Prayer – Lord, we ask that all of us may go forward into the New Year, living well under your influence. Amen
Yes it is New Year’s Eve; that day when we can roll all our past into our past and start into a new future. The Bible often mentions the new day. Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning. (Ecclesiastes 11:7, NLT)
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. (Matthew 28:1, NLT)
That’s what the New Year can be for us. A new beginning, as we take what happened to us or through us this past year and let it go. Then we can concentrate on the New Year and live it as fully as we can through the resurrection of the Christ. We can claim his promises and live them as our own, for he died for each of us individually.
And in the midst of all this chaos…we’ve forgotten why Christmas even is. It’s all about Jesus! Jesus! Remember??
What ‘shoulds and expectations’ do we add to Christmas?
What would have happened if any one of the participants—Mary, Joseph, innkeeper, angels, shepherds, and wise men—had disobeyed? What happens when we disobey now?
The Bible clearly states that the appearance of an angel scared the shepherds out of their wits! Luke 2:9
How would you like to be 9 months pregnant and spend a week or two, riding a donkey for 80 miles or so (111 Km) across dangerous dirt paths, with a guy you barely know?
That’s what happened to Elizabeth when Mary showed up on her doorstep in Judea. The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth.
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.”(Luke 1:41-44, NLT)
Elizabeth hasn’t heard a word except a ‘Hi there, Elizabeth’ but the Spirit made everything known to her.
Do we trust the Holy Spirit when he speaks to us or do we doubt his presence?
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. (1 Thessalonians 5:18-20, KJV)
Prayer – Lord, help us follow through on this verse…for Christ. Amen
12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway
I’m participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giveaway. My gift is featured on day 8!
Just in time for the holiday season, each gift provides encouragement, inspiration and ideas on staying healthy both in body and in spirit.
Check out the great lineup of gifts that are available to you in the next 12 days:
Day 1 – Casey Sollock is giving away a pdf copy of “Eat Chocolate, Quit Exercising…” book to help you discover how to create health and happiness in a fun and sustainable way! If you’ve felt stuck in your health for a while, the secrets in this book will get you (happily) moving in the right direction. First step? Sip a delicious green smoothie! Your recipe awaits.
Day 2 – Kimberly Rae is giving away a pdf copy of “Why Doesn’t God Fix It? – Shining Eternal Light of the Darkness of Chronic Illness and Any Suffering” book. A book of encouragement and hope, endorsed by Joni Earekson Tada! Includes Special Appendix: How Would Jesus Respond to Health & Wealth?
Day 3 – Stephanie Nickel is giving away a pdf of “Tips for a Healthier Life” that includes tips to improve your life in the areas of prayer, Bible study, exercise, and healthy eating.
Day 4 – Rusty Nokes is giving away a pdf copy excerpt from “Christ Fit Fusion” book. Spiritually and physically, have you yo-yo’d, gotten weak, had moments of strength, experienced success, fallen for a lie, gotten discouraged, but always known down deep there was truth and a missing link somewhere? You can change your future in 31 days by following the Christ Fit Principles.
Day 5 – Jennifer Waddle is giving away a pdf copy of “Amazing Life Blueprint” to rediscover your God-given strengths. Are you wondering what your real purpose in life is? The “Amazing Life Blueprint” will help you rediscover your God-given strengths and live fully for Him.
Day 6 – CJ Hitz is giving away a pdf copy of “Smoothies for Runners” book. Doesn’t that word just roll off the tongue nicely? Smoothies have to be one of the greatest inventions (or accidents) in the world of food. But for the runner, they can be one of our best friends. A healthy smoothie recipe can be the perfect recovery food after a long run, provide fuel before a workout and offer a quick and nutritious meal on the go.
Day 7 – Barb Raveling is giving away a pdf copy excerpt from “Taste for Truth” book. “I’ll Start Tomorrow” is Day 3 of Barb Raveling’s 30 day weight loss Bible study, Taste for Truth.
Day 8 – Brenda Wood is giving away a pdf copy excerpt from “God Gluttony and You” book. If you are on a diet, have ever been on a diet, need spiritual nourishment, or just feel lousy about yourself, this is the book for you. Feed your spirit and improve your physical health at the same time.
Day 9 – Liz Faison is giving away a pdf copy of “7 Healthy Recipes for Dinner!” Delicious dinner recipes that make it easier to eat nutritious meals all week long.
Day 10 – Heidi Bylsma is giving away a 45-minute audio called, “My Story and Why You Want to Ditch Dieting Forever.” Jump off the dieting treadmill. Rejoice while melting down to your natural God-given size!
Day 11 – Nicole Swiner is giving away a free hour long consultation on how to publish and market your book like she has OR a free book “How to Avoid the Superwoman Complex”. This book provides a guide to abolish the notion that you have to be “Superwoman” for your life to matter.
Day 12 – Renee Wiggins is giving away a 5-day course on spiritual journaling to help increase your awareness of yourself and of God. Spiritual journaling can also improve your health and a tool to help transform you.
Visit http://www.kimberleypayne.com/day-1-12-days-of-christmas-gift-giveaway/ today to access your first gift!