If not, why?

    A Self Control Affirmation

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  • Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter

    Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter

    A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

    Proverbs 17:22—NASB

    One of God’s most lovely gifts is the gift of laughter. Laughter can reduce stress brighten your mood, boosts your immune system, lower your blood pressure, and much more. I love to laugh, and I’m grateful to be able to celebrate His gift of laughter.

    Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter. One of God's most lovely gifts is the gift of laughter. I love to laugh, and I'm grateful to be able to celebrate His gift of laughter. Click To Tweet

    Also, laughter causes your brain to produce more endorphins —neurotransmitters that ease pain. You can relish the gift of laughter when you…

    Watch funny videos— Use a website like YouTube or GodTube to find funny videos. You may want to look up search phrases like ‘babies laughing’ or ‘puppies playing,’ funny animals, dog shaming, and the like. I enjoy watching funny animals and dog shaming.

    Did you know— there is a Christian Comedy Association? If you like comedians, look up Lisa Mills, Tim Hawkins, Chonda Pierce, Bob Smiley, and clean ventriloquist Ken Groves, Lisa Mills. These are Christian comedians that keep their routines clean and family-friendly.

    Put on a funny song and dance—Don’t be afraid to do your silliest dance. Some songs that will make you want to dance along include the Macarena, I Like To Move It, Y.M.C.A, The Chicken Dance, Shake Your Sillies Out, and so many more. 

    Let your inner kid out— I know you want to. Run through a sprinkler, splash in a puddle(I do this), make a blanket fort, Play classic games like Follow the leader, Red Light, Green Light, Simon Says, jump in a pile of leaves, color, or build a snowman. You can do these fun things with your children and grandchildren. Your inner kid is waiting.

    You can do some of these things with your family. I don’t have to tell you it’s really messed up here in our world today. Sometimes I think we could all use some time to wholesomely relax, have fun, and not be so serious— and laugh.

    Celebrating Gratitude—The Gift Of Laughter. I'm grateful for those little things that really aren't so little. Click To Tweet

    I’m grateful for those little things that really aren’t so little.

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  • Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Gentleness

    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Gentleness

    Continuing onward in our look at each of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how affirming them cultivates intentional mindfulness within us.

    Affirmations are a statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, 

    In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives us instructions on what we should think or meditate about. 

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

    Philippians 4:8— NLT

    According to Wikipedia, In common language usage, “fruit” usually means the seed-associated fleshy structures (or produce) of plants that typically are sweet or sour and edible. The fruits of the Spirit are fine points that should naturally grow out of the proceedings of the Holy Spirit in our life. 

    But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, Goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23— NLT

    Fruits of the Spirit affirmations are based upon Scripture to inspire us to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit in our daily lives. The word “Spirit” in these affirmations will be capitalized because these are fruits given to us by the Holy Spirit, not ourselves. 

    The fruits of the Spirit are:

    • Love
    • Joy
    • Peace
    • Patience
    • Kindness
    • Goodness
    • Faithfulness
    • Gentleness
    • Self-control
    Fruit Of The Spirit Affirmations— Gentleness. Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time. Click To Tweet

    Each affirmation consists of scriptures, positive affirmations, and questions to motivate you to go deeper in meditation and study time.  

    Say the affirmations and scriptures out loud as you work through the study.  

    Next Up

    Gentleness

    A burly man sat during the children’s church Christmas performance. Tattoos covered his face, neck and arms. He crossed his arms crossed his chest.

    As the performance began, the look on his face changed. His hardened face softened, at times a stray tear could be seen. The last little performers came on stage. Intent listening to their sweet voices as they sang their song.

    As they sang their last note, a little boy broke from the group of singers and quickly ran to the man. The man gently scooped up his little boy and kissed him on his forehead.

    The gentleness the Holy Spirit gives us is not wavering. It’s a robust and coordinated gentleness woven with humility and temperate behavior. Our words and actions matter. We can speak words that heal or hurt and act in ways that hurt or help.

    Here are affirmations and verses about gentleness to encourage you to grow in power and the Spirit of gentleness.

    Attitude of Gentleness

    I choose gentle words to reflect my gentle attitude. The emotion I show in my words is the first window someone may look through to see Jesus in me. So, I choose to speak gentle words. 

    A tender answer turns away rage, but a prickly reply spikes anger.

    Proverbs 15:1—VOICE

    Heavenly Gentleness

    I choose to apply a pearl of heavenly wisdom to my situations. I know the Spirit has given me gentleness, and I choose to use it during difficult situations.

    “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17, NIV

    James 3:17—NIV

    Emotional Gentleness

    I choose to look the other way. And I choose to respond in an emotional gentleness using Christ as my example. 

    Now I, Paul, urge you by the gentleness and graciousness of Christ—I who am meek [so they say] when with you face to face, but bold [outspoken and fearless] toward you when absent! 

    2 Corinthians 10:1—AMP

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