turn past struggles into building blocks of faith

If you are reading this, I’m going to assume you’ve travelled down some hard roads. The Bible tells us we will face trials of various kinds. If you want to grow in your faith, it’s important to learn from our struggles. Continue to read how to turn past struggles into building blocks of faith.

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John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I don’t know about you, but if it were up to me, I would never choose to walk through trials. 

I’ve gone through quite a few and would love not to revisit them, or wish those trials for anyone else. 

The bad news is that trials can’t be avoided. 

The good news is, that the trials we face can help us grow and become building blocks to our faith. 

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love.

1 Peter 1: 6-7

When our faith is tested, it can encourage others in their faith, bring glory to God, and strengthen our foundation to face the next trial. 

So, how does this all work? 

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How to turn past struggles into building blocks of faith

I love giving examples from the Bible, so that’s what I’m going to do now. 

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4 NKJV

These verses tell us again that we will face trials. But these verses also assure us that trials have a purpose and can help us grow. 

How do trials help us grow? 

As I think about our walk with The Lord, I can’t help but compare it to the physical growth we go through in our lives. 

The first time a baby tries to walk, they are wobbly, tumble and then fall. 

This “failure” doesn’t keep them from trying again. If anything, it gives them more confidence to try again. The more they fall, the more times they get back up, try again, and then “master” walking. 

The same can be said of us when we face trials. 

The first time we face trials, we are like that baby taking its first steps. We stumble and fall and our faith can be tested, and we may feel overwhelmed. 

But, when the trial is over, we see we made it through and it gives us confidence that we can do it again.

A Personal trial that helped me grow

My husband and I have been married for 15 years, and years 2-5 were rough. Not because our marriage was on the rocks, but because we faced one trial after another, after another. 

It was an extremely hard time. 

Over a couple of years, my husband lost his job 3 times. 

The first time, I was livid toward God. I could not believe that God would let my husband lose his job when I knew Greg was a hard-working person who was just never given the chance to succeed.

I spent a while being mad about the scenario and was an emotional basket case. 

But, after a few months, my husband found a job, and we rejoiced.

  • The next time my husband lost his job, my first reaction was to be angry. But this time, the process of me going from angry at God to depending on God was much shorter. 

Then, I’m not sure how long after that, my husband lost his job a third time. 

It’s been a while since that happened, so I don’t remember the details, but I remember someone saying: 

“You seem so calm about this! Why are you not worried? 

I just remembered thinking: Greg has lost his job before and each time, The Lord brought a job at the right time. We never went hungry, without food, clothing or shelter. Since The Lord has provided for us before, I know He will again. 

I never knew what the provision would look like, or how long we would be in this scenario, but I had first-hand proof and experience that God can provide for us now because He has done for us before. 

The previous 2 job losses increased my dependence on God and taught me to trust Him. 

They built my foundation of faith so that the next time a storm hit, my faith was anchored. It didn’t move. 

I don’t share this to promote me and my faith, because none of it was me. It was ALL The Lord. 

He is the one who gave me the faith to trust in Him, He is the one who heard me screaming and comforted me, He is the one who was with me in the trial, and He is the one who grew my faith. 

The experience of going through those trials, and “coming out of the other side” grew my faith. 

Do you see how one trial helped me grow and built my faith to face the next one? 

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So, how can we replicate this? 

When we face trials, we need to take a minute and remember what God has done for us

And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

Deuteronomy 8:2

Remember all the work he had done

The Lord was calling the Israelites to remember all the works he had done. 

  • How The Lord led them out of Egypt and saved them from Pharaoh’s army 
  • How The Lord provided water and food in the desert when they were hungry and thirsty
  • How The Lord helped them conquer nations and armies to bring them to the promised land. 

Not only were The Israelites told to remember what God had done, they also placed stones to help trigger their memory and share God’s work with the next generation

Then Joshua wrote these words in the Book of the Law of God. And he took a large stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. 27 And Joshua said to all the people, “Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us. It shall therefore be a witness to you, lest you deny your God.” 28 So Joshua let the people depart, each to his own inheritance.

