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Finding quiet prayer time in a busy world

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Matthew 11:28-30-Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

A couple months ago at Wellspring one of the attendees said she was trying hard not to say, “I’m busy,” when people ask her how she is. I loved this idea and I have been trying hard to do the same. Our brains are so programmed to answer with busy, this is a hard change to make. So as I slowly am trying to be more aware of my words I have to constantly ask God for help and continually remind myself of the change I am trying to make. Being involved and active and doing good each day is so important but we can’t let our busyness consume us and keep us from quiet time with God. For those of you who know me, you know that relaxing and sitting still are very difficult. I have to make a conscience effort to just sit and let my body and brain relax. My body is wired a bit differently than a lot of people’s and I have come to accept that and embrace it but that does not mean that I am not always trying to work on making more quiet relaxed time in prayer.

The last couple of months have been no exception for busy (all busy in a great way) and life is good but as this happens I find myself not spending as much time in the Word and in prayer. As I was sitting in a warm bath with essential oils and a hot cup of tea the other day, this devotion idea came to me. First, I was mad at myself for slacking on reading the Bible as much as I had been each morning and then I realized I had not been praying in depth as much as I had been. I oftentimes pray throughout my work day, but I realized I have been lacking on complete quiet time praying. We know that when we put God first and go to Him for our every need life runs more smoothly. So I am saddened that I was not being as consistent as I was but I am grateful for this wake up call and for a loving and forgiving God, who promises us in the verse above to give us rest. God is there for us always and we must keep Him at the front of all we do.

Find a way that you love to relax and make time for God and do that more often. For me, a warm bath and hot tea help me feel relaxed and clear my mind so I can pray and take all of my worries and thanksgivings to God. As the beautiful season of Christ’s birth comes upon us, let us not get caught up in the devil’s trap of busyness. Let us remember the reason we are celebrating and embrace each day with a deep joy that comes only from knowing Christ our Savior.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, We never want to be too busy for you. We know that we can give you all of our burdens and worries and you will give us rest. Please give us wisdom throughout the next few months to lean on you and not be burdened by the busyness of the world. Help us to find quiet time with you so we can see the many blessings you have given us. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What things help you clear your mind for Bible reading and prayer?

How can you become less “busy?” Give one specific example of what you can change starting today.

Love, love, love … it is oh so important

John 15:9-13: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends.

LOVE! It is so important. In just these four Bible verses a form of the word love is used eight times. The word love is used hundreds of times throughout the Bible. This reminds us just how important it is to love. It sounds so flowery and easy but to truly love like Jesus loves is a huge challenge. It can be hard to love others especially those who are different from us or those who have hurt us. Love takes work. We have a choice every day to live like Jesus loving others everywhere we go or to live selfishly thinking only about our desires. We all know the right choice is to love but it takes patience and prayer.

Let all that you do be done in love. (1)

I don’t know about you but I often need reminders to love always. I have a couple signs like the one shown that I printed off and have them hanging in the back room of my store so each day I see these. This is a daily reminder for me that everything I do is to honor God. Everything I have belongs to him, he is entrusting me to run my business well and bless others. 1 Corinthians 14:16-Let all that you do be done in love, is such a simple verse but yet the words are so powerful. It is amazing when we choose to be happy and obey God’s commandment to love how much life can change. When we are obeying the commandment to love we get less worried when big events happen that affect our life, it is easier to respond calmly to people who have hurt us and we go about our everyday tasks with a smile on our face because we have joy within us that only comes from God.

When we love others we must learn to forgive those who have hurt us. Hanging on to anger and hurt feelings holds us back and stifles our relationships. Saying we are sorry is a big part of loving well. We must be able to admit we make mistakes and ask others for forgiveness. We also must learn to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Every minute we spend thinking about our mistakes takes away from time where we could be blessing others.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, We want to love others deeper every single day. Please help us to keep this as a priority throughout this week and always. Help us see situations where we can share love each day in our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities. Thank you for loving us unconditionally no matter what mistakes we make, we know your love for us never ends. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What ways can you continue to make love a bigger part of your life?

Share examples of how doing things out of love, have been a blessing to others and you.

