3 Things you need to Live an Unbelievable Fulfilling Life

When I am asked what I want from life, I always say that I want a fulfilling life. When I choose the work I want to do or the things that take up my time, I want them to be fulfilling. But what does having a fulfilling life mean and how do you get it? In today’s post, I will share 3 things you need to live a fulfilling life.

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I think we can all agree that we want something from life. We hope to leave a mark and influence the surrounding people.

I know I want people to remember that I was giving with my time and my talents.

2 Things You Need to Live an Unbelievable Fulfilling Life

1. What does the Bible say?

I know so many people who feel like they are missing something and that no matter what they try, it’s not enough.

As I think about this, I come back to the following verse:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 

John 10:10:

Jesus came so that we may have an abundant life. Living vibrantly should be our focus as Christians. 

We live an abundant life when we thrive right where God has us. 

If we are purposeful with our daily decisions, even our most mundane moments can add up to create a beautiful abundant life.

Life is a gift from God, and it is up to us how we live under His direction. We all have the choice to live in such a way that is honouring to God.

Luke 10:27 tells us we are to love God with all of our heart, strength, soul, and mind.

A large determining factor of how we live are the thoughts going through our heads.

2. Our thoughts shape our life.

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

This verse instructs us to guard our hearts because it is the root of all our issues. Out of our hearts flow the issues of life.

Therefore, we must be mindful of our thoughts. The Bible instructs us to walk in wisdom and we must do so if we are going to have vibrant lives. 

3 ways to live a fulfilling life: 

1. Taking Our Thoughts Captive

 

Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,

2 Corinthians 10:15

This verse tells us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. One of the hardest battles we will fight in purposing to live an abundant life is our thoughts.

We are innate sinners and rarely have thoughts directed towards goodness. We must train our minds to focus on the good. 

This does not mean we live with our heads buried in the sand, refusing to acknowledge that this world is a fallen place.

However, a person living for Christ understands the need to set their mind on things above. Focusing on worldly measures will only tear us down and ruin any hope of living an abundant life. 

We are to be the gatekeepers of our minds, allowing only what will benefit us to pass through, turning away everything else.

What should we think about?

Going to the scriptures we find God tells us what to think about. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

God knows we can’t just turn our brains off and stop thinking about something. Instead, God instructs us we should turn our minds to something else.

Instead of thinking sinful thoughts, we are to think about whatever things are

  • true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy 

Think of your mind as a garden; it is up to you what you grow in this garden. Letting bad thoughts pass the gate of your mind is like allowing weeds to creep in. Eventually, they will choke out all the beauty you have cultivated.

It cannot be stressed enough that the type of thoughts we have will create the type of life we live. Guard your thoughts and protect your life.

Allow goodness to grow and you will flourish in abundance.

 

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2. Stopping the Comparison Game

As females, we can often get swept up in comparing ourselves to others. This may or may not be intentional but if we are going to live beautiful lives, it needs to stop. 

God would not have gone through with your creation if He did not know the world needed you. When we compare ourselves to others, it is like telling God He didn’t do a good enough job creating us. 

Comparison is a heart issue and not something to be taken lightly. Satan wants to see you fail, he wants you to think that you are not good enough and stop you from living your full potential. The time we spend comparing ourselves to others is time that is wasted, and time we can’t get back. 

If we are desiring to live a vibrant life, we don’t have time for Satan and his lies. Stop him in his tracks ladies.

 

Meditate on verses such as

 Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you a hope and a future” and 

Zephaniah 3:17 “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; (The Lord) he will quiet you by his love; he will exalt over you with loud singing.” 

The best way to live a fulfilling life is to realize that God doesn’t make mistakes and that what you perceive as your greatest weaknesses may just be your largest assets. We never are sure how God will use us. Let’s be thankful for the beautiful life we live and stop wasting our time comparing ourselves to others. 

3. Expressing Gratitude and Counting our Gifts 

You cannot have an abundant life apart from Christ, and we know God is love. Since you can’t have an abundant life if you are not doing so in love.

What do you love about this life?

Focus on cultivating those things and notice how your life changes for the better. 

Ask anyone living in abundance and they will tell you just how important the practice of gratitude is. This world is not perfect, it’s not meant to be. We all have hard, messy, imperfect days. That does not mean we can’t look for blessings God has given. 

Might I encourage you to keep a gratitude journal where you record the blessings God has given you? The more you practice looking for these gifts, the more you will find throughout your day. 

Ann Voskamp – the author of One Thousand Gifts (affiliate link) – is quoted as saying

“Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant – a seed – this plants the great miracle.” Its a change of perspective when we begin to count blessings, we lose our sense of entitlement and really begin to notice all God has given. What we have becomes enough. Letting go of what we think our life is supposed to look like allows us to celebrate everything that our life truly is. 

To live a fulfilling life can be accomplished. Purpose to love the Lord with your mind. Decide to live abundantly. Give God your all and watch as He makes it enough. We can live beautiful lives if we are purposeful about doing so. 

In the comment below, share the steps you take to live a fulfilling life.

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The Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth

In today’s fast-paced world filled with constant noise and distractions, finding a quiet time to connect with God can be challenging. 

However, setting aside dedicated time for quiet reflection and Bible reading holds immense importance in nurturing our spiritual well-being. 

In this blog post, I share the Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth and explore the many benefits it offers.

The Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth

1. Nourishes Your Soul

Just as our bodies require nourishment, our souls also need spiritual sustenance. 

One of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it provides the nourishment your inner self craves, offering insights, wisdom, and guidance.

  • Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
  • Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
  • Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

2. Deepens Your Faith

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it deepens your understanding of God and strengthens your faith. 

It allows you to connect with the teachings, stories, and principles that form the foundation of your beliefs.

  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
  • Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
  • James 1:3 Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

3. Finding Clarity: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it provides a sanctuary for your thoughts. 

It’s a space where you can gain clarity about life’s challenges, decisions, and uncertainties through prayer, meditation, and reflection.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

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4. Gaining Perspective: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that The Bible contains a wealth of stories and wisdom that offer valuable perspectives on life’s trials and tribulations. 

Reading it regularly can help you see your circumstances in a broader, spiritual context.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
  • Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

5. Cultivating Inner Peace: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it allows you to calm your mind and nurture a sense of inner peace. It can be a refuge from the stresses of daily life.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

6. Reduces Stress: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that its teachings can provide solace and reduce stress. 

It reminds you of God’s presence and His promise to be with you in all situations.

  • Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
  • Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
  • 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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7. Personal Growth: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it fosters personal growth. 

They encourage you to examine your beliefs, values, and behaviours, leading to positive transformation.

