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Holiday Devotional - New Year's Day 2017

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A Spiritual Trainer Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 The Christmas season is abundant with so many good things. Celebrating the birth of Christ; sharing meaningful times with loved ones; giving toward local ...

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Holiday Devotional - New Year's Eve 2016

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The Gift Of Time But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 Time is an interesting gift isn't it? I remember when the gift of time became a reality to me. It was my sophomore year of high school and a classmate of mine...

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Holiday Devotional - December 30, 2016

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What Is Your Name? I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1b It is strange how a name, or a nickname, can define you. Growing up, I had a lot of names. Most of them I have spent time, effort, and tears trying to live down. There was Becky - until I changed it in middle school to Bekah. For me, this name is my childhood. A time of innocenc...

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Holiday Devotional - December 29, 2016

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Live Laugh Love Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. Psalm 39:4 We see those three words all the time on cards and wedding invitations, on paintings, and on wall decorations made out of wood for our homes. They invite us to embrace the good things in life, the stuff that really matters in the big picture. But, i...

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Holiday Devotional - December 28, 2016

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B R E A T H E This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the g...

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Holiday Devotional - December 27, 2016

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Choose To Trust Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5a Do you trust the Lord? No really do you trust the Lord right now? Do you trust Him in the midst of whatever you are going through? In the midst of the hurt, tears, pain, suffering, the just downright agony? I have lost count on how many times I've asked myself that over the course of my husband's illnes...

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Holiday Devotional - December 26, 2016

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What Do You Want? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11 This is the season that we especially love to "give." We open our hearts to those we love, we open our wallets to those in need, and we open our schedules so that others will enjoy...

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Holiday Devotional - Christmas Day 2016

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We All Have The Same Wish List Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have ...

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Holiday Devotional - Christmas Eve 2016

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The Night Before Christmas Remade to Tell the Story of Christ's Birth (Great to read to your little ones if you've got them!) 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the earth, ​Every creature was stirring, awaiting a birth. The time for Messiah was certainly near, The prophets foretold it; the Bible was clear. From the book of beginnings, the very first sin,...

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Holiday Devotional - December 23, 2016

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The Light I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12 The Christmas season can be a challenge some years for many of us, even though the commercial image evokes family time, decorations, great food, fellowship with friends, and celebrating the birth of Jesus. For me, that was the Christmas of 2003....

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Holiday Devotional - December 22, 2016

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Tangible The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means "God with us"). Matthew 1:23 Recently I went to Iceland, a land of glorious geysers and gliding glaciers, hidden waterfalls and harrowing weather. One afternoon we were following the coastline and spotted blue icebergs in an expansive bay. We pulled over to the side,...

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Holiday Devotional - December 21, 2016

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Diving In And since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:21-23 There are times, when I am discontent...

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Holiday Devotional - December 20, 2016

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Jesus - God's Best Gift I will be with you; For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:2a,3a 2016 has been one of the most challenging years of my life so far. I have had several "life verses" over the course of 2016. Here are a few: When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will no...

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Holiday Devotional - December 19, 2016

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Never Lose The Wonder Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5 I love being a mother around Christmastime! I get to see the excitement and wonder in the eyes of my children with which I often have lost touch. A really ...

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Holiday Devotional - December 18, 2016

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Confident Expectation The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means "God with us"). Matthew 1:23 I'm the first to admit that I have struggled to love Advent season music. Though much of my childhood wasn't spent with believers, the part that was, found itself in a small Baptist country church. We started singing Christmas ...

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Holiday Devotional - December 17, 2016

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Come And See The Five Little Fingers of God The Word of God became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14 (The Message) Do you remember when that first baby was placed in your arms? Do you recall the incredible sweetness and deep joy of those first moments after delivery or holding that adopted little one that will call you Mommy? Were you surprised...

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Holiday Devotional - December 16, 2016

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My Christmas - A Love Letter To Our King The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Father of my longing soul, how I desire to be near you. I am painfully aware of my brokenness and need for you, but with joyfulness, I see your cross. A cross...

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Holiday Devotional - December 15, 2016

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Do Not Fear I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 Linus. Don't we all just love Linus from "A Charlie Brown Christmas?" Every year, we wait to watch our beloved best friend of Charlie Brown remind him what Christmas is all about. Linus takes center sta...

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Holiday Devotional - December 14, 2016

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Mary, Filled With Thanksgiving Praise And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." Luke 1:38 Quite a few years ago, I had the privilege of spending time in Israel. I invite you to join me on a faith-filled journey as we take a fresh look into the heart of Mary, the Mother of our Lord. Remembering the rough terrain all ...

