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Have you ever wondered if you were "creative?" Well, God is and we each were created in His image. Today is your day to be creative as you let the truth of God's Word impact your life and the lives of those around you.
The dictionary defines creative as: cre·a·tive 1. having the quality or power of creating. 2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing. 3. originative; productive (usually fol. by of). 4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.
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Foster Care...it's about touching lives, and that goes both ways!
You may have heard the saying about people who come into our lives leaving footprints, causing us to be forever changed. Our family was blessed by just such a person - a child in foster care.
With May being Foster Care Awareness Month, I wanted to share a little of our story. I've never been a foster parent, but have recently had the blessing of being a foster grandparent and have discovered there are small ways we can all become a part of loving these children with the love of Jesus!
About two years ago a little red-headed bundle of joy and challenges came into our lives as our daughter felt God’s call to become a foster parent. For almost two years she became “Mom” and we became grandparents. She became ours, and we became hers. Her caseworker had thought she would be moved toward adoption with our daughter.
But God had different plans...
[Photo complimentary of www.pexels.com...not our "A"]
Vacation Bible School cannot function without volunteers; you matter! Here are five reasons it's important for you as a believer to be involved & other ways to be a part.
Is it time for a little shedding..."stripping off every weight"? (Hebrews 12:1)
This is what I thought of as I got my hair cut yesterday for a "summer-do"!
And then I remembered this photo my daughter sent me of her welsh pony "Charlie Brown" and his "stripped off weight"...all from a brushing!
It caused me to wonder about things in my own life that I no longer need and should lay aside...things holding me back from God's best. Things like doubts, insecurities, & fears. Things like habits, comfort zones, & selfish desires.
When we take time to shed those old things, we can run free, unhindered, all out! What's holding us back from running all out for Jesus today?
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." - Hebrews 12:1
This is a photo of my mom & "little" me!
If you've ever felt invisible as a mom or taken for granted, you're not alone. This "Invisible Woman" monologue and God's Word can bring us so much encouragement as moms!
My favorite part is:
"As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women."
As an "Empty-Nester" now, it is a beautiful sight to be on this side of raising four kids and able to see them as grown adults loving God & loving others. All credit goes to God for sure!
And that's just it...we are not alone in raising our kids; God is with us and at work both in us and in our kids. That's why it is so important for us as parents to keep seeking & knowing Jesus as our first priority.
I hope this "Invisible Mom" monologue will encourage you as much as it did for me!
Fresh berries! ...What fills our cup today?
"Lord, You are my portion & my cup of blessing." (Psalm 16:5a) "and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:19)
LORD, please fill my cup of life with You to overflowing to others!
I had an interesting combination for breakfast this morning…coffee & cereal…mixed together!
I am one of those that begins my day functioning on coffee-milk. When I finally get hungry and my coffee is gone, I pour cereal into my cup to eat. This morning, however, I didn’t take the time to make sure my cup was empty before pouring in the cereal – thereby combining my cereal with the last of my coffee!
Fortunately the combination was not too bad, but sometimes a mixed up life can bring a lot of strife! It caused me to think. How many times in my life do I not slow down between my activities of life to adjust, finish one thing so that I can move on to focus on another, and I end up with a mixed-up MUDDLE?! You may be thinking that is my combination of two words – mud & puddle, but it actually is a word in its own right & means – “an untidy or disorganized state.” I personally think whomever created the word still had a mud puddle pictured in their mind!
As females we are terrible about juggling umpteen “to-dos” on our list at the same time, and then we are left with a muddle. I'm sure some of you males are able to identify too! So how can we prevent this or at least keep the puddles somewhat clearer?
I think it takes slowing down & refocusing multiple times during the day. Jesus tells us to come to Him.
Matthew 11:28 “‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'”
This rest is a state of peace in the midst of busyness. It brings refreshing, a clearer state of mind.
So when we feel like our mind or life has become “muddled” – stop, be still, refocus on the eternal by coming into the presence of Jesus. He will clear our thinking & give us peace!
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” – Colossians 3:2 NLT
We've added a NEW Easter I Spy game to our Christian Easter Games page! It uses the basic Easter colors of eggs to teach six important facts about Jesus. Challenge older kids, youth or even adults with this one!
It also contains a link to a complete Easter Colors object lesson with Scriptures to use! Enjoy!
This Easter Bible study devotion causes us to ask ourselves - are we willing to obey God even in the little things?