  • 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
  • Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
  • James 1:4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

8. Character Development: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that The Bible’s teachings inspire character development, helping you cultivate virtues such as love, patience, kindness, and forgiveness.

  • Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.
  • Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
  • Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

9. Strengthens Your relationship with God: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it’s an opportunity to connect with God on a personal level. 

It’s a time to pray, seek His guidance, and deepen your relationship with Him.

  • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

10. Listen & learn: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is The Bible is a copy of God’s word where we can hear God speak to us. By reading it, you listen to His words and learn about His nature, His love, and His plan for your life.

  • Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
  • Matthew 7:24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
  • Proverbs 19:20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.

11. Wisdom and Direction: 

Another of the main benefits of daily Bible reading is that it offers timeless wisdom and practical guidance for navigating life’s challenges, making decisions, and finding purpose.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Quiet time and Bible reading are not mere rituals but powerful tools for nurturing your spirit and strengthening your faith. 

By embracing these practices, you can experience spiritual growth, find inner peace, gain clarity, and deepen your relationship with God.

In a world filled with noise and distractions, prioritizing quiet time and Bible reading is a choice that can transform your life and lead you on a path of spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment.

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4 simple steps to prepare Him room

Advent is right around the corner. Advent is a time of year when Christians all around the world prepare for Jesus. Over the years, I have had a hard time remembering Christmas is about Christ. So, this year I want to prepare Him room. Meaning that I want to make room in my life to have a relationship with Jesus. 

While she was there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)

These verses are familiar to us, yet I wonder how often we consider what this passage says to us.

The Story of Mary

Mary and Joseph were travelling while Mary was 9 months pregnant. Since Mary probably knew that she was due soon, she must have packed some supplies, just in case. As Mary and Joseph came closer to the city of David, Mary knew her time had come and that the baby was coming. 

They didn’t have much time to find a safe place for her to deliver the baby. 

They went from inn to inn to see if there was room for her. When I was younger, I thought an inn was a hotel or something similar. But I have learned an inn is actually more like a hospital, or a clinic. 

So, these clinics were so full they had no room for one more patient. Mary and Joseph were so desperate that they found the closest place they could and delivered that baby in a barn. Some believe that it might have been a cave. 

Whatever the place was, it certainly wasn’t part of Mary’s birth plan. 

This birth is a New Testament version of delivering a baby on the side of the road. Inconvenient, uncomfortable, and not sanitary. 

But that is where Jesus was born. 

The son of God, the King of Kings, was born in a barn and laid in a manger. 

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Prepare Him Room

The simple birth of Jesus teaches us so much about God. One day I might write more about that. 

But for now, I want to focus on one area of this story. 

Luke 2:6-7 (NIV) “While she was there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

There was no room for them in the inn. 

As stated above, Inns were like hospitals or clinics. They were made to take people in and care for them. That was their primary aim. But they were too full and turned Mary away. In turning Mary away, they were also turning Jesus away. 

Just like those innkeepers, we too sometimes turn Jesus away. 

We know Jesus and can claim Him as King, but when you look closely at how we live our lives, the evidence shows we don’t have room for Him in our lives. 

I have a strong desire to have a close relationship with God, but over the years barriers kept popping up to prevent my efforts. 

As Advent draws near, I want to spend this week thinking about what I can change in my life to prepare Him room. 

4 simple steps to prepare Him room

1. Repent

The first step to having a relationship with Christ is to repent of our sins. 

  • Romans 3:23 ESV For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Every single person on this earth is sinful. 

  • Isaiah 59:2 ESV But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.

Before salvation, our sin separates us from God. There is a barrier between us and God. 

But thankfully, we have a God who loves us. 

  • Romans 5:8 ESV  But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus’ death on the cross enables us to enter into the presence of God. Jesus died for ALL people. 

If we have never asked God for forgiveness, then we are separated from Him. 

So if you wonder why you feel distant from God, then the first thing to ask yourself is whether you have admitted your sinfulness and asked God to forgive those sins. 

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2. Seek Forgiveness

The bible is full of verses that talk about having unity with each other. Unity with other Christians is so important that Jesus tells us to leave our gifts at the altar and seek the forgiveness of others. 

  • Matthew 5: 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Too often, when we sin against others, we let that sin keep us from coming to Jesus. We feel guilty for doing something wrong and feel like maybe we can’t come to God. 

But that is so far from the truth. As a christian, our sins are already forgiven.  

Some may think this verse proves we must be sinless before offering God a sacrifice, but that’s not true. 

In Christ, Jesus has already made us perfect. 

If you are anything like me, then any arguments distract me. So, when I come to church and plan to worship God, I think about the sins I have committed. God wants our full hearts to worship Him. We can’t do that if we are focused on what we did wrong. 

So Jesus tells us to seek forgiveness and then come. Not because we need to be perfect, but because He wants our full hearts. 

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

Matthew 22:37

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3. Rethink priorities 

2020 was a long and very hard year for many of us. But I think COVID has forced people to think about their lives and their priorities. 

When everything is taken away, what is left? 

Jesus calls us to have our focus and our priorities on Him.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

When we focus on God and make Him a priority, then everything else falls into place. God gives us the energy we need to accomplish His will for our life. Everything else is just extra.

Let’s spend some time and really examine what our priorities are and how we live them out. 

4. Get support 

The Christian life is hard to do alone. So much so that God sent us His Holy Spirit so we would have help. But it doesn’t end there. The New Testament calls us to community and support. God doesn’t expect us to do this alone. 

I just talked about rethinking our priorities. One of our priorities should be the Christian community.

What are you doing today to take part in a Christian community? There are many ways to come together as Christians. But it is up to us to take that step and join in a community. 

I believe that the best way to prepare Him room is by taking part in the Christian community.

Since Community is so important, I recently created a Facebook group called Christian Women’s Growth Group

I created this group for Christian women who are interested in growing their faith in Jesus Christ. In this group, you will find posts for prayer requests, questions about the bible, links to relevant posts, links to resources, and much more. Anything posted is for growing in our faith in Jesus Christ. You can Join by clicking here

In the comments below, share what you are doing to prepare Him room. 

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7 easy ways to create a Christ centered Christmas

My kids are counting down the days until Christmas. They can’t wait to open presents and eat a feast. But, as a Christian mom, I want my kids to know that Christmas is more than all of those things. Christmas is about Jesus. Today, I want to share 7 easy ways to create a Christ centered Christmas.

7 Ways to Create a Christ centered Christmas

1. Skip Santa 

This advice may be extremely controversial. For me, Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa. For that reason, our family skips Santa. 

What does that look like? 

We don’t put presents under the tree from Santa and we don’t line up to get pictures and sit on his lap. 

