How to Prepare for Your Future Home

by Paige B.

The thought of having our very own home, with our very own husband and children one day, gives us a tingle of excitement.

Some of us may be very optimistic type girls, and we picture this future home as being a beautiful, peaceful haven with darling perfect little children and a husband who adores us and tells us so every day!

Having our own joy-filled Christian home one day is a beautiful, God-given desire. However, we must be using the years God has given us right now to prepare ourselves to be godly wives and mothers. Many times I’ll watch my Mom perform a certain task, work through a sibling disagreement, or proficiently manage many things at one time; and I think, “Wow, I have so much to learn!” When I stop and think about the responsibilities that come with having a home to manage, a husband to passionately love, respect, and obey, and children to answer to God for; I ask God to help me use these years responsibly and make me fit for such a great task!

How do we prepare for our future homes? How can we begin to bless our future family now?

First of all, begin with your relationship with Jesus.

If you’re going to be prepared for the future, you must start with the One who holds the future. Where is your relationship with God? Are you in full communion with Him? Do you know His love for you? Is your heart totally given to Jesus? Are you only trusting in His love and grace for you? We can’t be what we need to be in our own power—we’d just end up miserable failures. We can’t prepare ourselves to be future wives and mothers when we aren’t truly walking with Jesus. We can’t (even with our wonderful husbands) train the next generation to love and serve God—without knowing and loving Him ourselves!

I’ve watched my parents work through so many issues on their knees. My siblings and I know that we definitely wouldn’t be what we are today if Mom and Dad hadn’t prayed and sought God with many tears for victory. It has been God’s grace through their prayers that changed our hearts. My mother’s prayers have sprung from her strong relationship with Jesus.

Do you really love God and have a heart totally given to Him? Is He working through you to conquer the things you struggle with each day, so you don’t carry them over into your future marriage and family? (If you struggle with character issues now, they will only be magnified in marriage!)

I would challenge you to delve into 1 John and truly see the deep, unfailing love that God has for you. Take time to pour out your heart to the Father who loves YOU so much He sent His only Son to die for YOU! He is your Good Shepherd—every pasture He leads you through is for your best. When you truly see the love of God for you, your heart will just naturally respond in deep love for Him. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). Make it important to always spend daily time with Jesus—no matter how many “good things” we may be doing, it doesn’t matter if we aren’t growing in God’s love and our relationship with Him.

Another way to prepare for your future home and family is to embrace where God has you.

Wherever you currently are, whether serving your family, ministering to grandparents, ministry with others, or whatever it may be, thank God for where He has you right now! It’s the best way to prepare, because it’s right where God wants you and can use you best.

Contentment is vital! Too often we think that “preparing for the future” is more important than serving Jesus right now. What if you may not be able to take classes at your local college because your mom needs your help teaching and training your younger siblings? Embrace and serve those little siblings—God knows they’re preparing you more than anything else can right now. You may not be able to sew all the little girl dresses and homemade things to put in your hopechest, because you have elderly grandparents to take care of and minister to. Be thankful, embrace where God has placed you, love those needy elderly grandparents, and serve them with cheerfulness! When our hearts are right, God will take care of the rest.

Finally, use your time wisely, dear girls!

The days are short and we must redeem the days God gives us. With the spare hours and minutes that God gives you each day, use them to prepare for your future family and home in the following ways:

  • During your time with the Lord every day, take a few minutes to pray for your future husband and children—our heavenly Father isn’t one of time and space; He remembers our prayers far after we humans have forgotten. Read Psalm 139!
  • Take the time to learn first aid and basic emergency response skills; these could save your child’s life or some other child’s life someday.
  • Read challenging books and learn new skills that could be of use in the future. Strive to always be learning and growing and progressing spiritually, physically, and mentally.
  • Prepare yourself for the physical rigours of motherhood by girding your body with strength (Proverbs 31:17)—through exercise and nutrition. Wisely steward the temple God has given you so you are equipped to serve Him to the fullest!
  • Enlist your family and friend’s help at birthdays, Christmas, or other holidays in helping you build your hopechest with useful things for your future home. You can also save special things that have been part of your life and girlhood, for your future daughters!
  • Learn from your mother. God gave us amazing moms who are just waiting to pass on a wealth of knowledge if we are just willing to listen and learn. Your mom will love teaching and showing you all the shortcuts and special ways she has discovered to run a home more efficiently. Don’t shrug it off—“Mother’s way” is often the best way.