Fall is a great time to focus on the beauty in each season

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Ecclesiastes 3:11-He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

As we can feel a cool crisp in the air and the leaves begin to change colors we know that fall is on its way. The changing of the weather seasons is a great time to focus on God’s beauty and wondrous creations. It is also a good time to look at our life and examine the season we are in. There are ugly seasons, sad seasons, joyful seasons, hard seasons, grateful seasons and more. Let’s take a few minutes and acknowledge that God is guiding our path and He has a purpose for all that is happening in our life. Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us that no matter what we are facing, God will make everything beautiful in its time. It is important to note that it does not say, in our time when we want something to happen. It is all in God’s timing. He uses every situation for the good of those who love Him.

There can be beauty in every situation. Don’t be blinded by the struggles and setbacks but keep your eye on eternity and know that God will make everything beautiful in its time. If you are in a season of great joy and happiness right now continue to give thanks to God for the many blessings he has given you. For every great and beautiful gift comes from above. If you are in a season of darkness or struggle continue to give thanks for the blessings you do have and be sure to go to God for everything you need.

God promises in John 3:16-“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We cannot even comprehend what eternal life will be like but we know there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain. Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

This is such an exciting promise that keeps us going when times get tough. And when life is moving along well this promise of eternal life motivates us to live every day for God and sharing his love with others.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for the promise of eternal life if we believe in you. Let us hold that promise close to our hearts every day so we can live for you. As we go through the seasons of our life whether they are beautiful seasons or hard challenges let us look to you and know that you will make everything beautiful in its time. Fill our hearts with your love so we can be a blessing to others this week. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What season of life are you experiencing right now?

What can you do this week to embrace this season and let it work for God’s glory?

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The story of David and Goliath never gets old

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1 Samuel 17:37-And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go and the Lord be with you.”

The story of David and Goliath never gets old. A few weeks ago in church our pastor was going through a sermon series in 1 Samuel and it was time for the super heroic story of the young peasant boy named David. This is a great children’s Bible story because it has the plot line of an average peasant defeating a giant in a big way. The story is exciting and shows God is bigger than even a huge Philistine. It is a great feel good story where the underdog comes out on top.  I think when I was younger my thoughts about the story stopped there. As I sat in church listening to this story recently, I was captivated by the action and I was paying attention to every little detail leading up to David killing Goliath. I was thinking this story is not just a great story for children this is a wonderful reminder to all of us that God is bigger than all of our problems or worries. We can learn a lot from this story of David defeating Goliath.

First off, David’s focus was on God and not on the struggle at hand. How freeing would it be each day if we would just keep our focus on God and not worry about our problems that seem so big? Secondly, David had huge faith. He was confident God was on his side. David says to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”

As David approached the battle with his sling and just five rocks he did not let fear slow him down. This is such an important lesson for us. So often we let fear keep us right where we are. Our fears and insecurities keep us from taking big leaps of faith for God’s glory. Fear is from the enemy and we must recognize that and not let it stop us in our tracks. The Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 17:48, “When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle to meet the Philistine.” What? Can you believe that? He ran quickly? How can that be? Here he was a small young lad running to meet a large person over 9 feet tall with only a sling and stones.

There is definitely a lot we can learn from David. I encourage you to pick up your Bible this week and read the story of David and Goliath. 1 Samuel 17 is action-packed and filled with so many powerful reminders in our walk with the Lord. When you find yourself in a situation and gripped with fear remember David and his no-fear attitude and his huge faith in God! Let David be an inspiration to you as you let go of the fear and face your giant.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Thank you for allowing us to explore the Bible story of David and Goliath. Open our eyes so that we see this is not just a story for children. There are many truths packed in this one story that we can use in our life daily. Please be with us this week as we work to overcome our fears so we can honor you in all we do. Help us to see your glory in even the most difficult of situations. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

Do you have fears right now that are keeping you from fully being the person God created you to be?

What is one thing you can do this week to overcome your fears and have faith like David?