If we are at an event and Santa is there, then we might go say hi and have a visit or picture, but we don’t spend time with Santa and we don’t spend money on Santa pictures. 

When our kids were young, we did not tell them Santa was not real, but when they asked us about Santa, we would just turn the conversation around. 

We would say: What is Christmas about?  or we would also ask: What is the meaning of Christmas?

Once they had a chance to answer, we would then tell them about Jesus and His birth and why He came. 

Once our children became older, we told them about St. Nicolas, who was an actual person, and that Santa is a representation of him. 

For us, it is more important that our children know what the meaning of Christmas is more than getting lots of presents.

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2. Celebrate Advent 

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity and the return of Jesus at the second coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”. 

By celebrating Advent, you can focus on Christ- the true meaning of Christmas and look towards His coming for the entire Christmas season. 

Having a scripture to read every day and celebrating Advent is a great way to build anticipation. It is also a great way to learn more about Christ, who He is, and why He came. 

Advent starts 4 Sundays before Christmas. (I copied the next paragraphs from this page of Wikipedia)

  1. On the First Sunday (Advent Sunday), they look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.
  2. On the Second Sunday, the Gospel reading recalls the preaching of John the Baptist, who came to “prepare the way of the Lord”; the other readings have associated themes.
  3. On the Third Sunday(Gaudete Sunday), the Gospel reading is again about John the Baptist, and the other readings are about the joy associated with the coming of the Saviour.
  4. On the Fourth Sunday, the Gospel reading is about the events involving Mary and Joseph that led directly to the birth of Jesus, while the other readings are related to these.”
  • 2023: December 3
  • 2024:  December 1
  • 2025: November 30

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3. Keep it simple

Christmas is notorious for being the busiest and most stressful time of the year. We have parties to go to, presents to purchase, family to visit and so much more. 

All of those things are good and should be done, BUT… 

Maybe it’s time to take away some of that Christmas chaos by decreasing all the things we do around the Christmas season. This time of year should focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

Click here to read what I do to decrease the stress of Christmas. 

4. Read Storybooks

Our family loves the Christmas season.  Not only that, but we love to read. Since our kids love to read, we bring out Christmas books over the holiday season for them to read. 

We will either read the books to them or leave them to read them on their own. 

The books we read focus on the Christmas story. 

That way, there are many ways that my kids can learn about what happened on that Christmas day. 

Our family loves Arch Books. They have many stories that focus on Christ’s birth. I love them because they focus on Christ, but each book focuses on a different portion of the story. By reading them all, we can learn about the entire story of Christ’s birth. 

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5. Be a gracious Giver

Jesus is the ultimate gift-giver. He came to earth as a child to live a perfect life and give Himself as a sacrifice for our sins so He could forgive our sins. 

There is no gift that we can give to God or to others that will ever match that one. 

But, one way we can focus on Christ during Christmas is to be more like Him. Since Jesus is the ultimate gift-giver, we also want to give to others during this season. 

We can give to others with our time, money, or possessions. 

When we are gracious givers, we are showing God’s love to others and helping others understand God’s gift to us 

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6. Focus on Thanksgiving

Christmas comes not too far after Thanksgiving. So, it might seem weird to focus on Thanksgiving at Christmas. But it’s important to be thankful at all times, including Christmas Day. 

The Bible tells us to be thankful for all things. 

Christmas is a great time to be thankful for who Jesus is. 

7. Be led to Worship 

The Christmas season is a time to remember who Jesus is and what He has done for us. When we reflect on that, it should lead our hearts to worship. 

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:10-11 (NIV):

The wise men travelled a great distance to come and see Jesus. Once they did, they could not help but to bow down and worship Him. 

We don’t have to travel far to have access to Jesus. 

The death of Jesus made a way for us to have access to the presence of God. We can access God.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess…. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16

So, let’s take advantage of that presence and come before Him. 

When we enter His presence, we won’t be able to help ourselves. The only appropriate action is to worship Him. 

This Christmas season, let’s take some time to stop and reflect on what really matters. 

Jesus came to earth as a child, He grew up and lived as a human, He then became the sacrifice for our Sins. 

What is your response to Jesus?? 

Are we led to worship and awe???? 

Or do we push it all aside so we can finish our task list? 

In the comments below, please share with me how you keep Christ on Christmas.  

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20 Remarkable Christmas verses for cards

Every year we receive Christmas cards from friends. Christmas is a fantastic time of year to write about what has happened over the year and share news and encouragement with friends. If you are anything like me, you like to add bible verses for cards but always come up blank. So, to help you out, I want to share with you 15+ Christmas verses for cards.

20 Christmas verses for cards

1. Verses that direct us to God for our needs

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 Colossians 1:11   “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,”

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2. Verses about God’s ability

Mark 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.’

 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

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3. Verses about Trusting in God

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

4. Verses to guide us in our Christian Walk

 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD for He is good: His love endures forever.

 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

Psalm 117:1-2 “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” –

5. Verses to chase away our fears

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Philippians 4:13 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

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6. Getting Strength from The Lord

Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” 

 Psalm 29:11 “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace.”

Isaiah 40:31 But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

7. Christmas verses for cards: Reminders to Stand Firm

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, knowing that in the LORD your labor is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

This list is just the start of what type of verses you can add to your Christmas cards. For more verses, click here.

In the comments below, share your favourite Christmas verses for cards.

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learning Patience and faith in God’s plan

Has there ever been a time when you were ambitious enough to rush into a situation only to discover a severe consequence? I’ve done this many times, only to discover that there are consequences to doing things your own way. Continue to read as I share a story about learning patience and faith in God’s plan.

This blog post was written by Jen Schreiner. She is an emerging Christian author striving to win lives for Jesus. You can find Jen online through her blog, Instagram, and Facebook. You can learn more about Jen at the end of this post.

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The Consequences of Rushing into Life’s Challenges


If it didn’t happen to me, I would not have believed it could happen. In a four-month span, I was in three separate car accidents.

And I hate to say it, but I kind of asked for it to happen. We know the phrase and use it quite often; “God works in mysterious ways.”

What we see as black and white, or as a choice “A” or choice “B”, God routinely shows us we are working within mindful boundaries.

He makes it a habit to answer our prayers outside of our frames of reference. He takes mystery, packaged up in our boxed limitations, and expands it into an unexplored reveal.

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Seeking Divine Help in Moments of Desperation


When I prayed for God to help me. I was in desperate need of His help. My kids and the patients I help serve at the hospital left me in search of more patience.

It made being a mom and a nurse overwhelming as both work and home life collided. My reflection of God’s logic gave me comfort.

I believed He would give me endurance and peace of mind in my heart.

But what I didn’t know is He would grow my heart through lessons of experience.