Joshua 24: 26-28

This was not the only occasion on which the people of Israel placed stones, you can read about more in the Old Testament. I added some references in your notes if you want to study this further. 

Joshua 4:1-7, Exodus 13:3–6; 24:4; Deuteronomy 27:1–8; Joshua 22:9–12; 24:24–28; 1 Samuel 7:12

Placing stones in my life

Placing these stones was done regularly to help Israel remember what God had done, and it was a way to share their history with the next generation. 

It reminds me of when we would drive around town with my dad. We lived in the same city he grew up in, so anytime we passed a place he had worked, he would say: have I ever told you I worked there? It became this passing joke. But it was his way of sharing his life with us. 

The Lord wants us to remember the works He has done in our lives, and we should have practices or symbols that help us remember them and share them. 

God has done so much for me and in my life and God wants me to remember that. 

For me, I don’t collect rocks to remember God’s work. I sit down and write everything that God has done for me, and it reminds me that God does exist. He loves me, He takes care of me, and He carries me through. I have specific instances I can point back to in my life as proof of His work in my life and know that God does see and hear me. 

Now, you may think: well…. Anne, that’s great for you, but I have never seen God help me through a trial before, so I don’t have this firsthand proof. 

That’s ok. Read on.

What to do if you don’t have a first-hand account

If you don’t have a firsthand account, go back to scripture. 

1 Chronicles 16:12 Remember His marvellous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth

You can go through the Bible and read/write how many times God made a promise and kept it, how much He loves you, and last but not least: His death on the cross, the salvation you have, and everything you receive when you become a child of God. 

When you don’t have firsthand experience, you can always trust that scripture has proof after proof of God’s power, love, and everything else. 

Start with those things, and then, over time, as you see how God provides for you, add it to your list and go back to it repeatedly. 

Homework

To make this session really practical, I have a bit of homework for you. 

I want you to take out some paper and a pen (or a computer doc of some sort) and make a list of 

  • ALL the ways God has guided you
  • ALL the ways God has provided for you
  • All the things God has done for you
  • All the ways God loves you

If you still can’t think of anything, go to scripture and note 
  • All the promises God gives us 
  • The promise of Salvation and the hope we have in heaven 

Once you have written this list, keep it handy. Fold the paper and put in your Bible, or save it as a note in your phone. The water you do, keep it somewhere you can easily find it. 

Then, the next time you are going through a trial, and you feel discouraged- take out your list and read through it. 

Let it remind you of all the ways God has loved you, provided for you, and guided you. 

I promise that this one simple exercise will help you turn past struggles into building blocks of faith and help you when you face anything that comes next. 

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Prayer: The Key to Living as a True Believer

I’ve been a Christian most of my life, and there are times when I just want to know ALL the answers! I don’t want to read more or learn through mistakes or trials, but just KNOW what God wants me to do. Thankfully, there are many things The Bible makes clear to us. One of which is the Key to living as a true believer, and that is to pray! I know that many people may feel this answer is too simple, but it’s the truth. Continue to read and learn how prayer can guide and encourage us in our Christian lives.

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Apostle Paul – the GOAT evangelist – loved to write letters. He thrived in his letter-writing ministry in the first century, and much of the New Testament of the Bible is composed of various letters he wrote to encourage the early churches.

Paul’s encouragement to Persevere

In his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul addressed some pastoral issues that had risen in this young church. 

He encouraged them to persevere through persecution, pursue sexual purity, and live their lives as people who believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 of this letter opens with encouragement and a reminder that Jesus is returning.

However, we won’t be given the opportunity to post this on our calendar.

Paul wanted his readers (including you and me!) to know that we should not be sleepwalking through life while we wait.

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Paul’s teaching on prayer

Then, Paul lands the plane with his words about prayer after a long list of various exhortations.

  • Verse 12 encourages us to love and respect those who are our spiritual leaders.
  • Verse 13 reminds us to live in peace among the other followers of Christ.
  • Verse 14 tells us we are to be patient and attentive to the individual needs of others. Verse 15 reminds us to see the best in each other.