What about when He doesn't give us all the facts? The disciples obeyed. The man with the water obeyed. Never think what God asks us to do is too small or too menial - let's just trusty and obey. What we may see as small, God says is important.
Discuss: Discuss with your family, class or friend, or think about the following:
Which two disciples would you think Jesus sent on this mission? Why? (Look up Luke 22:7 for the answer) Jesus sent two of His closest friends on what may have seemed like such a menial task or mission. Why do you think He chose these two?
What characteristic did Jesus give about the man that would meet them? (He would be carrying a jar of water.) Do you think this was significant for a reason?
As Easter approaches, it’s a perfect time to become & stay more Christ-focused. Writing Scripture has become such a pleasure in my time with God in addition to reading it. So for the next several days as we turn towards meditating on Jesus’ last days on this earth in flesh, let’s read through and see what God has to say to us.
Mary poured out her love on Jesus. Not everyone understood, but she poured out her heart nonetheless. She gave what she could, when she could. She demonstrated an act of pure worship.
How will we demonstrate our worship & love for Jesus this Easter season? What can we selflessly give to Him…time, possessions, talents? What's our greatest treasure we can pour out for His glory?
Today as we see the color
PURPLE let it remind us of Jesus, the King of Kings, and cause us to pause and WORSHIP!
Make your own Resurrection Eggs to share the Good News this Easter! Free printable Bible verses, photos of objects if needed, instructions, & an interactive Easter story!
A couple of years ago I needed an Easter story written based on Scripture and interactive to keep a group of children engaged at our church's Easter egg hunt.
I wrote this one to go along with the Resurrection eggs that we made ourselves. Each egg includes an item, a Bible verse, and an interactive action for kids to participate.
The Easter Story
Today I need your help to tell a story! Everyone loves a story, and this is a TRUE story!
Even though it does take place "Long, long ago" and "Far, far away", it is 100% TRUE....it's an amazing story that really happened!
So here we go....
Long, long ago in a far away land called Israel (close to where some of your moms & dads in the military have served recently) there lived a man named Jesus. Now He was no ordinary man! He was the Son of God. He helped create the heavens and the earth, but He had left heaven and was sent by God, His Father, to earth to live as a man. He lived a perfect life while He was here. He never sinned; He never disobeyed God. He was tempted just like we are, but He never sinned. Everything He did and said pleased His Father, God.
He came for a very special mission;
This new object lesson uses the basic colors of Easter eggs to share six things about Jesus & the Gospel story as reminders during & after the Easter Egg Hunt!
The story of the duck and the devil is a wonderful sermon or Bible illustration for teaching the importance of confession and receiving God's forgiveness.
Use this Easter object lesson - "Empty to Faith-filled" at your Easter egg hunt to share the Gospel with kids & adults.
Using a basket of Easter eggs you can point out five basic truths all beginning with the letter "F":
1)FOUND - Without Jesus, we are lost and need to be found.
2)FORGIVEN - With Jesus we are forgiven. All our sin has been paid for and taken away.
3)FILLED - Without Jesus we are empty and need to be filled.
4)FAMILY - With Jesus as our Lord & Savior, He puts us in His family so that one day we will go home to live with Him...
5) FOREVER in Heaven!
A printable object lesson script and a video demonstration are included!
St. Patrick's prayer, also written on his breastplate, has been beautifully put to song as a reminder of the beauty of sacrifice and daily service in the name of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite Apps on my iPhone and iPad is the YouVersion Bible App. Not only do I then have multiple versions of the Bible at my fingertips but also a huge selection of Christian devotional plans to take with me wherever I go!
But not only do they have Christian devotions for me, they also have devotional plans for kids which are ideal to have some on-the-go family devotion time anywhere and anytime - right before their little league game, on the drive to school, during wait time at the doctor's, etc.!
Yes, I am a children's book junkie! I have seen books touch lives in so many ways, and this new book by recording artist Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett is sure to touch both children and adults with the message that truly God is a good, good Father and we are each special to Him!
Good Good Father
By Chris Tomlin & Pat Barrett / Thomas Nelson
In Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett, Tucker is a little bear whose town is in trouble. Tucker seeks help from the King, and plans to bring Him a perfect gift. Along the way he encounters a variety of delightful and funny animals who each know one great thing about the King, but each of the animals has a different view of what makes Him so great. The advice confuses Tucker and he is still unsure of what to give as a gift. What if the King doesn't have time for him and what if He won't help? Just as Tucker is about to give up, the King runs to him offering love, acceptance, and help. A wonderfully illustrated story for young children ages 4 to 8 years, assuring them that God truly is a good, good Father and that they are all loved by Him.