If I had known ahead of time, I would not have signed up for these challenges. I am glad He never gave me that choice.

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Lessons Learned Through Adversity

After my first accident, I sat in my car, embarrassed to admit, in a state of total loss of control. I remember banging my fists on the steering wheel, screaming in a fit of rage. Yes, this is not the person you would meet today.

The wisest man, Solomon, once spoke,

Desire without knowledge is not good — Whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.

Proverbs 19:2 (ESV)

Rushing seems to be our way of life. It is quite the opposite of having or obtaining patience at any given moment.

In my first sixty seconds after my car accident, there was no count to five, or a deep breath of surrender, as I faced an out-of-my-control situation. I was angry and ugly. I reacted fast as I resisted patience and insisted on my own will.

Roughly three weeks later, I got my car back from the shop and one week later, I was in my second car accident. This time, I was better, but still remained frustrated. This time I didn’t have my adult-sized tantrum. Instead, I began to peel away the layers of having my way and honouring God’s word.

God tells us to take up His cross because His yoke is light (Matthew 11:29). Getting wrapped up in trying to maintain my identity and self-worth, I found moving with haste easy.

I relied on myself and removed Him from the equation. When I freely gave up my right to react as I desired, I gave into acquiring the desire to have patience.

Embracing God’s Purpose

Isn’t it funny how much we want to change, but we want it on our terms? When we release situations, behaviours, and attitudes into God’s hands, His purpose arises.

So, when my third accident occurred which caused my black glossy passenger side door to be etched in silver paint and my side-view mirror to be ripped off by a very large truck, I thanked Jesus!

My motivation to speak out of anger transformed into having compassion for others.

Praise the Lord, for His willingness never to give up on me.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

What does The Bible say about suicide?

According to The CDC, in 2021- 48183 people died by suicide in The USA. That is 1 death every 11 minutes. That is a staggering amount! With so many people committing suicide, why is The Church not talking about this? People want to know what The Bible says about suicide and want to know how to face these very real and hard issues. I can’t promise that this post will solve the problem, but I will answer the Question: What does The Bible say about suicide?

Anytime I want to know What The Bible says about something, I do a simple word search in Bible Gateway or my Bible App. But this time, that search wasn’t helpful because The Bible does not explicitly address the topic of suicide, and it does not contain specific verses that directly discuss the act of taking one’s own life. 

Since we can’t look at the exact issue, does that mean The Lord doesn’t care about suicide or that Christians can’t have a Biblical view on this topic? 

The answer is NO to both of those questions. 

The Lord does care when His children are hurting and commit suicide or want to commit suicide. Not only that but as Christians, we can take Christian principles and apply them to the way we look at suicide. 

In today’s post, I will share 6 Biblical principles and teachings that are relevant when discussing suicide.

6 Biblical principles: What does the bible say about suicide?

1. Sanctity of Life:

The Bible emphasizes the sanctity of human life in 2 different ways. 

A) Life as a Divine Gift:

The Bible teaches that life is a precious gift from God. 

These verses tell us the direct involvement of God in the formation of each person in the womb. 

By telling us that life is a gift given to us from God. This gift indicates the value of each individual. 

B) Created in the Image of God

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. 

Genesis 1:27

This verse clearly tells us that all human beings are created in the image of God. This statement emphasizes the inherent value of every human being. 

The idea that humanity bears the image of God means that each individual possesses qualities like love, creativity, reason, and moral responsibility.

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2. A Commandment NOT to kill: 

In the book of Exodus, God delivered the Ten Commandments to the Israelites through Moses as a foundational guide for their moral and ethical conduct. 

Among these commandments, the sixth one stands out prominently:

You shall not murder.

Exodus 20:13

This verse is interpreted by many to mean that taking an innocent life, including our own, is morally wrong and that it’s our responsibility to preserve and protect life.

May Christians believe that our own life is also innocent and that suicide is not a good thing to do. 

This commandment demonstrates a deep respect for people’s lives and clearly says not to purposely harm or kill someone who hasn’t done anything wrong. 

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3. Hope and Healing: 

The Bible offers messages of hope, healing, and comfort to those who may be struggling with despair, depression, or thoughts of self-harm. 

These messages of hope are particularly important in addressing the emotional and mental struggles that can lead to thoughts of suicide.

It encourages seeking help, relying on faith, and turning to God in times of trouble

A) Seeking Help:

The Bible acknowledges the importance of seeking help when facing overwhelming challenges.

It encourages individuals to reach out to others, whether it be friends, family, or professionals, for support. The act of seeking help is seen as a courageous step toward healing and restoration.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:18 (NIV)

This verse acknowledges the emotional pain and distress that people can experience, describing them as “brokenhearted” and “crushed in spirit.”

It suggests that when individuals are going through difficult times or struggling emotionally, they don’t have to face it alone.

They can reach out to God, who is portrayed as being near and attentive to their pain. Seeking help, in this case, involves turning to God for comfort and solace.

The verse encourages believers to rely on their faith in God’s compassion and presence. It’s an affirmation that, even in times of trouble, they can place their trust in God’s love and care. This reliance on faith means believing that God is a source of strength and comfort.

The verse also suggests that turning to God is a natural response when facing emotional or spiritual turmoil. It implies that God is a refuge and a source of salvation for those who seek Him in times of distress. In doing so, individuals acknowledge their dependence on God’s grace and intervention.

B) Relying on faith

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

In these verses, Jesus extends a direct invitation to those who are weary and burdened, inviting them to “come” to Him.

This invitation is a clear demonstration of the need to seek help. Jesus acknowledges that life can be filled with weariness and burdens, and He encourages people to turn to Him for relief and rest.

These verses emphasize the act of turning to Jesus as a response to life’s struggles. It implies that by turning to Him, individuals place their trust in God’s provision and care.

The promise of finding rest for one’s soul underscores the idea that God is the ultimate source of comfort and healing in times of trouble.

Psalm 34:18 and Matthew 11:28-30 illustrate the biblical perspective on seeking help, relying on faith, and turning to God in times of trouble. 

They emphasize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous and faith-filled step. 

It also underscores the idea that faith in God’s presence and compassion can provide solace and that turning to God is a natural response when facing life’s challenges.

The Bible offers a message of hope and healing that is relevant and comforting to those facing despair, depression, or thoughts of self-harm, including those struggling with the idea of suicide.

It encourages seeking help, relying on faith, and turning to God and the community in times of trouble. These biblical principles emphasize the value of life, the importance of support, and the promise of restoration for those who are hurting.

4. Redemption and Forgiveness: 

The Bible also offers a message of hope and redemption for those who may have done something wrong or who have faced despair. 