Paul wrapped up his letter with bite-sized commands, completely trusting that the Holy Spirit would equip his audience with the knowledge they need to live these commands. 

Verse 17 is where Paul makes a shift to discuss what our prayer life should look like.

The command on prayer looks different depending on which version of the Bible you prefer.

The NIV commands us to pray continually; pray without ceasing is used in the ESV version; never stop praying is found in the NLT version; and finally, pray constantly is used in the HCSB version.

Regardless of your preferred translation, the message is crystal clear. Paul wants us to know that forming a lifestyle of prayer is the goal that we should be striving for as followers of Christ.

Praying nonstop means we are having a continuous dialogue with God, coming boldly to the throne of grace to offer up praise, supplication, intercessions, petitions, and thanksgiving.

How can a follower of Jesus model the prayer life Paul described?

Prayer: The Key to Living as a True Believer

8 characteristics of a Biblical prayer life:

  • Someone who prays continually is someone who does not rely on their own strength (Philippians 4:13).
  • They desire to maintain a close and personal relationship with God by pouring their heart to God (Psalm 62:8).
  • They acknowledge the Holiness of God (Matthew 6:9).
  • They cast their anxiety on Him, acknowledging that God cares (1 Peter 5:7).
  • They know that God can sympathize with us in our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
  • They know that God promises that if they ask anything according to His will, that He hears them (1 John 5:14). 
  • Living a life of continual prayer means a constant conversation with God is happening and that you acknowledge that He is a friend (Psalm 25:14).
  • It also means allowing yourself to praise God for who He is Lord (Daniel 2:20).

The Bible tells us to always be in prayer- if this is something you want to grow in, you can pray something like this:

Equip me to do this.  Bless me with a desire to have an ongoing dialogue with you, knowing that as I pray Your spirit will guide my words. Allow me to have a deep awareness of your character and your faithfulness. Guide my thoughts to be continuously aware of your presence in all circumstances. Align my will with Your will. Amen

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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.

The Benefits of daily Bible reading for spiritual growth

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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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)

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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. 

What does The Bible say about suicide?

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.

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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.

What does The Bible say about prayer

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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What does The Bible say about prayer

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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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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Why it’s important to know your identity

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.

Why it’s important to know your identity

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.

14 Simple strategies for modelling Christian values to children

Do you need help teaching and modelling christian values to children? As a christian mom to 3 children, my goal is to have each of my children grow up to love and follow The Lord. 

As a younger mom, I had no clue how to raise a christian child and often felt like I wasn’t doing enough. 

My oldest is now 14 and I’ve realized that teaching our children about God doesn’t have to be complicated. But that doing small things every day can make a huge impact.

Since I struggled so much with this, I wanted to share with you some strategies I’ve used to teach and model christian values to my children. 

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14 Strategies for teaching and modelling Christian values to children

1. Prayer: 

Teaching children about the significance of prayer and incorporating it into everyday life is a cornerstone of instilling Christian values. 

It’s important to help children understand that prayer is not merely a ritual, but a way to communicate directly with God. It serves as a means for expressing gratitude, seeking guidance, requesting protection, and simply taking the time to foster a personal relationship with Him.

Making prayer a regular feature of your daily routine helps children see it as a natural and essential part of life. One way to do this is by establishing set times for prayer throughout the day.

It’s crucial to encourage children to pray for their personal needs. This can range from help with schoolwork to healing from an illness, or peace about a situation that worries them. By doing so, they learn to trust God and depend on Him in all circumstances.

Equally important is teaching children the value of intercessory prayer, which involves praying for others. They can pray for a friend who is sick, their teachers, their siblings, or even people in countries they’ve only heard about. This helps them to develop empathy, broaden their worldview, and realize the power of prayer in the lives of others.

Ultimately, the goal is to instill in children a habit of prayer, helping them understand that they can turn to God in all situations and that their prayers, big or small, are heard by Him.