Being in ministry, creative free Christian resources are something we are always keeping our eyes open for. And being from Louisiana, we have decided to call these findings - "lagniappe."
Webster's dictionary defines "lagniappe" as: a small gift presented by a store owner to a customer with the customer's purchase or an extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Doesn't that just sound like a bit of GRACE?!
Working on this website has been so much fun! Along the way I am finding little bonuses and wanted to create a page to share these free Christian resources with you.
As Christians, giving "lagniappe" grace should be an action seen in our everyday lives as we strive to go over and beyond for the cause of Christ. Let's never stop short of being overly kind or giving or loving - always going the "little extra" for Christ.
Jesus certainly gave us more than a "little extra." He gave us what we didn't deserve - "GRACE - God's Riches At Christ's Expense."
We'd like to bring you a new little "lagniappe" every now and then. It may be an outstanding Christian website or free Christian software we've found, a Christian book recommendation, a special testimony or story, or just some good clean fun with Bible trivia, clean jokes, & Christian cartoons. All will be free Christian resources which can add to the variety in your world of Bible study and ministry.
We want to equip you as much as we can in finding joy and excitement in your Bible study time and as you share God's Word.
Also, if you know of any valuable Christian resources you use and believe they would be useful to others, please let us know!
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to teach about God's love through Bible lessons! Try these object lessons, Bible verses, & other free creative lessons for families, Sunday School, etc.!
A wonderful friend of mine and a teacher/writer of Bible lessons for all ages for over 35 years, Jodi Green, asked me to make these free Bible study lessons available to our website users - YOU!
You may download, print and use all or part personally or with a group for FREE! Jodi kept all copyrights so that she may offer these at no charge; there is no price she would want to put on someone experiencing God's Word!
Find this along with her Old Testament 101 and Proverbs for Teens as part of the new free Bible study lessons available for the New Year!
I love when someone is willing to share ministry tools for free!
Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth, offers over sixty free Bible study lessons for youth covering topics such as depression, honesty, unity, pride, etc. as well as great interactive youth Bible lessons for special occasions and holidays!
Six of his newest free lessons are available for easy download including an interactive lesson on depression that references the movie "Inside Out", a lesson using a puzzle piece hunt to initiate discussion on unity, and a fun lesson on identity which begins with a game called "Make It Stick"! These important issue lessons are based upon God's Word and presented in fun ways for youth to connect and apply the messages to their own lives.
Find the links to these and more free Bible Study Lessons for Youth on our Youth Lesson Page!
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
Okay...the photo called for a son, but when you have two...how do you choose?!
One of the greatest joys of Christmas now that all our kids are grown is their coming home! There's not much better than having all four of them (and all new additions) under one roof!!!
This makes me wonder how the incredible joy God the Father must have been when Jesus, His Son, rose from the dead and then went home!
"Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it."
The photo for today calls for a picture of "your church." When you think of your church, what images come to your mind? The first that came to my mind, as with many, was the actual building, but that isn't really the church. The Church, His Church, consists of people, and I considered using a photo of the members of our local church serving.
This past Sunday as I looked around though, the stained glass windows caught my attention as sunlight shown through them...and I knew I had the photo for this Christmas devotion.
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..." This Christmas devotion looks at how God came down...the Bread of Heaven, that we may know Him!
The ebb and flow of water reminds us of the beautiful balance Jesus brings to our life in this Christmas devotion object lesson.
Green...a sign of new life! This Christmas devotion has us see green all around us as a reminder of the newness & refreshing God wants to bring to our life!
Dreaming of a White Christmas? Let this Christmas devotion remind us of all that a White Christmas truly means - HOPE!
"for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins." Matthew 26:28
This photo was one of those "God moments"!
I took a picture of this ornament - one..because it's red, and secondly because it's sentimental. It's around 70 years old and hung on my family's Christmas tree before I was ever born!
But look closer...did you notice the reflection?! I didn't until I was getting ready to write this devotion...that's when I saw the cross reflected in the glass ornament!
Also, did you notice the large scratch that looks like a scar?
"this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death."
Each Christmas one of our family's traditions is to hang a nail close to the center of our Christmas tree. It's not a small nail, but about an eight inch carpenter's nail. It is to remind us that Christmas goes beyond the birth of Jesus and all the way to His sacrifice on the Cross.