The Bible contains many stories of redemption and forgiveness that provide hope for individuals who may have faced despair or made mistakes, including those contemplating the idea of suicide. 

These stories emphasize the possibility of transformation through repentance and God’s boundless mercy.

A) King David’s Story:

One of the best examples in the Bible is the story of King David. David, described as a man after God’s own heart, made serious mistakes, including committing adultery with Bathsheba and orchestrating the death of her husband, Uriah.

His actions were morally wrong and caused him and the nation immense pain. However, when confronted by the prophet Nathan, David expressed deep remorse and sought God’s forgiveness with a repentant heart (2 Samuel 12:13).

God forgave him and continued to use him in significant ways. This story illustrates that even those who have committed serious sins and mistakes can find forgiveness and renewal through genuine repentance.

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B) The Prodigal Son:

In Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), a young man squanders his inheritance and finds himself in a state of destitution and despair.

When he returns to his father, he expects to be rejected. Instead, he is welcomed with open arms.

This parable teaches us That God is like that father, watching and waiting for our return.  It also shows us that God’s love and forgiveness are available to those who turn back to Him, no matter how far they may have strayed, or how many sins they have committed.

C) Paul’s Transformation:

The apostle Paul, formerly known as Saul persecuted early Christians before his conversion.

His transformation into one of Christianity’s greatest evangelists demonstrates the power of God’s grace and the potential for radical change.

Paul’s story illustrates that individuals who have engaged in harmful actions can experience a complete turnaround through faith in Christ.

These accounts demonstrate that while people may make mistakes and face despair, there is hope for redemption and forgiveness through genuine repentance and faith. 

They teach us the principle that God’s love and mercy are not limited by our past actions and that a sincere desire to change and seek God’s forgiveness can lead to transformation and a renewed sense of purpose.

For those struggling with thoughts of suicide, these stories offer hope. That even in the darkest moments, there is the possibility of healing and redemption. 

They encourage individuals to turn to God, seek help, and recognize that their past does not define their future. 

5. Love & Compassion: 

Christianity places a strong emphasis on love, compassion, and support for individuals who are experiencing emotional pain, suffering, or despair, including those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. 

These principles are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the broader biblical message.

  • Matthew 22:39 – Love Your Neighbor: In response to a question about the greatest commandment, Jesus emphasizes the importance of loving one’s neighbour as oneself. This teaching extends to caring for the well-being of others, including those who may be suffering emotionally or spiritually.
  • Matthew 25:31-46 – The Parable of the Sheep and Goats: In this parable, Jesus illustrates the concept of neighbourly love by emphasizing acts of compassion and service to those in need. He identifies acts of kindness, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and imprisoned, as expressions of love toward Him. This teaching reinforces the idea that Christians are called to care for the vulnerable and extend compassion to those who are suffering.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus’ actions align with his teachings on compassion. He healed the sick, comforted the sorrowful, and showed kindness to those who were marginalized or outcasts.

His ministry exemplified the principle of reaching out to those in emotional pain and despair, offering hope and healing.

In the context of thoughts of suicide, these Christian principles emphasize the importance of a supportive and compassionate community. 

Christians are encouraged to extend a helping hand, listen non-judgmentally, and provide emotional support to individuals facing emotional struggles. The teachings of Jesus promote a culture of love and compassion, reinforcing the idea that each person is valuable and worthy of care and assistance.

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6. Support and Community: 

The Bible provides a profound perspective on the importance of support and community, which is highly relevant in the context of individuals facing emotional distress, including those contemplating suicide. 

This biblical principle emphasizes the role of faith communities and support networks in providing strength, solace, and healing.

A) Carry each other’s burdens

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.

This verse encourages us to bear one another’s burdens. This verse highlights the importance of empathy and support within the Christian community.

It suggests that Christians are called to walk alongside one another, offering a helping hand and a listening ear to those who are burdened by emotional pain or difficulties.

It suggests that when individuals are burdened by emotional pain, suffering, or despair, their fellow believers should come alongside them, offering assistance, empathy, and care.

This mutual support is an expression of the love and compassion that Christians are called to embody.

B) Confess your sins to each other

James 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

This verse instructs believers to “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”

This verse highlights the importance of openness and vulnerability within the faith community.

It encourages individuals to share their struggles, including emotional distress, with trusted members of their community.

Through confession and prayer, believers can find emotional and spiritual healing, knowing that they are not alone in their challenges.

Biblical Examples of Supportive Community:

A) Job’s “Support “Friends”

In the Old Testament, we see examples of individuals finding solace and strength through their faith communities. Job, who endured great suffering, had friends who initially offered comfort (Job 2:11-13). However, the story also highlights the importance of compassionate and supportive companionship during times of distress.

B) Christian Community

In the New Testament, the early Christian community in Acts 2:42-47 exemplifies a model of mutual support, fellowship, and caring for one another’s needs. This sense of unity and shared concern fostered a supportive environment for those facing challenges.

In the context of thoughts of suicide, these biblical principles emphasize the value of reaching out to one’s faith community and support networks. 

Christians are encouraged not to bear their emotional burdens alone but to seek help, understanding, and prayer from their fellow believers. 

This community approach creates a sense of belonging and care, providing people with the strength and encouragement they need during difficult times. 

In a perfect Christian church, we would show compassion and be a supportive Christian community that strengthens the well-being of each member, particularly when they are facing emotional distress or despair.

Conclusion: 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please seek help from mental health professionals, counsellors, or support networks. 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). This free and confidential hotline is available 24/7 and connects you with trained crisis counsellors who can provide support and resources.
  • Crisis Text Line (U.S.): Text HELLO to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. Trained crisis counsellors are available via text message to provide support and assistance.
  • Local Crisis Hotlines: Many communities have local crisis hotlines or mental health crisis services. Look for local resources in your area, as they can provide immediate assistance and referrals to local mental health professionals.
  • Emergency Services: If you believe someone is in immediate danger or has harmed themselves, call 911 or your local emergency number. Emergency responders can provide immediate assistance.
  • Mental Health Professionals: Seek help from mental health professionals, such as therapists, counsellors, or psychiatrists. They can provide therapy and treatment for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts.

While the Bible does not directly address suicide, its teachings promote a profound respect for human life and a call to care for the well-being of one another, particularly during moments of despair or crisis.

It is important for individuals and communities to address the complex issue of suicide with understanding and empathy while seeking appropriate professional assistance when necessary.

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What does The Bible say about prayer

The purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. But, what does The Bible say about prayer?

The Bible contains numerous verses and passages that emphasize the importance of prayer, its purpose, and how believers should approach it. 

Continue to read as I share with you 5 things The Bible says about prayer. 

