Monday, December 18, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ exercise

"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." Galatians 5:25

When it comes to exercise, this time of year presents a double challenge.  More office parties, family feasts, and gatherings around goodies make it harder to exercise healthy eating habits. More errands to run, presents to wrap, functions to attend, and fewer hours of daylight make it harder to exercise our bodies.  Yet, the more we exercise self-control and move our bodies, the better we feel in the long run.  
My friends Linda and Dalene offer an EXERCISE challenge each day this week in Words to Live By (pages 73-78).  This is one i would like to add to my daily routine:  "Today, choose to be fit for the King by exercising your spiritual muscles. See how many steps you can take toward love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Keep in step with the Spirit and see how much better you feel at the end of the day!"

Please visit https://www.facebook.com/weeklywordstoliveby/ and post how you are meeting the challenge to exercise, physically or spiritually, this Christmas season.  Let's step it up for Him!

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Friday, December 15, 2017

do you believe?

...“Are you the Messiahthe Son of the Blessed One?” Mark 14:61

I couldn't believe my ears.  With snowflakes as big as biscuits tumbling softly from the sky, the student asked, "Is that snow?"


Was she joking?  How could she question what was so obvious? 

But she isn't the only one.

The Bible tells us people doubted or dismissed Jesus as God's Son, even in the midst of His many miracles. How could they not believe?  Yet, even with our expanded knowledge and witnessing of miracles now, are we any wiser? During the best of times and the worst of times, we sometimes allow doubt of God's power and might to muddle our mind. Whether taking self credit for what's good or blaming God for what's bad, we err.  


Father, may i remember You are the Creator of all things from the precision of orbiting planets to the perfectly formed snowflakes, providing exactly what we need. Let my words and actions reflect my belief in You and Your Son.  Jesus is the greatest proof of all of Your love for us.  Thank You for the gift of Jesus.   


we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we BELIEVE it,
veneal

Thursday, December 14, 2017

when it's so ugly... remember

"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." Romans 8:28


The ugly Christmas sweater contest was fun and oh! so ugly.  Based on their wears, it was obvious all wanted to win. On any other day though, ugly is not something we strive for in our life.  Yet, life can hit us with some downright dirty and ugly moments...

ugly decisions
ugly relationships
ugly sickness
ugly remarks
ugly situations
ugly ways

BUT, for those who love God, no matter how ugly things get, we have His promise He will bring good out of all things. No doubt, this includes all kinds of ugly too.  His glory and power shines brighter and stronger in our darkest times, as He lifts, carries, strengthens and restores His Peace within us.

Thank You, Father, for loving us unconditionally, even with all the ugly that might surround us on any given day. The saving grace of Your Son is beautiful enough to dissipate all that's ugly and make our heart smile.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it!
veneal

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

where is He??

"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15

"Where is he?! Have you seen him? Can you help us find him?!"

The kindergartners were on a mission and filled with excitement.  The gingerbread man had escaped their room; luckily he had left them a clue.  They followed the clue, only to find another clue.  And that clue led them to yet another clue.  On their quest, i noticed their spirits were not dampened by the continuous journey, and anticipation only mounted with each clue found.  They were determined, focused and stayed on his path. Much to their delight they were soon sweetly rewarded... the gingerbread man was recovered.
What have you been searching for this CHRISTmas? A special gift, unique gadget, five minutes of peace?  When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we uncovered the greatest gift of all.  He never runs or hides from us.  But sadly, we sometimes run from Him or cover Him up with other pressing priorities of the season. 

My present to you is this reminder, you already possess the greatest gift on earth -- you have all you need. And here is your clue to the location. Jesus said, "You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with ALL your heart."  May you rediscover and renew this season the sweetest relationship of all.

So, let's say is again... Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Know it, believe it, live it... be filled with Him always.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

your present is here!

"The virgin will be will child and will give birth to a Son, and they will call Him Immanuel -- which means, 'God with us.'" Matthew 1:23
     

Unto us, and for us, a child is born... sing unto the LORD -- for He is good.  His love endures forever. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Monday, December 11, 2017

a Mighty Word ~ give

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."  James1:17

This week on Weekly Words to Live By,  the word of the week is GIVE.  How appropriate!  "Tis the season to celebrate the gift of God's Son, our Savior.  And 'tis the season to give to those we love and care about as a way of extending God's love to them.

This year, i really want to make sure whatever gifts i give reflect the love of Christ.  That means thinking of the manner in which He offered Himself to us: simple, sacrificial, and sanctified. 

Why don't we pray about what we give this season and ask the Father of all good and perfect gifts to help us choose what we give to others?
Please join my friends Linda and Dalene at https://www.facebook.com/weeklywordstoliveby/ (or in their Words to Live By book, pages 67-72). You may find an entirely new way to think about activating the word GIVE in your life.  And you may even want to pick up a copy of Words to Live By as a gift that will last all year!

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal

Friday, December 8, 2017

are you counting?

"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:27

The time before CHRISTmas is drawing closer.  How do you feel about it?
If worrying can't increase our time or ability to do something, or solve an issue, what can it possibly accomplish besides sucking the life and joy out of our day?

Father, when i get that dazed deer-in-the-headlight look, hit my heart with a dose of Truth through a Word, a song or a cheery greeting. Remembering the why of CHRISTmas should be enough to remove any worry.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,
veneal