In the verse above, the font doesn't show it, but the "M" in Man is actually capitalized showing this wasn't just any man...He was God! And yet for nails to be able to pierce His hands and feet, He was indeed God in flesh.
"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
Many that looked on that day surely thought those nails were destroying all Jesus came to do on this earth as they caused His lifeblood to flow down that cross to where they stood. And yet, as in the verse above, this had all been "by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God." This did NOT take God by surprise!
Just as nails were made by man to build and create, so God used these nails not to destroy, but to build His Kingdom.
"Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
One morning as I was having my quiet time I looked up and this is what I saw...so I snapped a photo! I had never noticed the two crosses the windows made until then. How often do we walk through another day and never see the cross, never think of the cross, and never point other to the cross and the hope found in Jesus Christ?
Probably all of us have played the game - "I Spy." Usually you look for a color, but today I want us to look for the Cross! Watch out...it's everywhere! Anytime you see two lines cross each other, see the cross; it may be the letter "t", it may be a pane in a window or the connecting of floor tiles. Look around you...I spy!
Yesterday we talked about the Cross being the first Christmas tree and letting trees remind us of the Cross of Christ. Today let's be looking for the cross and how we can point others to Jesus! Let's become "Cross-pointers!"
In our verse above there is one word that is vital...it is the word - "obedient." Did you ever think about Jesus having a choice? He did.
In fact when we look at Him in the Garden of Gethsemane,
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE "--"
One thing I do love about Louisiana is our trees! Not only do we have green year round with our evergreens, but we have live oak trees like the one above dripping with Spanish moss! Absolutely beautiful!
But whether you live in Louisiana or a desert region, during this season of the year, Christmas trees are plentiful everywhere!
I believe trees are one of God's most amazing creations; they give us so much! They give us oxygen to breathe, fruit to eat, shade to cool, wood to build, and so much more! But no tree bore such love as the one used for the cross of Christ!
When we see Christmas trees we usually notice the lights and ornaments, but this Christmas may they remind us of so much more! May they remind us of the sacrifice Jesus made giving His life as He was nailed to a tree - the cross. No, His life was not taken from Him; it was freely given because of His love for us! (John 10:18)
If you are feeling unloved this Christmas, may every Christmas tree remind you of the Cross of Christ and the price He paid because of His love for you. May the lights remind you that the Light of the World came to show us the way back home to the Father. May the round ornaments remind us of His never ending love for us. May the red decorations remind us of His blood shed as the price to pay for our sin; may the green of the tree be a reminder of the new life offered by Him.! (John 10:10; John 3:16-18)
Let this Christmas devotion focused on a tree remind us that the Christ Child did not remain a baby, but grew into the perfect sinless Son of God dwelling in flesh and taking the wrath and punishment of God on our behalf, surrendering His life, but then by the power of the One True God arose to life again that we may find new life in Him!
The Cross was the first real Christmas tree...bearing God's greatest Gift - Jesus!
"After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him."
Today think of the wise men and women you know and what makes them wise. My photo today is of my husband, one of the wisest men I know...and I don't just say that for "brownie points"!
I took the above photo one Christmas when he was about to read the Christmas story to our family. Think about it...what makes a person wise?
Proverbs 10:9 says - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
This verse speaks of fear of the LORD (Jehovah) as that of awe and honor for Who He is. Knowing the One True God in a personal relationship through His Son, Jesus Christ, and seeking Him makes us wise.
The Magi were wise men not because of all their learning and knowledge, but because they sought the One Who is wisdom. After speaking to Herod and getting no where, they continued the course and followed the star, God's guidance. They walked by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) They didn't know their destination or detailed directions. They just knew about Who they were seeking, and when they arrived they were overjoyed and they worshiped!
Maybe right now in your life you are seeking direction and wisdom for a decision you have to make.
"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."
Okay, this isn't your typical "star" photo; it's actually a star that fell off our little four-year-old granddaughter's shoe! But because of its connection with her, it was special to me; therefore, I chose it for my "star" for this Christmas devotion.
Have you ever thought about how the Wise Men knew about the star? Most Bible scholars believe these men (traditionally three in number because of the three gifts mentioned in Scripture) to have been of a certain group of priestly scholars or "Magi". They most likely studied among other things both astrology and ancient writings. Most scholars believe they were from the royal courts of Babylonia and Persia.
In Matthew 2:5-6 the Magi quote Micah 5:2 - "They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:
‘AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.’”