These are just a few ways to begin preparing for the future and bless your future family. Use the days God has given you—these years pass by so fast—and see every circumstance you face today as God’s tool to perfect you into what He wants you to be!

Sisters, I encourage you to hold your dreams, preparations, and hopes for your future home in an open hand before God.

Be willing to let Him do with them what He will—He may bless and grow them for His glory or He may replace them with something far better. Adore and lift Him up as you serve Him right where He has you. As He leads you, use your time wisely to prepare for your future. Live for eternity!

Paige (21) is a joyful daughter of our loving heavenly Father. Her greatest passion in life is to bring glory to her King and be a channel of his love to the hearts of others. She teaches piano and violin and spends most of her time serving her family in all the little day-to-day duties of life. In her spare time, she’s either playing volleyball with her siblings, sewing, blogging, or writing about things God has laid on her heart. Her deepest desire is that you too may know the unfailing love God has for you as you journey heavenward.


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5 Ways to Bless Other Girls and Make New Friends (March)

by Sarah Lee Bryant

Do you sometimes wish you had a good friend? Do you wonder why you don’t “hit it off” with anyone?

Or maybe you’re disappointed that there are no “likeminded” girls in your area?

I think we all have been in those places! I know I certainly have!

The truth is, we have a natural human desire for companionship. Although our loving Father has graciously put many special people in our lives, they can’t fulfill our heart’s deepest desires. They can’t always be available to listen to our woes and needs, understand our feelings, or always comfort and encourage us.

In fact, no one on earth can. Only our Creator and Savior Jesus Christ can satisfy our heart’s deep desires! Our hearts were made by Him and for Him, and as Augustine said:

“You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they can find rest in You.”

When our hearts have been filled by Jesus and we are complete in Him, then we will be equipped to be a channel through which Christ can spread His love to others. And then, we will be able to develop friendships that will sharpen one another and be based upon the Lord!

You see, that “friend” you’re looking for may be in disguise. You’re looking for someone who is a certain age and looks a certain way and has certain interests (of course, the same ones you have).

But, sisters, let’s just admit—that’s a rather selfish outlook on friendship!

God has a solution:

“Look not every man on his own things,
but every man also on the things of others.”

(Philippians 2:4)

Instead of waiting for the “perfect somebody” to come to you looking to be a friend, try a different approach. Look for opportunities to reach out and bless and serve others. Invest in other girls’ lives. Initiate conversations and be genuinely interested in what God is doing in the lives of others…even if they are not your age or have similar interests!

Here are five ways I’d like to challenge you to minister to other girls!

  1. Initiate the conversation. Have you ever really talked to that little girl at church or reached out to the quiet woman who always sits alone? Maybe you aren’t quite sure what you have in common. Find out! Go out of your comfort zone: be interested in her life and find out what her interests are. Use that as a springboard to show that you care about her, and be consistent to initiate conversations when you can!
  2. Pray for her. Maybe you do not know a certain girl very well, but would like to bless her (even if you haven’t quite found “what makes her tick” quite yet). Put her on your prayer list! If you have the opportunity, you could ask her for any specific prayer requests she might have. It is such a blessing to know someone is praying for you!
  3. Remember her birthday. I remember years ago, when I received a birthday card from an acquaintance. I was shocked that she remembered my birthday—and cared enough to send me thoughtful wishes. We are friends to this day—her thoughtfulness meant so much! Keep a birthday calendar and have a ministry of sending birthday cards with an encouraging Scripture verse.
  4. Invest the Word of God in her life. Text an encouraging verse here and there, meet her out for lunch and read a passage together or work memorizing Scripture together, or keep one another accountable for Bible reading or Scripture memory.
  5. Do normal activities together! Invite her to do something normal with you one afternoon. Whether it’s baking, sewing, playing instruments, studying the Bible, walking—these normal daily things can be a great way to spend time together and encourage one another. Your conversations don’t always have to be about deep theological issues (although these conversations are great!)—they can also be uplifting and fun!

As you invest in others, you may be surprised at how God blesses and sharpens you! And you may never know what an impact your efforts to “be a friend” can have in their life. Friendships that cross the age gap are sharpening both spiritually and emotionally. Learn to relate to others in various seasons and walks of life, and to recognize God at work in their hearts!

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
(Matthew 25:40)

Have you ever been blessed by someone in a special way?

What did they do that encouraged you? Maybe that will give you more ideas of how you can bless other girls! We’d love to hear what ideas you may have.


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What is Your Greatest Delight? (February)

by Sarah Lee Bryant

De • light

—To affect with great pleasure; to please highly; to give or afford high satisfaction or joy. I will delight myself in thy statutes. Ps. 119.