June 2, 2015 Wellspring devotion

 

 

Friends, here is the devotion from our Tuesday, June, 2, Wellspring. It has been a challenging week. As I post this I ask for prayers for my family right now especially my grandpa, my mom and aunts and uncles! May God’s love surround them and Psalm 23:4 give them comfort.creativity is Intelligence having fun (1)

Psalm 23:4-Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Have you been crazy busy lately and not taken the time pray and have some quiet time with God? When we are too busy to draw near to God and ask him for help and thank him for our blessings, I am pretty sure that makes the devil really happy. Busy is a distraction that keeps us from drawing closer to our Lord. I don’t know about you but that sentence right there about making the devil happy hurts my heart and makes me feel deep concern for my actions. I want to make Jesus happy, not the enemy. We all need this little reminder once in awhile to keep our focus on God and not let the busyness of our daily life keep us from him.

It is so easy to fill our schedule to the brim and then not set aside time for growing closer to Christ. Recently, I started getting together with a Christian mentor on a regular basis. Before I started this I had to make the commitment that I would set aside the time to meet with her. There have been some times when our schedules do not allow us to get together as often as we would like but in the weeks we do not see each other we pray for each other and I miss our time together. The time I have spent with this woman in conversation and prayer has been so beneficial and it reminds me to take time to grow in my faith. Knowing that this woman is praying for my every need and for my marriage and for my family members she does not even know means so much to me. She has been such a blessing in my life and she is helping me to stay focused on serving God. If you do not have a mentor, I highly recommend it to remind us to continue to grow closer to God and to show us His unconditional love.

The hymn “In the Garden” written in 1912 by Austin Miles is a beautiful song written about taking time to talk with God and enjoy his beauty in nature. This song has always had a special place in my heart. It is a song that is easy to listen to when going through difficult times. I remember well this song when it was played at my step dad’s funeral 15 years ago. There were times after the funeral that I would listen to it 10 or 15 times in a row when I was driving. Such beautiful, powerful words about the great joy it brings to know that God is with us every single minute of every single day through every single happy time and in every single dark, sad time. This is also a song my mom likes a lot as well and listening to it makes her sad but also joyful in knowing she has peace with Jesus. Music touches our hearts in so many ways and can draw us closer to God when we are going through trying times.

In the Garden (Hymn written by Austin Miles)

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

He speaks and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me,
Within my heart is ringing . . .

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other, has ever, known!

Prayer for the week: Dear Heavenly Father, Please lead us this week to rely on you for our every need. Just as Psalm 23 says, you will comfort us. Help us to draw near to you so we can be filled with love as we go about our daily lives. Forgive us for the times we are too busy to pray and come to you first with our issues and help us this week to pray more often about everything that is going on in our life. We want to keep our focus on you. In your name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What are the benefits of spending some quiet time in prayer?

Do you have particular songs that stir up emotions and draw you closer to God?

 

Give God the reins

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Proverbs 16:3 - Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

As we were attending graduation celebrations this weekend, I was thinking what an exciting time it is for young people as they close one chapter of their life and look to the world ahead! I remember when I graduated high school I thought I knew exactly what would happen in my life. I planned to go to college, get a job, get married and have a family. That is just how I thought it worked. It is amazing when you step back and let God take the reins how life goes in directions you had never planned. The expectations that are placed on us by the world are not always the way it works out. And for that I am so thankful. I did finish college and went into the workforce thinking I would work in the media business for the rest of my life. I quickly realized I wanted a job with more variety so I went back to college and taught school for four years and then took a leap of faith and bought a small business. That huge risk was so scary but I knew God was at the head of the ship and it was His plan that I stepped out in faith and made a decision that went against what my friends and family thought was wise.

As this year’s graduates of high school and college go out into the new world, we pray for peace and knowledge to follow the plans the Lord has for their life! Don’t feel like you have to do something just because “society” says it is the thing to do. It is ok to take some time to figure out what you want to do when you grow up! It is not college degrees or money or marriage that completes our life….it is trusting in Jesus our Savior to lead us where He wants us to go. So don’t feel rushed to get on to the next thing in life. Enjoy every moment and be a blessing to others where you are right now!

James 4:13-17 says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’ — yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

This is such a great verse to remind us to be humble in all we do and give all the glory to God for leading us in His path. Even in times that seem dark and very difficult God is with us and He wants us to trust Him to bring us through to better things.