What does The Bible say about prayer?

1. The Lord gives us an example of prayer 

The Bible doesn’t just tell us to pray, but it also gives us examples of how we can pray. 

One of the most popular examples is The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew. 

This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

These verses are a great model for us to use when we pray. 

The Lord’s Prayer consists of six key elements:

  • Our Father in Heaven: This establishes a personal and reverent relationship with God, emphasizing His position and loving care.
  • Hallowed be your name: praises God’s holiness and reminds us to approach God with humility and wonder.
  • Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven: represents our surrender to God’s divine plan and desire to follow His purpose & plan for our lives.
  • Give us today our daily bread: We can pray to The Lord and request not only spiritual nourishment but physical nourishment as well. This shows our dependence on God.
  • And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors: This describes the importance of asking for forgiveness and giving it to others.
  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one: Acknowledges our tendency to veer off course and shows our need to seek God’s guidance, and protection, and the need for His support in our daily lives.

2. We should replace worry with prayer 

It is well known that just stopping a behaviour is not good enough. If we truly want to stop a certain behaviour, we MUST replace it with something different. 

We see this in scripture when it comes to worry and prayer. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

The Bible doesn’t promise believers an easy life. It states clearly that life can bring about circumstances that cause stress. But, The Lord doesn’t just let believers dwell on the stresses of life. 

The Bible offers a powerful alternative—prayer. 

By turning to God in prayer, believers can release their anxieties and concerns into His capable hands, seeking His guidance, help, and comfort.

The peace of God will guard your hearts

In the second portion of the verse, The Bible says: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is a clear promise that says- when we present our requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving, we are not left in a state of fear or worry. Instead, we receive a profound, supernatural peace—a peace that goes beyond human comprehension.

Significance: This promise defines the amazing power of prayer. It assures believers that when they spend time communicating with God, they can experience a peace that defies logic and surpasses the circumstances. This peace acts as a guard, protecting our hearts and minds from the grip of anxiety and worry.

This passage reminds us that, through prayer, we can find not only relief from anxiety but also a profound and unexplainable peace that stems from our trust in a loving and caring God.

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3. Give Thanks in all things 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

These verses describe a clear set of instructions for believers, focusing on the importance of rejoicing, prayer, and gratitude in the Christian life. 

The set of instruction are as follows: 

  • Rejoice Always: This is a command that encourages a constant spirit of joy rooted in Christ, even amidst life’s challenges. It encourages Christians reminding them that our faith can be a source of joy and comfort in all circumstances.
  • Pray Continually: Believers are encouraged to maintain an ongoing, prayerful attitude. This means seeking God’s guidance and comfort throughout the day, emphasizing a close and consistent relationship with God.
  • Give Thanks in All Circumstances: Expressing gratitude, even in difficult times, acknowledges God’s presence and sovereignty. It deepens our faith and helps us keep a positive view.

4. Confess our sins 

Before we can have a relationship with God, we must confess our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness.  

We only need to ask for salvation once, but we should continually be asking for forgiveness as we fall into different sins. 

The Bible tells us that, not only should we confess our sins to Him, but we should confess our sins to each other and pray for one another.  

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16 (NIV)

James encourages believers to confess their sins to each other and to pray for one another’s healing. 

This practice has several layers of significance:

  • Community and Accountability: Confessing sins to fellow believers creates a sense of community and accountability within the local and global church. This tells us that we are not meant to live the challenges of this life alone but as a supportive and caring group of people.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Healing: Confession can be emotionally liberating and spiritually rejuvenating. Sharing our struggles and sins can help alleviate guilt, shame, and emotional burdens. This act of vulnerability can lead to spiritual healing and growth.

These verses encourage all believers to practice vulnerability and accountability by confessing sins to one another and praying for healing. 

It also highlights the power and effectiveness of a righteous person’s prayer, rooted in faith and aligned with God’s will. 

This passage reminds us that prayer is a powerful tool for seeking healing, both physically and spiritually, and that it is an essential part of the Christian life.

5. Everyone can find The Lord

Some people believe that God doesn’t see them and that they can’t find God. 

This is the furthest thing from The Truth as The scripture promises us that if anyone seeks God, they will find Him! 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

These verses tell us that we have access to God and promise that those who seek Him will indeed find Him:

Asking, Seeking, and Knocking:

  • Ask: This verse encourages believers to ask God for what they need or desire. It reflects the idea that prayer is a means of making requests and expressing one’s needs and desires before God.
  • Seek: Seeking goes beyond asking; it implies a deeper, intentional pursuit of God’s presence, guidance, and truth. It suggests a sincere desire for a deeper understanding of God and His will.
  • Knock: Knocking on a door implies persistence and a desire for entry. In the context of prayer, knocking represents the act of approaching God persistently, seeking a deeper relationship or a specific answer to prayer.

The Promise of Receiving, Finding, and the Door Opening:

The verses make a powerful promise: “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” 

This promise emphasizes that God is approachable, responsive, and open to our desires.

  • Receiving: When we ask, God promises that we will receive, suggesting that our prayers are not in vain. However, it’s important to remember that the answer to our prayers may not always align with our expectations, but it will align with God’s will.
  • Finding: Those who seek God with sincerity will find Him. This implies that God is close and wants a close relationship with you. He is not hiding, and anyone who looks for Him will find Him
  • The Door Opening: Knocking signifies our desire to find God. When we do knock, God promises to open the door, indicating that He welcomes us into His presence and invites us to experience a closer relationship with Him.

These verses tell us that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can find the Lord through prayer and seek His guidance and presence in their lives.

Conclusion:

There are many verses about prayer in The Bible, but I believe the examples above give you a good window into the amazing relationship we can have with God. 

Prayer is not like rubbing a lamp and asking for what we want. 

It’s a means of talking to God and having a close relationship with Him.

Overall, these verses highlight the significance of prayer as a means of seeking God, finding peace, seeking forgiveness, and connecting with Him on a personal level. 

They also emphasize the importance of faith, persistence, and the transformative power of prayer in the Christian life.

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How to choose A Bible Reading Plan

I’ve been serving The Lord since I was a child and one thing I love doing is helping people start reading The Bible. One of the best ways to read The Bible consistently is by following a Bible Reading Plan. Continue to read as I share how to choose a Bible Reading Plan that works for you. 

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How to choose a Bible Reading Plan that works for you

1. Decide what type of Bible Reading Plan you want to follow

There are many types of Bible reading plans and it’s important you take some time and think about what you want to read in The Bible and the type of plan that will work for you. 

2. Get a copy of the plan

Some Bible reading plans on digital and others are physical. Whatever type of plan you choose, make sure you have a copy. 