—To receive great pleasure in. I delight to do thy will. Ps. 40:8.

Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language

What is your greatest delight? What do you most delight in?

What is the first thing that pops into your mind? If you were honest with yourself, would it be a person…a specific hobby…friends…project…music…fashion…accomplishments…or something else?

God has given us all things to be enjoyed for His glory (see 1 Timothy 6:17) and to be used for the advancement of His kingdom. However, not all things are always expedient (1 Corinthians 10:23)…some things may tend to distract our attention from what should be the greatest delight of our souls.

What should be our greatest delight?

The answer is simple: the Lord. Our Savior Jesus Christ should be our joy, rejoicing, lover, and delight!

Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
(Psalms 37:4)

We are to take great pleasure and joy in the Lord our God more than anything else in this world. And why shouldn’t we?!—He is our reason for living, salvation, and eternal life!

Although we don’t hear this message heralded by the masses, nothing will give us lasting joy or satisfaction—except for the One Who made us! Jesus satisfies our hearts and gives us purpose and true meaning in life.

Oh, friends, when we really live in the reality of Who God is…the alluring things of the world fade in comparison! As our eyes are fixed upon Him, and we grow in the knowledge of Him (through His Word), the thought of Him will bring us the deepest pleasure and satisfaction.

Do you find, as I do, that so many other things fight for your attention and affection?

Sometimes, I step back and realize that so many things (other than the Lord) are filling my mind, taking my attention, absorbing my joy, and distracting me from the fellowship I could be having with my Lord.

I Corinthians 7:34 tells us that “There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”

This season of singleness is a unique time that we have been given to be able to serve the Lord and focus on Him without distraction. If the Lord gives us our own family one day, we will carry more responsibilities and cares. Today we must wisely invest in the opportunities we have to seek the Lord, and guard our lives from things that hinder a focus on what truly matters.

Will you join me this year in making GOD your greatest delight?

I’d like for us to challenge one another afresh to delight in Jesus. Are you ready to do what it takes to make this a reality in your heart? Here are some steps that I have been taking, and invite you to do as well, as we seek to put HIM first!

  1. Honestly ask yourself, “What brings me the most delight right now?” What comes first to your mind? What absorbs a lot of your time or thoughts? Write it down and pray for wisdom as to how to fast/diet from that for several weeks. If possible, stay away from it completely (if you truly cannot, then ask the Lord to show you how you can minimize it for this time so that you can free your heart to focus on Him). And pssst..if it’s Instagram…you can find a way to completely fast from that for a few weeks…you probably will survive! :)
  2. During this fast, actively seek ways to delight in GOD. Make a goal to study God’s Word, memorize Scripture, and spend a certain time each day in prayer, pouring your heart out before the Lord (Psalm 62:8). Allot a certain amount of time each day that you will do these things. (Personally, I have been setting aside an extra time for this, besides my normal daily quiet time in the mornings. I also love to talk to the Lord/memorize Scripture while I exercise/walk each day.) If necessary, tell someone else you will be doing this so they can hold you accountable.
  3. Write down ten of your favorite promises or passages on small pieces of paper. Decorate them, and then set them around the home. Put God’s Word before your eyes—it’s a great way to delight in Him through the day.
  4. Ingest as much of God’s Word as you possibly can. In spare moments, recall your current Scripture memory passage, read a few verses, sing Scripture, or turn on your Bible app while you work (or wash dishes). Make a choice to do what the psalmist did: “His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
  5. Develop an appetite for what God loves. Pursue the things of the Spirit. Serve others unselfishly. Add to your faith virtue, knowledge, forgiveness, self-control, patience, godliness, kindness, and love. As you make choices to delight in what God delights in, so will your satisfaction in God and His fellowship increase! “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8).
  6. Set up boundaries for yourself. Guard your thoughts, heart, and eyes against anything that does not please God or line up with His heart/desire for you. This is a choice. Write down these things that distract you from an undivided focus on the Lord. Then, write down ways you will be proactive and purposeful to divert your eyes from unwholesome things and refuse impure thoughts. If something is in question, and you aren’t sure you can do it with a clear conscience before the Lord as the best thing for your spiritual growth, then don’t do it. When in doubt—stay away from it! I have learned from experience this is not always easy. It is hard to deny yourself. But let me encourage you: the fruits of righteousness are WORTH IT!!

Delighting in the Lord is a choice: and once we make it, the fruit will be unmistakable.