Teaching the Importance of Prayer:

  1. Communication with God: Explain to children that prayer is our direct line of communication with God. It’s how we talk to Him, thank Him, and ask for His help or guidance.
  2. Expression of Faith and Dependence: Teach them that when we pray, we express our faith in God and our dependence on Him. We acknowledge that we need His help in our lives.
  3. God’s Command: Share with them that the Bible instructs us to pray. For instance, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 urges us to “pray without ceasing.”
  4. Power of Prayer: Help them understand the power of prayer. James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

2. Bible Reading: 

Integrating the regular reading and discussion of Bible stories into your family’s routine is a pivotal part of nurturing a child’s spiritual growth and understanding of Christian values. 

The Bible, being the living Word of God, is filled with a wealth of narratives, parables, and teachings that offer timeless wisdom and guidance.

Reading Bible stories to children, particularly at a young age, introduces them to the key figures, events, and teachings of the Christian faith. 

It’s a wonderful opportunity to acquaint them with the life and teachings of Jesus, the miracles performed by God, the faith of the patriarchs and matriarchs, and so much more. 

But beyond mere reading, discussing these stories in an engaging and interactive manner can bring the Scriptures to life, making them more relatable and understandable to young minds.

Encourage your children to actively participate in these discussions. Allow them to ask questions about anything that intrigues them, puzzles them, or seems unclear. 

Remember, the goal of reading and discussing Bible stories with your children is not only to educate them about the Christian faith but to instill in them a love for God’s Word, a habit of seeking wisdom from it, and a desire to live according to its teachings.

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3. Family Devotions: 

Designating a specific time each day or week for family devotions is an essential practice in cultivating a Christ-centered home. 

This time serves as a cornerstone for fostering spiritual growth and unity within the family. It’s an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and come together as a family in a shared pursuit of spiritual nourishment and growth.

Family devotions can follow a flexible format based on your family’s needs and preferences, but generally, they involve a few key components: reading Scripture, discussing its application, and praying together. 

These elements help create an atmosphere of learning, reflection, and connection with God and each other.

Remember, family devotions don’t have to be lengthy or overly formal. What matters most is the consistency and the intention behind it. 

Even a few dedicated minutes each day or a longer session once a week can have a profound impact on your family’s spiritual journey. 

Over time, these shared moments can become treasured family rituals that nurture your family’s faith, create lasting memories, and shape your family’s identity in Christ.

4. Model Christian Behavior: 

One of the most powerful ways to teach your children about Christianity is by embodying its principles through your own actions. 

Children, especially when they’re young, learn extensively by observing those around them. 

Your behaviour serves as a living example of what it means to be a Christian, making you the primary model of Christian values for your children.

The Bible instructs us to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31) and to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). These and other Christian values can be effectively taught when they are consistently demonstrated in your daily life.

Showing love in your interactions with others is a practical way to exemplify the love of Christ. This can be as simple as offering words of encouragement to someone who is struggling, helping a neighbour with their groceries, or spending quality time with your family. 

Let your children see you acting in love, and explain to them why you do so.

Remember, children often mirror the behaviour of their parents. Therefore, living out your faith authentically and demonstrating Christian values in your actions can have a profound influence on your children’s understanding and practice of their own faith. 

More than any sermon or Sunday school lesson, your day-to-day actions speak volumes about your faith. And through this, your children can learn that Christianity is not just about beliefs and rituals, but about a transformative way of life guided by the teachings of Jesus Christ.

5. Church Participation: 

Active participation in church services and activities is a fundamental practice in fostering a strong Christian family. 

Attending church services together offers numerous opportunities for spiritual growth and learning. 

During the services, family members can join in corporate worship, listen to the preaching of God’s Word, and participate in communion. 

These experiences can foster a deeper understanding of Christian doctrines, inspire spiritual conversations at home, and provide a platform to discuss and reflect on the sermon’s teachings as a family.

Beyond the weekly service, churches often host a variety of additional activities and events. These can help to broaden your family’s understanding of Christianity, allowing you to put your faith into action, serve others, and build relationships with fellow believers.

For children, being part of the church community can be especially beneficial. 