Think about it...how would these men have heard this prophecy from Isaiah 60:6 or Balaam's prophecy of a star that would announce the birth of a special King meant to be worshiped? (Numbers 24:17,19)
God in His infinite plan arranged it!
"All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him."
I was so excited that last week I was able to visit a petting zoo and take a photo of a real sheep for this photo Christmas devotion!
I'm sure somewhere in a sermon or Bible lesson you may have heard how "dumb" sheep are, but it isn't their intelligence that lacks, it's more of their stubbornness for independence that is strong. Even at birth they are able to stand very quickly on their own.
I believe this may be why God refers to us as sheep in the verse above. Our human nature and pride cause us to strive for independence - doing things our own way.
"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."
I chose an old photo for today's countdown topic. This is a picture of my firstborn...thirty years ago!
For me one of the highlights of the Christmas season is remembering and reminiscing. As we decorate our Christmas tree with ornaments from the past, many homemade by our four kids, they bring back sweet memories of long ago Christmases when our children were small.
It brings moments of gratefulness and tenderness. Yes, and even some regrets...the "wish I could go back and have a few do-overs". And although we cannot go back, we can gain perspective through remembering.
Fast forward several verses to Luke 2:19 and we read -
"But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart."
Mary took time to be still in the moment even with everything going on around her. In the awe of having given birth to God's Son, I believe she took time to ponder and remember Who Jesus was and worshiped.
"I am the rose of Sharon, The lily of the valleys."
I know...it's Christmas and you expected a photo of a poinsettia for a Christmas devotion. ( I will include a beautiful one at the end that my niece took!) But for now, I wanted you to be surprised because our God is a God of surprises, God of the unexpected. We cannot try to put Him in a box.
You also may be surprised about this Bible verse if you have never read it in context in your Bible and only heard the hymn.
In context of the Scripture the line - "I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valleys." is spoken by the young woman, Solomon's bride. Then Solomon replies - "Like a lily among the thorns, So is my darling among the maidens." in verse 2.
The whole book is a love story depicting Christ's love for His Bride, the Church, and His Bride's love for Him.
This young woman stood out among others not only because of her outer beauty, but because of the fragrance and beauty of her life that was changed by his love for her which in return caused her love for him to bloom.
Isn't that what God's love does in us? He loves us with such a great love in sending His One and Only Son that our lives may be changed, that we may be rescued, and in return our love for Him blooms! His beauty becomes reflected in and through our lives as a flower in full bloom.
"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
There is just something special about Christmas candy! The smiles and giggles its sweetness brings out in the young as well as the old is part of the joy of Christmas.
There is something else that brings a sweetness to the lives of others though and that is encouragement - "pleasant words."
My husband often references a quote by author Mark Twain:
"I can live for two months on a good compliment."
Our words matter. They either build others up or tear them down. They are able to both soothe and scar. Another Bible verse that encourages pleasant words is found in Ephesians 4:29 -
"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear."
Do our words build others up in their need of the moment and bring grace to those who hear? Both our words and actions affect those around us.
"But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
Although I have several angel ornaments on our Christmas tree, I didn't choose one of them for my countdown photo for today's Christmas devotion. Nor did I choose one from our nativity set.
I chose to take a picture of Thomas Blackshear's "Watchers in the Night" that hangs in our bedroom. I like how it portrays this messenger of God as mighty and strong. I believe it better portrays how the Bible describes angels.
Here in Luke 2:10-11 an angel of the Lord delivers a powerful message to the shepherds - "Do not be afraid."
Ideas for a Christmas object lesson can be found in so many of the items that arrive during the Christmas season - the gifts, the lights, the decorations and even the candy!
These Christmas object lessons can be used with groups of kids at church or with your own children at home as you walk with them daily pointing them to Jesus during this CHRISTmas season!
Great Bible object lessons can be found in so many Christmas items! Use a Christmas object lesson (or two) to teach the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ!
"Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You." Psalm 119:11
This is the eighth Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season! Each day snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!
11 - "“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
14 - "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me," John 10:11,14
Where I live there are not many real shepherds of which to take a photo; in fact, I don't think I have ever seen a real live shepherd in my life!
During the Christmas season shepherds seem plentiful in nativity scenes everywhere though. And what a reminder they are of how Jesus cares for each of us; He laid down His very life for us to save us from our sin!
I had thought of taking a photo of the shepherds in our Nativity scene, but since I haven't unpacked it to decorate for Christmas yet...Normally we decorate as a family a day or so after Thanksgiving, but this year we weren't able to be together. So here I am...putting off decorating by myself!