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Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please be with all of the recent graduates as they move on into the next chapter of their lives. Give them humble hearts that seek to honor you in all they do. Help them to make wise choices for their future and let them learn from the stumbling blocks that might get in the way. Thank you for being our guide in all we do. Help us to always remember to commit all of our work to you and then help us to have faith that you have our plans in your hand. In your name we pray, Amen.

Discussion questions:

Are there times in your life when things did not go as planned and you questioned God?

Reflect on a time when things did not go as you wanted them to, but later you thanked God for doing what he did.

Rugged cross is daily reminder to follow Jesus

Mark 8:34-And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

In this Bible verse Jesus tells us to deny ourselves and follow Him. This is a big task. A lot is packed into this verse in Mark. We must let go of our self-pride, we must change our behaviors that are only self pleasing and take on behaviors that glorify God. We must let go of our sinful nature and our sinful desires and take up the cross and follow Jesus. The cross is a symbol of suffering and pain and also a beautiful reminder that our Savior died a tragic death on that cross so that we may live some day in paradise with God.

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Oftentimes I think of ideas for devotions and don’t always write them down. As I have been looking at this cross this past week, I have so many questions….I wonder who made it? Is it made out of a special material? I love the rugged look of this cross and as I was looking at it the other day, I was thinking it looks rough and worn. Many people might look at it and think it is junk. To me it serves as a beautiful reminder that sometimes we see only the bad in people and specific situations, when really there is so much good to be seen. Jesus instructs us in the verse above to take up His cross and follow Him. He is asking us to see the blessings in every person and difficult situation. He is asking us to be kind and show forgiveness to those who have hurt us.

So I cannot write this devotion without sharing another one of my favorite traditional hymns, The Old Rugged Cross, written in 1913 by George Bennard. I absolutely love the words of so many of the traditional hymns. So many powerful words to worship our Savior. I find it very sad that we no longer sing these hymns on a regular basis in churches.

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

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Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please be with us this week as we strive to honor you. Help us to let go of our selfish tendencies and let us feel your presence in all we do! We want to take up your cross and let our light shine for you. Forgive us for the many wrongs we commit and help us to keep our focus on you. When we see a cross, let us be reminded of the suffering you went through to set us free from sin. We cannot thank you enough for the gift of eternal life. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What stands in the way from taking up the cross in our daily lives?

Are there sins keeping us from a closer walk with God?

 

Wellspring Devotion Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Proverbs 22:9- Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

This wonderful verse is a key verse for the non-profit Christian organization, Feed My Starving Children. According to the Feed My Starving Children website the organization is committed to feeding God’s children who are hungry in body and spirit. Children and adult volunteers pack meals that are then shipped around the world. To date Feed My Starving Children works with more than 70 countries. Coming up in less than two weeks people here in Worthington have the chance to play a small part in this mission to feed the poor.

Though the event is actually happening in just 10 days, it has been in progress for quite some time and many people have worked to make this happen in Worthington. It has been nothing short of amazing to see how God has brought many churches and committed individuals together to make this happen. Worthington’s original goal was to raise $22,000 and pack 100,000 meals. The latest goal is to raise $25,600 and local volunteers will pack 132,000 meals during the two-day event.

To see this event come together in our community and the many ways God is working to bring people together is awesome. I have had the opportunity to play just a small part in the planning group and I have learned so much through the experience and each time I leave a meeting I am reminded of how blessed we are in this country to have food and medical services we need at our fingertips. Saving my change for this project is constantly reminding me that only 22 cents can pay for one meal for hungry children in other countries. God has used this project to remind me on a daily basis we can all do things to make a difference for others. This is what we are called to do. The Bible tells us over and over to care for the poor. In Acts 20:35 Paul speaking to the elders says, “In all these things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than receive.’” Proverbs 14:31 says, “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” Dueteronomy 15:11 reads, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”

These verses do not promise that we will receive earthly recognition or material possessions when we give to the poor. They tell us that giving is what Jesus wants us to do even when we feel like we have nothing to give. The reward of our giving to others may never be acknowledged on this earth but it keeps our eyes and heart set on our eternal home.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please remind us throughout this week that we are truly blessed in this country. We thank you for giving us enough food to eat and clothing to wear. We pray for every single adult and child who is going hungry day after day. We ask you to bless them and watch over them and allow organizations like Feed My Starving Children to help make an impact for your kingdom. Help us to see and act on the opportunities right here in this community where people are in need. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What stands in the way of getting involved and helping those less fortunate?