Many churches offer age-appropriate groups and activities designed to engage children and youth. These might include Sunday school classes, youth groups, Bible camps, or special events. 

Participating in these activities can help children deepen their faith, learn more about the Bible in a kid-friendly environment, and develop friendships with peers who share their beliefs.

Involving children in age-appropriate activities not only keeps them engaged but also helps them develop a sense of ownership and belonging within the church community. 

As parents, it’s also beneficial to get involved in church activities that cater to your interests and gifts. This could be joining a Bible study group, volunteering in a ministry, or serving in a leadership role. 

Your active involvement sets a positive example for your children, showing them that church is not just a place to attend, but a community to be actively involved in.

Remember, while attending church and participating in its activities is important, the goal is not merely about fulfilling a religious obligation. 

It’s about creating a lifestyle that revolves around worship, learning, fellowship, and service—values that are central to Christianity. It’s about building strong faith foundations, nurturing a vibrant faith community, and living out the teachings of Christ as a family.

6. Service and Charity: 

Involve your children in acts of service and charity, both within your church community and in the broader community. This teaches the value of helping others and shows God’s love in action.

Teaching children about service and charity is an ongoing process. Be patient and consistent in guiding them, and over time, they will internalize these values and carry them into adulthood.

By nurturing a spirit of giving and empathy, you are helping shape a brighter and more compassionate future for your children and society as a whole.

7. Christian Media: 

Use Christian books, movies, and music to reinforce Christian teachings. There are many age-appropriate resources available.

Listen to Christian music or songs with uplifting and faith-based messages. Singing along or dancing to these songs can be a fun way for children to memorize Bible verses and spiritual teachings.

Use the stories or themes from Christian media as a springboard to explore deeper theological concepts. Discuss the lessons learned and how they apply to real-life situations.

8. Discussions About Christian Values: 

Regularly discuss Christian values, such as honesty, kindness, forgiveness, and faith. Use real-life situations to explain these concepts and their importance.

By engaging in open and meaningful conversations, you can deepen their understanding of these values and demonstrate how they apply to everyday life. Here’s how you can expand on this idea:

  1. Honesty: Emphasize the importance of honesty in all interactions. Explain that honesty builds trust in relationships and allows others to rely on us. Use real-life examples, such as the consequences of telling the truth versus lying, to illustrate the value of honesty. Encourage your children to be truthful even when it’s difficult, as this reinforces the integrity of their character.
  2. Kindness: Discuss the concept of kindness as a fundamental Christian virtue. Teach your children to show compassion and empathy towards others, including those who may be different or facing challenges. Encourage them to perform random acts of kindness and consider the positive impact such gestures can have on someone’s day.
  3. Forgiveness: Explain the significance of forgiveness in Christianity. Use age-appropriate examples to demonstrate how forgiveness can heal relationships and bring peace. Teach your children that forgiveness doesn’t excuse harmful behaviour, but it frees us from carrying the burden of anger and resentment.
  4. Faith: Discuss the meaning of faith as a foundation of belief and trust in God. Share stories from the Bible or personal experiences where faith played a role in overcoming challenges or finding strength. Encourage your children to pray and nurture their relationship with God, fostering a sense of security and hope.

10. Celebrating Christian Holidays: 

Celebrate Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas, and take the time to explain their significance. This can also include observing Lent and Advent, depending on your tradition.

These holidays carry significant religious meanings, and incorporating them into family traditions can help instill faith and spiritual understanding in children. Here’s how these celebrations teach children about God:

  1. Easter – The Resurrection of Jesus: Easter is a time to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. By explaining the Easter story to children, parents can introduce the concept of Jesus’ sacrifice for humanity and the promise of eternal life. Teaching children about the significance of the empty tomb and Jesus’ victory over death helps them understand the core message of Christianity – the hope and redemption that comes through Christ’s resurrection.
  2. Christmas – The Birth of Jesus: Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, and it is one of the most widely recognized Christian holidays. Teaching children the nativity story, from Mary and Joseph’s journey to the birth in the stable, offers an opportunity to explain the miraculous event of God becoming incarnate in human form. Children learn about the concept of God’s love and the gift of Jesus to humanity, emphasizing the idea that Christmas is not just about receiving gifts but also about giving and expressing love to others.

