The New Year can often bring a mixed bag of emotions and memories for many of us. Some may have just experienced the best year ever and look forward to an even greater one looming ahead. Others may have just trudged through one deep struggle after another. The fresh calendar year brings desperate hope for things to be better, with an ache for the still-fresh wounds to slowly begin their process of … [Read more...] about A Prayer to Keep God First this New Year: 12 Verses of Renewal
So often this week after Christmas can seem maybe, not so festive, or sparkly. You might be feeling like the holiday spirit came and went by too fast. Maybe you never did get everything done, but now that the big day is gone, you're already vowing to make next year even more special. Messy house calling your name, organization of it all begging for attention, returns waiting to be done, toys … [Read more...] about 1 Truth to Remember When Christmas Is Over
(Guest post by Dena Johnson) If I could sum up 2016 with one word it would be loss. Yes, we have had some wonderful blessings this year, but the blessings have been far outweighed by huge losses. And, as the holidays approach, the losses are weighing even heavier upon our hearts. I’ve spent the last eight months doing everything I can to keep my faith strong, to trust God. But this week, … [Read more...] about For Those Who Are Grieving at Christmas: A Prayer of Hope
This Christmas video made by Southland Christian Church is the best ever. "Christmas According to Kids" has been viewed over a million times, and it just keeps getting more loved and shared. If you're reading by email, click over to this post to view, and Merry Christmas to you! (Southland Christian Church is an evangelical Christian Church of 4 campuses in Kentucky. You can out … [Read more...] about Christmas According to Kids: Best Video Ever!
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 No room for them. No vacancy. No place. Words that still seem to hang close, even today. In a world that seeks to crowd Jesus out, where busyness abounds, and hearts are stirred to focus on other things, it can be hard sometimes to choose … [Read more...] about A Prayer to Keep Jesus First this Christmas
There’s a thief in this world. He's cunning and evil, deceitful and cruel. And he’s on the prowl. Maybe hot on your trail, even today. His one mission is simply this - “to steal, kill, and destroy…” John 10:10 Don’t let him steal your Christmas. He’ll try, you know. You may not even realize it until it’s too late. Distractions. Busyness. Resentments. Media hype. The quest for more … [Read more...] about Don’t Let the Enemy Steal Your Christmas: 5 Ways to Stand Guard