Has there ever been a time when you had a great need and someone showed Christ’s love and helped you?

Wellspring Devotion, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

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Matthew 14:23-And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone.

The last few weeks as I have been reading chronologically in the New Testament of the Bible it has really stood out to me how much Jesus prayed while He walked on this Earth. This is such a powerful message to us today. Jesus prayed often. He needed prayer and He often talked to the heavenly Father while He was spreading the gospel during his life on earth. The verses in the New Testament about praying remind us how important it is to ask God for our every need. The Bible shows us that Jesus prayed alone like the verse above states. He also prayed for other people. In Matthew 19:13 it says, “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.” And Luke 9:28 reads, “Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.”

These verses illustrate it is important to find our own quiet time to pray so we can focus and give our full attention to God in our heartfelt words. The scripture also shows us we should pray for others and pray together with each other. There are so many ways to pray and it is important to work all types of prayer into our daily life.

Even at times when we don’t know what to pray for or we are too emotional to come up with our own words, Jesus gives us instructions. In Matthew 6:5-15 and Luke 11:1-13 He gives us the words of the Lord’s Prayer. His disciples asked him directly to teach them to pray and Jesus responded with the words of the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer starts out giving praise to the Father.

In Jesus’ final hours on this Earth as He was being crucified He cried out to his Father. He prayed the night before his crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane and Luke 22:24 says, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Jesus prayed until the very end of his earthly life. Let us learn from Jesus’ example and be reminded that anytime of the day, anywhere is a great time for prayer.

Prayer for the week: Dear God, Your son Jesus gave us a great example of the power of prayer. He faithfully turned to you many times in prayer as He walked on this Earth. As we begin this new year, help us to turn to you more often in prayer. Open our eyes and our hearts so we can see what to pray for and in those times when we have no words, let us turn to the Bible and pray the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples. In Your Name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What ways do you make time for prayer in your daily life?

Have you had any answered prayers recently where you clearly see God at work?

Wellspring Devotion December 2, 2014

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Isaiah 7:14-Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Tis the season! Aww, the words that conjure up many memories and feelings depending on the person and the circumstances of life. Yes, tis the season of Jesus’ birth. The season when we celebrate the life of our Savior who was born to set us free from sin. It is a beautiful season but it is important to remember for some people “tis the season” can mean a time of extra busyness, extra financial worries, depression, loneliness…there are so many memories and thoughts that go through people’s minds during the month of December. Let us not forget that people sometimes struggle during the holidays. Let us show love and kindness in all that we do!

This past week I was talking to a friend of mine who helped out a family in town who lost everything in a house fire. She has done a tremendous amount to lend a helping hand. She helped organize a community night fundraiser at a local restaurant (one of the busiest community impact nights this establishment had ever had) and she has helped collect items to furnish the family’s new home. I had the chance to ask her the other day how she got involved in this. What she proceeded to tell me during the conversation left me with tears in my eyes. The family is simply a family she knows through her job and she felt the need to help out. Her small gestures have helped this family in huge ways and rallied the community together to help a family in need.

As we approach the Christmas season this December, let us take that extra initiative to help out others in need. Let us step out of our comfort zone and do the uncomfortable things that will bless others. When God lays something on our heart, take action. About a month ago, I had the idea to put a collection jar at my business for Feed My Starving Children. I had the initial idea and quickly tried to bury the idea. I was worried about what people might think. I spent time praying about it and decided it was the right thing to do. It is never easy to do the uncomfortable but it is what God wants us to do. Let us lean into to Him this Christmas season and spread His love in all we do.

Prayer for the week:Dear God, tis the season to give you thanks and praise. As we enter this joyous holiday season celebrating the birth of Your Son, let us show Your love in all we do. Open our eyes so we can see what needs to be done and take action to help others. Let us remember those who are suffering or going through difficult times and help in any way we can. In Your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:
How can we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this season?
What ways can we show God’s love this holiday season?