11. Memorizing Verses: 

Encourage your children to memorize Bible verses. Start with simple ones and gradually move to more complex verses. This will help them internalize God’s word.

As they commit these verses to memory, they develop a deeper connection with the Scriptures and internalize the teachings and values found within.

Remember to be patient and supportive during the memorization process. Every child learns at their own pace, so celebrate their progress and focus on nurturing their love for God’s word.

By encouraging them to memorize Bible verses, you are helping them build a strong foundation in their faith, fostering a lifelong habit of engaging with and internalizing God’s word.

12. Christian Education: 

If possible, consider Christian education options, where the curriculum will align with your faith and values.

Christian education plays a vital role in teaching children about God, instilling biblical values, and nurturing their spiritual growth. It provides a comprehensive and intentional approach to integrating faith into every aspect of learning.

By immersing children in a Christ-centered learning environment, Christian education goes beyond mere academic instruction. It nurtures their hearts and minds, preparing them to live as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, and empowering them to make a positive impact on the world around them.

The values and knowledge imparted through Christian education serve as a strong foundation for a lifetime of spiritual growth and service to God and others.

13. Practicing Forgiveness: 

Make forgiveness a part of your family culture. Let your children see you forgive others, and explain why you’re doing it.

Practicing forgiveness is a powerful way to teach our children about God’s nature and the central message of Christianity. It allows children to understand the significance of love, compassion, and reconciliation, fostering a deeper connection with their faith. Here’s how forgiveness teaches our children about God:

  1. God’s Forgiveness in the Bible: The Bible repeatedly emphasizes God’s forgiving nature. Teaching children about stories like the prodigal son, the woman caught in adultery, or Jesus’ forgiveness on the cross highlights God’s boundless mercy and grace. Through these stories, children learn that no mistake is too great for God’s forgiveness.
  2. Imitating God’s Character: The act of forgiveness mirrors God’s character. Encouraging children to forgive others is an opportunity to model God’s love and compassion. It teaches them to be more Christ-like and to embody the values central to Christianity.
  3. Understanding Grace: Forgiveness is an expression of grace – the unmerited favour bestowed upon someone. By forgiving others, children come to understand God’s grace in their own lives, realizing that they too have received forgiveness despite their imperfections

14. Encouraging Faith Questions: 

Let your children ask questions about faith, God, and the Bible. Be open and honest with your answers, and use these questions as teaching moments.

As parents or mentors, it’s important to be patient and understanding when children ask questions about faith. 

Sometimes the questions may be challenging, but embracing them with empathy and providing thoughtful responses helps children navigate their spiritual journey with confidence and authenticity. 

Ultimately, fostering an environment where children feel free to ask questions helps them develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God, laying the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of faith and understanding.

Conclusion

Remember, the goal is to guide your children in their faith journey, not to force it. Allow them to grow and explore their faith at their own pace.

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How to pass down our faith to the Next Generation

Have you ever found yourself sitting at the dinner table, looking across at the younger faces, and wondering, “How can I pass down our faith to them?” If you have, you’re not alone. It’s a question that has been asked by every generation, and it’s the question we’re going to dive into today.

In a world that’s changing faster than ever, passing down our faith to the next generation can seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry, it’s not an impossible one. In fact, it’s one of the most rewarding journeys you can embark on.

In this blog post, I’m going to share practical ways to share your faith with the younger generation.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or mentor, this post is for you. If you’ve ever felt the weight of the responsibility to guide the next generation in their faith journey, stick around. We’re in this together, and we’re excited to explore this important topic with you.