So that means downloading an app, setting up an email service, printing off a Bible reading plan, or purchasing a book plan. 

Whatever path you choose, make sure you have a copy of the plan with you. 

3. Make The Bible Reading Plan accessible 

As a Christian, I desire to read The Word of God, but it’s still hard for me to follow through on reading The Bible every day. 

It seems like there are always distractions that keep me from reading The Bible. 

One way I can help minimize the distractions is by having my Bible reading plan accessible. 

That means the plan is either on our phone (email or app), or a copy of the plan is tucked in your Bible.

Having your plan accessible will save you time because you won’t have to look for it and be distracted by everything you see around you in your search. 

1 Year Bible reading plan

4. Track your process 

As a Christian, I’ve often felt guilty about how much I read The Bible or not. But, through the years, I’ve learned that the guilt I feel isn’t related to what God thinks about it. 

God loves us so much. His love doesn’t change regardless of how much we read The Bible. 

But, when we want to improve in an area- one thing that can help is tracking how often we do it. 

That means that when we make a goal to read The Bible more often- it’s important for us to see if we reach that goal or not. 

The Best way to track your Bible reading is to use a tracking sheet to give you a visual of the days you read The Bible, and the days you didn’t. 

This tracker is not to make you feel guilty about missing a day- it’s helping you see whether you meet your goals. 

5. Make adjustments 

Once you have followed your plan for a couple of weeks- it’s important that you take a minute to see whether it’s working. 

If you have a goal of reading The Bible every day- track your progress for at least a week. 

Then, sit down and see what days you missed and what days you didn’t. Once you have done that, take some time to think about the days you missed. 

Instead of feeling guilty about the days you missed, think about why you missed that day. 

Where are you busy, tired, or distracted? 

There are many reasons we miss reading our Bible each day. We can take that information and use it to decide what steps we need to take next. 

If we haven’t missed too many days, it’s a good sign that your quiet time routine is working. 

If you’ve missed over 4 days in a week- then it is time to analyze why you are missing those days and take the time to adjust your goal. 

Maybe you need to pick a new time of day or pick a different type of reading plan that gives us more or less scripture to read per day.

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Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer in Life

Prayer is a universal practice found in various forms. It’s a deeply personal and spiritual act that serves a multitude of purposes. In Christianity, it’s important to understand the purpose of prayer. It is key to nurturing one’s faith and building a meaningful relationship with God. Continue to read as I share with you the deeper purpose of prayer. 

Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer

1. Communication with God: 

At its core, the purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. 

Just as any relationship requires conversation, prayer allows individuals to converse with the Creator, seeking comfort, guidance, and companionship.

  • Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
  • Psalm 66:19-20 But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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2. Seeking Guidance and Wisdom: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is for people who are seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. 

In moments of uncertainty or decision-making, believers turn to prayer to gain insight and clarity. 

Through prayer, individuals can tap into the wisdom and understanding that God offers, helping them navigate life’s challenges and choices.

  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • 1 Kings 3:9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?

3. Finding Peace and Solace: 

Life can be filled with stress, anxiety, and turmoil. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it provides a refuge for people who need peace and solace in the midst of life’s storms. 

Prayer offers a space where individuals can cast their burdens upon God, finding comfort and reassurance in His presence. 

The act of prayer itself can be a calming practice.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  • Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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4. Expressing Gratitude: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it’s a way to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the blessings in one’s life. 

It allows individuals to acknowledge the goodness and abundance they’ve received, fostering a spirit of appreciation and humility.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

5. Confession and Repentance: 

Another purpose of Prayer is that it also serves as a means of confession and repentance. 

Prayer provides a way for individuals to acknowledge their shortcomings, seek forgiveness, and renew their commitment to living for The Glory of God. 

  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

6. Building Trust and Faith: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it builds trust and faith in God. By regularly connecting with the divine, individuals develop a deeper sense of reliance on God’s providence and a strengthened faith that transcends life’s trials.

  • Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.
  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

7. Intercession and Petition: 

Prayer isn’t only focused on personal needs but extends to intercession and petition for others. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is to pray for the well-being of friends, family, and the broader community. 

This act of selflessness strengthens bonds of compassion and solidarity.

  • 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

8. Relationship Building: 

Ultimately, prayer is about growing and deepening one’s relationship with God. 

It’s a two-way dialogue that fosters intimacy, trust, and love between the believer and the divine. 

Through prayer, individuals can experience the presence of God in their lives and grow in their understanding of His will.

  • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • Psalm 63:1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

These Bible verses beautifully illustrate examples of prayer for various purposes. 

Whether it’s communicating with God, seeking guidance and wisdom, finding peace and solace, expressing gratitude, confessing and repenting, building trust and faith, interceding for others, or nurturing a deeper relationship with the Divine, the Bible offers guidance and inspiration for a rich and meaningful prayer life. 

The purpose of prayer in Christianity is so much more than just asking for help or salvation. It’s also a way to communicate with God. It gives us guidance, and solace, and builds our relationship with God. 

Through prayer, we can show our gratitude, make our confession, and praise The Lord for who He is and what He has done.

Prayer is a rich spiritual practice that shows our need for spiritual connection, growth, and divine intervention in our lives. 

Understanding these purposes can transform our prayer time from a ritual or habit into a profound and deep reliance on God in all aspects of our lives. 

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In this challenge, you’ll receive daily guidance, inspirational verses, and practical tips to enrich your quiet time.

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  • Insights to make your devotional time more impactful
  • How to understand the context of the passage
  • And so much more!

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How a Bible Reading Routine Can Strengthen Your Faith

Creating a Bible reading routine is like having a secret time to talk to God and learn all the amazing things the Bible teaches us. When we read the Bible regularly, it helps us find answers when we’re curious, feel better when life is hard, and celebrate when life is awesome. Plus, it brings us closer to God, helps us figure out why we’re here, and gives us strength when life throws tricky stuff our way. 

Now, let’s dive deeper into why having a Bible reading routine is so important in our faith journey, explore the amazing benefits, and learn how to overcome some common challenges along the way.

The importance of a Bible reading routine

Creating a Bible reading routine is important in the life of a believer.

It’s a special time to connect with God and learn from the Bible’s teachings. 

When we read the Bible regularly, we can find answers to our questions, feel better when things are tough, and celebrate when things are great. 

It helps us get closer to God, understand why we’re here, and deal with life’s ups and downs. 

So, having a routine to read the Bible isn’t just a good habit to have, it’s so much more.

The significance of a consistent Bible reading routine

Imagine your faith journey is like a big adventure. Reading the Bible regularly is like having a special map for this journey. It helps you stay on the right path and understand where you’re going. 