Our entire focus in life will be where it should be: seeking the kingdom of God first. I like this quote by Oswald Chambers:

Beware of anything that would spot or tarnish that mirror in you. It is almost always something good that will stain it— something good, but not what is best. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us as they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that “is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. The most difficult lesson of the Christian life is learning how to continue “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.”

Sisters, there is nothing like the joy of walking in complete fellowship and openness with our Best Friend: our Lord Jesus. Let’s not settle for anything less. All the vain things that charm us most—really aren’t that attractive after all.

What do you need to lay aside today? Sacrifice it through His blood…and place your delight in Jesus!

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord.”
(Philippians 3:1)

Will you take the challenge? If so, let us know in the comments below!


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A New Year: In Light of Eternity (January)

Guestpost by Maggie B.

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is
renewed like the eagle’s
.”
(Psalm 103:1-5)

The beginning of a new year is an exciting time!

It’s a great opportunity to reflect on highlights from the past year. 2016 has been full and amazing in many ways for my family. It’s been a sweet chapter in this adventure called life.

The beginning of a new year is also a time to step back and reprioritize. Today I want to challenge you, even as I am challenged, to commit to live 2017 fully for God’s glory, remembering that the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). He is the only One worthy of living for; this is what we have been created to do!

Sisters, this new year, let’s seek to…

1. Be Faithful In Prayer

We have been given an amazing gift to be able to come before the throne of God in prayer (Hebrews 4:16). The prayer of faith can move mountains! As I was writing this, some startling questions came to me: If God were to answer every one of my prayers, what would happen in my family? My community? The world? What would my walk with Him look like? Let’s be on our knees this year, my friends!

2. Diligently Study the Word

“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
(Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Nothing on earth compares with knowing God. He has given us of His Word so that we can know Him and know how He wants us to live. When I put aside my Bible reading, I struggle, I’m discouraged, and I’m not joyful. I want to make it a goal to keep in His Word all throughout this year, gleaning His commands and growing in the knowledge of Him  seeking Him, obeying Him, and becoming like Him!

“And ye shall seek me, and find me,
when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
(Jeremiah 29:13)

3. Add to our Faith Diligently

“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(2 Peter 1:5-8)

Our spiritual walk requires vigorous attention! Just as a scholar prepares for a test, so we must give diligence to obedience and growth our walk with the Lord. A study of the many verses mentioning this subject is on my list for this year! How I need to train in diligence — to add to my faith diligently! What are some ways that you can actively add to your faith in the coming months?

4. Walk in Love

When I read 1 Corinthians 13 and ponder what that would look like if I were living it out, it’s sobering. This is the kind of love Jesus has for us, the kind of love that we are supposed to have for others: laying down my desires in order to serve others. Love also compels me to be a bold witness to the lost.

“And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness.”
(Colossians 3:14)

5. Offer the Sacrifice of Every Moment

Big events come and go in our lives, but the majority of the span of a year is spent in small, daily, mundane tasks that aren’t very exciting. It is in these tasks that we live out our lives for God’s service! Let’s be faithful to serve the Lord in every moment for His glory:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
(Romans 12:1)

Dear sisters, will you join me in committing to seeking the Lord diligently in 2017?

I am excited to begin this year, and I know I will need the Lord’s help every step of the way. He is faithful! I’m so thankful that He will enable us to walk with Him, by His grace and strength (2 Corinthians 3:5, 12:9). Together, let’s live for Him in light of eternity!

“For this God is our God for ever and ever:
he will be our guide even unto death.”
(Psalm 48:14)

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An Attitude Which Will Change Your Life (December)

by Sarah Lee Bryant

In every thing give thanksfor this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

It was the night before Thanksgiving—one of my favorite holidays.

The house was filled with an array of delicious aromas—smells of the feast we would all enjoy as a family tomorrow. It’s a time I always look forward to each year.

However, that night my heart was heavy. I wasn’t feeling thankful…in fact, to be completely honest, I probably could have come up with a list of things I was not thankful for faster than the things I was grateful for.

As I climbed into bed, I told the Lord how I felt. I poured out my struggle and burden to Him. I know I should be counting my blessings—of all times of the year!—but I just don’t feel like I can do that, Lord! I am overwhelmed. Show me what is wrong…I want to have the right attitude!

I reached for a book sitting by my nightstand, entitled Choosing Gratitude. Of all topics, this was certainly the one I needed to read about. As I read, I felt the Lord convicting my heart of my ingratitude. I opened His Word and began to soak in His truth…in the reality of what I have received through the finished work of Christ…taking my eyes off my perceived difficulties and burdens…focusing on His goodness.

