Christmas giving

And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Acts of the Apostles 20:35 NLT
https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/act.20.35/9163

Create an advent plan to bless others.

Being an example

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not Lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Maybe this is what I am missing. I need to be willing to serve those God has entrusted to me. Not because i must, but because I am.willing.

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

There is much here I should remember. Humility, humble.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

1 Peter 5:1‭-‬14 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.5.1-14.NIV

If I am not humble, we can all be devoured. Lord, I.want to serve you. At home and at work. Lead me. Give me the words I need, when I need them. Keep a sword over my mouth, that only that which is edifying. Comes out of my mouth.

Guide me in this dissertation.

Use me to be a blessing.

Eternity

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
Ecclesiastes 3:11‭-‬12 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/ecc.3.11-12.NIV

I have been awe-sruck by this verse lately. God has set eternity in the human heart.

As a child, I believed in Jesus. I may not have trusted him then, but I often sought him. I was comfortable at church. Felt as though I belonged…I dont know that I felt that anywhere else…

I didn’t have others to talk to, so thought I was weird, and had an overactive imagination. But today, I count these thoughts and ideas, as young a 5 years old… as part of the threads of my story.

Made for this (day 1)

I am reading Made for this, By Jennie Allen.

Who are you, Lord?

He is the creator of everything, including life. My life, my kids life, even lives I dont care for… go figure….

What do you want from me?

To be humble, gentle, have mercy, and walk closely with my God. Quit worrying about people that hate me. They hate me on account of jesus.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/eph.2.10/572

A new song…

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Psalm 40:3 NIV
https://psalm.bible/psalm-40-3

Lord, so many VLCS staff members are hurting… make me aware…. show me heart drops, in order to minister to them. Thank you for the song you have given me for your always present, even when I don’t feel it, spirit. May others see you, in me, and come to know you as their personal Lord and Savior.