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Timecodes

[00:02:59] Mother focused on continuing plain language work.
[00:04:25] Passing on faith through heritage, overcoming depression.
[00:07:51] Parenting doesn’t guarantee children’s religious obedience.
[00:12:36] “Sharing faith with others, including children, and coworkers.
[00:15:24] Encouraging prayer during times of fear.
[00:20:16] Seek God’s guidance in decisions and plans.
[00:22:00] Sharing faith by involving family; remembering God.
[00:26:12] Israelites cross the river and leave a memorial for remembrance.
[00:29:34] God calls for life markers, shared with children
[00:35:39] Importance of remembering God’s promises and provision.
[00:38:40] Daily Lord time, verse cards, powerful reminder.

How to pass down our faith to the Next Generation

Where my journey starts

My children are 13, 10, and 7 and I have a confession to make. One of my biggest fears is that my children will decide to walk away from The Lord. 

As a mom, I sometimes feel powerless because I know that faith is not inherited. It’s something that my children need to choose for themselves.  

In these moments of helplessness, I look to the Bible for wisdom. In doing so, The Lord reminds me that there are many things I can do to encourage my children in their faith.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9

These verses emphasize the importance of actively and intentionally passing down our faith to the next generation. 

Integrating our Faith in our Daily Life

These verses give us clear instructions to “teach them diligently to your children”. This highlights the need for deliberate and consistent efforts in sharing religious values, beliefs, and practices. 

This verse guides us by encouraging us to have constant conversations about faith in our homes, whether we are sitting at home, walking along the way, lying down, or getting up for the day. 

This shows how faith should be part of every aspect of daily life.

Having children is hard, and it’s easy to let small moments pass by without talking about The Lord. 

But, I want my children to know The Lord, so I have to show them when they can trust The Lord and how they can talk to Him. 

My children scare easily and will often wake up crying because they had a bad dream. It would be easy for me to just calm my children down and go back to sleep. 

Instead, I remind my children that The Lord is with them and that they are not alone. I also remind them they can talk to Him about their fears and to give Him their fears and worries. 

Then, I will ask them if they would like to pray, or if they want me to pray. We then spend a few moments praying together and then sometimes I sing them a song to help them remember to give The Lord their fears. 

This is just one example of how I show my children The Lord in our daily lives.

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Our faith needs to be more than just actions: 

It’s not enough that we talk about The Lord and share scripture with our children. 

The Lord commands us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”. This means that our actions are not enough. 

We must do more than just talk about our faith, we need to let The word of God guide and influence our actions and thoughts. 

We should also depend on God to guide our decision-making and influence our behaviour. 

This past year, my oldest daughter wanted to go with her youth group to Mexico on a missionary trip. 

When she talked about it, she was adamant that she was going and we were talking about the steps to make it happen.

But as the year went on, I felt uneasy about it. 

Even though missionary trips are a good idea, I knew we had not prayed about my daughter going or spent any time asking The Lord what He wanted her to do. 

So, we pressed on the breaks. We took some time to pray as a family and asked The Lord what He wanted us to do. 

We then gave The Lord some time to work in our hearts. 

Over the span of a few weeks, The Lord gave us a clear answer and peace about what we were doing and why. 

This was a great example of how we need to depend on The Lord to guide our lives, and it showed my daughter how to seek The Lord’s will- even if it’s something “good” we want to do. 

Hang visible reminders of faith in the home:

As a mom of 3, I get easily distracted and I sometimes forget God’s goodness or the things He has done for me. 

He knows our brains were made to forget, so these verses encourage us to write His promises on the doorposts of the house. 

We should have visible reminders and declarations of our faith to all who enter our home. 

For us, we have a sign above our front closet that says: “As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.” 

It’s a small sign that doesn’t take up a lot of space, but it’s a way to show others what we believe and a good reminder to us that our home belongs to God and we need to give Him the glory. 

Action Step: 

To make sure our faith is passed down, we need to teach our children about it. This means having many conversations about faith. We can do this when we’re at home, going somewhere, or just relaxing. 

By including faith in our daily lives, we give our children a real-life example of what it means to have a relationship with God.

When we bring faith into our everyday routines and make it a part of our lives, we create an atmosphere where God’s presence is noticeable.

This helps us build a solid foundation for our children to develop their own personal relationship with the Lord. 

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