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Holiday Devotional - December 13, 2016

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Love Well Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 Years ago after the death of a family member, I took part in a grief class here at the church. There was a widower in my class whose name I do not remember, but one thing he said will stay with me for the rest of my life. He and his wife met when the...

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Holiday Devotional - December 12, 2016

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Is It Truly More Blessed To Give Than To Receive? Remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35 Over the past few years, God has stretched my perspective on giving and receiving in some pretty big ways. In 2014, my husband and I followed God's call to move to East Africa as medical missionaries. Prior to this...

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Holiday Devotional - December 11, 2016

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The Gift The free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23b Christmas is the time for giving gifts. We all remember experiencing the giving or the receiving of a gift that was more special than any other. We remember the look on a child's face when she opened a gift that was beyond anything that she ever expected to receive. You remember shoppi...

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Holiday Devotional - December 10, 2016

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Run To Him Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 I know how thrilled I am when our 2-year old grandson gets so excited to do FaceTime and calling "Nana, Nana." It just melts my heart. It also lets me know that he knows who I am and he recognizes me and wants me to know that he knows me. He keeps repeating it over and over...

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Holiday Devotional - December 9, 2016

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The One On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw ...

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Holiday Devotional - December 8, 2016

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Breathe I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 I find that December is incredibly hurried and busy. But if I'...

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Holiday Devotional - December 7, 2016

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The Gift For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. Isaiah 9:6a Gather around the Christmas tree, children, let me tell you a story. Though the beginning and the end sound like a fairy tale and too good to be true, this is not a fairy tale! Once upon a time, a long time ago, a Father and His Son were looking out over their Kingdom. Their eyes roamed the forests, t...

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Holiday Devotional - December 6, 2016

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'Tis The Season to Fear Not And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." Luke 1:38 I am in a group that a couple weeks ago was discussing fear. Everyone who shared acknowledged that much of the time they carry around some level of anxiety. We carry our personal uncertainties and then the global ones just pile on - these ...

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Holiday Devotional - December 5, 2016

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Be Still Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 Life is busy. I keep waiting for it to slow down, to get to a manageable pace. While I wait in vain, I have become a master at multi-tasking. Don't pat me on this back for this. I may get a lot done, but I often feel emptied out, the frazzled shell...

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Holiday Devotional - December 4, 2016

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But God But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 When our son and his family Skype us from Germany, we usually end up saying "hello" through laughter as I invariably mess up hitting the correct...

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Holiday Devotional - December 3, 2016

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Our Family Christmas Newsletter Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 Merry Christmas from the _______ family! We've included a letter to update you on our family happenings this year enjoy! This has been quite a full year. Kids are growing so fast, we can hardly keep up. Life is great. Actually, it's been a super hard year. We've come...

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Holiday Devotional - December 2, 2016

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Did I REALLY Just Think That? Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2 I have been thinking a lot lately about just that, my thought life. What it consists of and what it doesn't and what it should. Sometimes it's very hard to reign in your thoughts and the harder I try the more I seem to fail. Let's be honest. When you trie...

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Holiday Devotional - December 1, 2016

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The God of Sacrificial Living For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17 Early December of last year, I took my children with me to a Christmas Outreach in ...

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Holiday Devotional - November 30, 2016

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The Authority of God His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. Daniel 7:14b Years ago, when our family was still in Florida, I was leaving the grocery store with 3-year-old Nathan in the shopping cart and his 5-year-old sister, Ruth, in hand. We were about to cross the busy parking lot to load up...

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Holiday Devotional - November 29, 2016

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Busyness And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." Mark 6:31 Child, in this season, you are rushing from one thing to the next. I try to speak to you, but you don't hear me over the noise of your tasks. There's shopping to do, food to prepare, gifts to wrap, parties to attend, volunteer opportunities all around you. In all your...

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Holiday Devotional - November 28, 2016

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After the earthquake there was a fire but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, "What are you doing here Elijah?" 1 Kings 19:12-13...

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Holiday Devotional - November 27, 2016

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The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save… He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17...

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Holiday Devotional - November 26, 2016

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O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. - Psalm 131:3...

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Holiday Devotional - November 25, 2016

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Pilgrimage to Wholeness in God Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 One of the most influential pastors and mentors of my life (although I have never met him) is Eugene Peterson. Much of what follows is borrowed/stolen/learned from him and this particularly from his book A Long Obedience i...

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Introduction

We are counting the days until November 27! Starting on that day there will be a new devotional available each day that will encourage and challenge you as you navigate through the highs and lows of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year seasons....

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