I do have my copy of Max Lucado's children's book - The Crippled Lamb.
So I chose to capture a pic from it! This is such a precious Christmas story that reminds children (as well as adults) just how special we each are to the Good Shepherd!
The shepherds were some of the first entrusted with the Good News that the Savior was born. No, God didn’t choose the rich, the well-educated, the influential. He chose common shepherds.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
The Greek word translated here as “word” is “logos” which relates to reasoning. Our English word “logic” has it’s origin here too. Let that sink in a moment. Jesus is the Word. He is reasoning. He is meaning. He is logic. Jesus makes life make sense! And truly – Jesus is the reason for the season!
A word is not just a bunch of random letters. Each word has order and gives meaning. What in your life right now is bringing meaning to your existence? This was one of the greatest things that changed in my life when Jesus came into my life; my life now has meaning and purpose…it makes sense!
A word whether spoken or read shares a thought; it references something beyond the letters. The letters – V, R, R, E, I – have no meaning in and of themselves, but when they are arranged as – RIVER, they bring to mind a picture of water running through a channel. Even though God reveals Himself throughout creation, He wanted to make sure we understood Who He is…so He sent His Son, Jesus, as The Word – Who was in the beginning with Him and is God Himself. We can know Him.
There are words all around us everyday – from the cereal box or newspaper ...
"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
I love the light from candles; the flame seems to dance and almost come alive! This little candle is special because a dear friend gave it to me one Christmas; therefore it earned to become a photo for my Christmas devotion countdown.
Have you ever thought about how the tiniest of lights can dispel any darkness, but darkness can never extinguish the tiniest of lights? Light is powerful! It exposes what may otherwise stay hidden.
The first chapter of the Gospel according to John is one of my favorites...so much so that I have worked myself silly memorizing the first fourteen verses!
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
I love that the word “inspired” here literally means “breathed”. All Scripture has been spoken or breathed by God Himself. Communication is key to any relationship; it’s the way we get to know each other. The Bible is one primary way God communicates to us about Who He is, His love for us, what’s best for us, etc.
2 Timothy 3:16 explains how the Bible can become God’s GPS for us in life. It’s profitable for: teaching (telling us how to get to where we need to be), reproof or rebuking (telling us when we have taken a wrong turn), correcting (getting us back on track going the right direction), and training in righteousness (continuing to guide us towards God’s best for us)!
Take out your GPS App on your phone and type in destination “Heaven”.
Dec. 3rd - Letter "J" - Matthew 1:21
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Look a round today and notice all the letter “J’s" you see. They may be in books, on signs, on grocery items, etc. Whenever you see one though speak the name of Jesus out loud; it may be a whisper or a shout of praise!
We used a photo of an ornament which hangs on our Christmas tree with the word "Joy" for our Letter "J" photo. There was so much joy that first Christmas!
Joy echoes through every stage of the Christmas story:
John the Baptist jumped for joy even in his mother’s womb –
“When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.” Luke 1:44
The angel announced joy to the shepherds –
“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10
The wise men were filled with joy –
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” Matthew 2:10
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"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him." Colossians 1:16
The photo for today is almost limitless of options. Take a photo of something God created that causes you to think about Him. It's even better if you choose something you will see often throughout your day or just carry the photo with you on your phone!
I chose to use a photo of clouds for God's creation. Clouds are probably one of my favorite things to photograph because they cause me to think of the majesty of God...and they are just so beautiful ... and they are everywhere!
This is the first Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season!
Each day snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!
I took a picture of a road down in the country where my ancestors lived. It is a quiet gravel road with the trees almost touching above having sprinkled their leaves across it’s dirt path.
There are many types of roads that take us to different destinations. Some are paved and crowded with cars speeding by; while others are quiet and peaceful but can become muddy when it rains. Roads are a lot like life.
Think about all the roads you will go down today; each one leads to a different destination. Sometimes we may get wrong directions and go down a wrong road never reaching the destination we desire.
Join us for a 25 days to Christmas Photo Challenge Countdown!
Each day we will be posting an everyday object coupled with a Bible verse and devotion to help us keep Christ at the center of our Christmas celebrations!
We challenge you to take your own photo and post it to your social media to encourage others or just to help you and your family keep Jesus as your focus for the Christmas season and beyond.
This is lots of fun to do with your youth group, Sunday school class, family and friends, etc.
Help us encourage others to lift Jesus above all the hustle and bustle of the season and share the hope of Christ as we become lights to the world!
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