That night—on Thanksgiving eve—the Lord reminded me of three very important (and yet basic!) keys to maintaining a grateful attitude. An attitude which will really transform our lives.

1. What’s inside will come out.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

I’ve read this passage so many times, and yet the truth contained therein is absolutely life changing. That’s because our outlook on life (attitude) is directly related to what is taking place in our heart. That night, I was struggling with an ungrateful attitude because I had allowed myself to focus on the wrong things. I was looking at the trials, not the blessings…I had expectations, instead of a surrendered spirit…I was focusing on myself, instead of others. And as I found, wrong thoughts lead to a wrong attitude: ingratitude and selfishness.

Guarding our thoughts is a constant battle. Whether it’s envy, complaining, selfishness, jealousy, or any other nasty sin—it all starts in our mind…and grows from there. Sisters, we simply must immediately cast down these sorts of thoughts from taking place in our mind!

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:5)

As we choose to meditate on what is true, pure, and lovely, our heart will overflow with gratitude and praise! I’ve really found this to be true. It’s the best way to live!

 

2. We are commanded to count our blessings.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Being thankful is a choice. It’s also a command—it is God’s will for us. As we choose to meditate on what is true and good, we’ll inevitably notice how abundantly our loving heavenly Father has poured out His goodness upon our lives. Going through the day thanking the Lord, focusing on His blessings at every turn, is a sure way to develop a more grateful attitude! Lord, thank You for the cheerful birds singing this morning! Thank you for ___ which You have provided! And on and on we can go!

Of course, we all face situations and circumstances that may not be pleasant at times—yet even then, we are to give thanks. (And really…it all goes back to our focus. Am I magnifying my troubles, or magnifying God’s goodness? Are my “hardships” really as serious as I perceive them to be? I’m finding that there are always others going through much much greater trials than anything I can imagine facing. Young widows struggling to make ends meet. A family with a member killed in an accident. Persecuted Christians suffering and sacrificing dearly for their faith.) No matter what we are facing, God’s Word tells us to give thanks.

And isn’t it truly a most beautiful thing to see one who radiates thankfulness and joy, even in the midst of hardships or sorrow? An indomitable grateful heart is precious to God and to others!

3. We need to serve others.

“The King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

I’ve been pondering this a lot lately. We live in a world of hurting people. People without Jesus, people who have suffered much loss. The way to point others to Jesus through the holiday season—and all year long—is to see and meet the needs of others in whatever ways we are able…big or small. It may be something as simple as smiling at everyone we walk past in the grocery store or helping that elderly lady reach the item on the top shelf or praying with that little girl at church or taking a fresh batch of homemade bread to the sick neighbor. In a world that is fast-paced and “too busy” to care, as daughters of the King, may we be others-focused, shining brightly for the Lord Jesus.

Serving others sometimes actually helps ourselves more than it does the receiver, though. The path to true gratefulness and joy in Christ is through serving, sacrificing, giving—focusing on others. As we give (as an offering of our thankfulness for what God has done for us), Jesus is poured out through us.

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” (2 Corinthians 4:10-11)

How can you serve someone today? Is there something you could do to help your mom with her responsibilities? How does she want to make the holidays special for your family, and how can you help her in that? Look for needs around you, and you will find how blessed it is to give! 

These three things will change our attitude.

That night, the Lord convicted me of my ingratitude. I thought of the ten lepers (Luke 17) who Jesus healed. How many came back to thank Jesus for their miraculous healing? Only one. No doubt, the other nine also enjoyed the benefits of returning to a normal healthy life…but only one was truly grateful for what Christ had done! He returned and thanked the Lord for his restoration: and reaped the extra spiritual blessings of that gratitude.

And as I thought of all that Jesus has done for me in redeeming me by His own blood, I was humbled. I have been given so much! I asked the Lord to forgive me for my ingratitude and to help me guard my heart against “joy robbers,” to count my blessings, and to look for ways to serve others.

And guess what?—my attitude was completely transformed! I had a most wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving…because my focus was where it should be.

Dear friend, this holiday season, will you join me in looking to the Lord in gratitude? Let’s lay aside our expectations and focus on the Lord’s goodness, and let that gratefulness flow out in loving service to others. It’ll not only change our own life—but it will also impact everyone around us!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

P.S. What are some ways that we can serve others or bless others this Christmas season? We’d love to hear: leave a comment with your ideas!


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