When we read the Bible often, we can grow closer to God and feel His love and direction in our lives. 

Scripture tells us that God’s word is a light on our path- a flashlight in the dark, showing us the way to live our lives and how to be strong in our faith.

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

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The spiritual benefits of regular Bible reading:

Reading The Bible regularly is like eating healthy food for your spirit. 

It makes you feel good inside and helps us be strong in our faith! 

When we read the Bible, we learn important lessons about being kind, patient, and understanding. 

It’s like having a friend who gives us advice and helps us become better people. 

Reading the Bible also brings us peace and happiness. As we read The bible, we feel closer to God and feel His presence as He loves us and reminds us that we are loved and never alone. 

So, reading the Bible isn’t just a task; it strengthens us and helps us become more like God.

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You might face some Challenges

There can be some common challenges that you may face when trying to start a routine of reading the Bible. 

These challenges may discourage us, but it’s important to remember that all Christians struggle at one point or another, and we can all grow stronger in our faith as we learn to overcome them. 

There are a few things that we can do to overcome these challenges. 

3 things you can do to overcome these challenges

1. Sett Clear Goals

The first thing you can do to read your Bible more regularly is to set specific and achievable goals. 

First, think about what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to read a certain number of chapters each week or explore a particular book in the Bible. 

Make your goal clear, like saying, “I’ll read one chapter every day.” It’s important to choose a goal that fits your schedule and feels doable. 

Then, break your goal into smaller steps, like reading a little bit each day. This makes it easier to stay on track. 

Remember, setting goals is like putting stepping stones on your path to growing closer to God through the Bible. It’s exciting and achievable!

2. Use Reading Plans and Resources

Using reading plans and resources can make your Bible reading take less time and help you focus by allowing you to follow a pre-made path! 

There are different plans and tools to help you read the Bible in a structured way. 

For instance, you can find reading plans that focus on specific topics or books in the Bible. 

You can also use devotional books and study guides, which are like friendly companions that explain what you read and help you understand it better. 

These resources make it easier to connect with the Bible’s teachings. 

And if you like using technology, there are cool online tools and apps that offer reading plans and insights at your fingertips. 

So, don’t be afraid to try these resources—they’re like friends helping you on your amazing journey of faith!

3. Be Accountable to a friend

The last thing you can do to read your Bible more regularly is

To Stay accountable to a friend. 

It’s like having buddies cheering you on during a race. 

This is the secret to success because it helps you stay on track and not give up. 

When you tell your friends or family, or even join online groups about your Bible reading plan, it’s like making a promise to them. 

Your friends can encourage you and share their own experiences, making your journey more exciting. 

You can also have regular check-ins with them to talk about what you’ve learned and ask questions. 

It’s like having a team of supporters making sure you finish the race strong. 

So, don’t be shy; involve others in your Bible reading journey, and together, you’ll go far!

Conclusion:

Having a consistent Bible reading routine isn’t always easy. Some days, it may feel hard to open your Bible. 

I know how that feels, and I just want to encourage you to open your Bible as often as you can. 

Reading The Bible regularly serves as a light on a dark path. 

When we read God’s word, we create a closer relationship with God. 

Not only that, The Bible is full of wisdom, and a source of inner peace and strength, offering guidance, comfort, and so much more.

As we take this journey, let’s remember that consistency in reading the Bible is not about perfection but about the transformation it brings to our hearts and lives.

So, keep that routine going, even on days when it’s tough. Keep seeking the wisdom of the Bible, and you’ll continue to grow in faith and find the peace and joy that comes from connecting with God’s Word. 

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As a mom of 3 kids, I know how busy life can get and how hard it can be to add new things to your busy schedule. 

That is why I am thrilled to invite you to our upcoming “Transform Your Quiet Time ” Challenge! 

This is a FREE 5-day challenge that is designed especially for Christian women like you, seeking to cultivate a meaningful quiet time practice.

During this challenge, you will learn:

  • How to create a personalized quiet time plan
  • Insights to make your devotional time more impactful
  • How to understand the context of the passage
  • And so much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to transform your quiet time and flourish in your faith! 

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Why it’s important to know your identity

Why it’s important to know your identity? The world is having an identity crisis. Everywhere you look, people are changing their looks, their beliefs and so much more trying to fit into a group. People know there is something missing and don’t know what to do. 

But scripture tells us that we were created by God to have a relationship with Him. Nothing is going to make us feel accepted and whole except for a relationship with Him. 

This is why it’s so important to know your identity in Christ. 

8 reasons it’s important to know your identity in Christ

1. Authenticity and Fulfillment

Discovering our identity in Christ* allows us to be our authentic selves. When we embrace who God created us to be, we find genuine fulfillment and purpose in life.

Trying to fit into society’s mould may bring temporary approval but often leaves us feeling unfulfilled and disconnected from our true selves.

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2. Freedom from Comparison:

Society often promotes comparison, leading to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.

By understanding our worth in Christ, we break free from the need to compare ourselves to others.

We recognize that our value comes from God’s love, not from meeting society’s unrealistic standards.

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3. A Solid Foundation:

The world’s standards are ever-changing, leaving us uncertain and anxious. In contrast, knowing our identity in Christ provides a stable foundation.

We can confidently navigate life’s challenges, knowing we are secure in our relationship with God.

4. Resilience in Adversity:

Life can throw various trials our way, and conforming to societal expectations may not equip us to handle them effectively.

When we anchor our identity in Christ, we develop resilience, relying on God’s strength and promises during difficult times.

5. Rejecting Harmful Influences:

Society’s standards can sometimes promote unhealthy behaviours and beliefs.

Understanding our identity in Christ helps us discern what aligns with God’s truth and reject harmful influences that lead us away from His purpose for us.

6. Genuine Connections:

Embracing our identity in Christ allows us to form deeper, authentic connections with others.

When we are genuine, we attract like-minded individuals who appreciate us for who we truly are, fostering meaningful relationships and community.

7. Living a Purpose-Driven Life:

God has a unique plan for each of us. Exploring our identity in Christ helps us recognize our God-given talents, passions, and purpose.

As we align with His design, we experience a life of meaning and significance.

8. Positive Influence:

When we know who we are in Christ, we can positively influence others by reflecting His love and grace.

Our actions and words become a testament to God’s transformative power and inspire others to seek their identity in Him.

In a world that constantly bombards us with messages about how we should look, behave, and succeed, exploring our true identity in Christ is essential for our well-being and spiritual growth. 

It empowers us to live authentically, confidently, and purposefully, drawing strength from our relationship with God rather than seeking approval from the world.

By doing so, we embrace the abundant life God intended for us, impacting not only ourselves but also those around us with the light of Christ.

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