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Blogs by Christian Women by Crystal Gaudet - 5M ago

With  Valentines Day coming up, love is a popular topic and theme.  Well, I have the best Father who loves me. GOD. He is the greatest love anyone could ask for.

We don’t need expensive things or presents to show our love to Him. Intimacy is what He wants from us. To know us and care and provide for us is His desire.

The world has convinced us that we should buy gifts and go out to dinner. Why have we been so consumed with propaganda and society telling us what to do?

I say we should love each other and make people feel special every day. Even if its just an encouraging word or a smile. No, you don’t need to buy things for someone. Making or putting effort into the gift is probably more special. If we tell each other every day that we care, we don’t need society telling us to take one day of the year out to take your special someone out.

To show you the greatest love that God has for us I have put together 10 scriptures for you to read.

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Whether you recently had a break-up or have been single for sometime now, the thought of facing Valentine’s Day solo may be bringing up feelings of sadness and dread. If so take heart, you’re not alone. With more than 115 million singles 18 years and older in America according to the US Census Bureau, you’re a part of a pretty large crowd of people facing Valentine’s Day alone.

Just because you don’t have a significant other to share the day, doesn’t mean you can’t still love on yourself and others. 

Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of Valentine’s Day this year:

Be reminded of God’s great love for you

Although it’s natural to crave or desire romantic love, it’s only one type of love. Love exists in your life today and every day. In fact, the Word of God tells us that God loves us with an everlasting love. Spend some time reviewing passages of scripture that reminds you of just how much God loves you. You might also consider purchasing a new devotional or journal to help you write out passages of scripture that focuses on God’s love.

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We’re into the second month of a new year! This tends to be the time when resolutions start to straggle, goals might begin to wither, and new routines begin to sag. This doesn’t have to be the case, of course, but it’s true that several people struggle to keep up with the changes right about now.

One common goal for Christians is to spend more time seeking God- to maintain devotional times during the morning or before bed, to read the Bible more often, to build a stronger relationship with the Lord. This is one awesome goal that certainly does not have to fade! Friends who struggle with this, though, tell me that it’s because they don’t know what to do.

What does “seeking God” look like?

Especially those new to the faith struggle with long stretches of prayer or scripture reading; it becomes mundane, they don’t know what to say or read. Even those with tenure in the faith report that their God time can become tedious or “dry”, falling to the level of just going through the motions.

I believe that spending time with God is not all peaches and cream all the time, because the presence of His perfection inevitably renders our imperfections obvious and sometimes painful.

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Not long ago, I left my FitBit to charge beside my bed. I went about my day and returned a few hours later to collect it. But much to my dismay, it was still completely dead! I checked the outlet, checked the plug…and checked the charger. What do ya’ know? In my rush, I hadn’t correctly lined up the dots on the back of the watch with the dots on the charger…there was no connection. And it made me think.

What Went Wrong

So many days, I wake up, read a quick verse or two, pray a little prayer, and go on with my day. But as each hour proceeds, I find myself tired, irritable, impatient, and quite honestly, selfish and unloving. And I wonder what went wrong? I spoke to the Lord that morning, read His word…I should be full of the Fruits of the Spirit! Loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind…you know the list.

But the truth is, I hurriedly went through the motions. I sat down, plugged in, and threw a quick “quiet time” together. But I failed to connect.

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There is something about a new year that leaves you feeling hopeful and ready for a fresh start-an opportunity to start over, be better and do better. Ask most individuals what their hopes (goals or resolutions) are for the new year and you’ll often hear one of these popular resolutions:

  • getting healthier
  • becoming more organized
  • improving personal development
  • growing closer to God

If you feel like you have been looking for a good outlet to get your life together, more organized, and be the healthiest version of yourself, you should consider starting a journal for the new year.

As you probably know, journaling is the simple practice of writing down your thoughts and feelings in a book, similar to a diary. Journaling can be done in a myriad of ways from keeping a gratitude journal to something more complex like bullet journaling.

Why You Should Start Journaling in the New Year

Lots of people start journaling at the beginning of the year and there are several benefits for doing so. Here are a few reasons to consider journaling:

Stress Relief

Life comes with many challenges.

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This semester, having moved to a new area, my main prayer has been for community.

I have been praying this consistently for the past 12 weeks. Actually, I started praying about this before I even left home. I knew this was something important, something I needed, so I wanted to be prepared. Well, it’s now the end of the semester, I’m about to take my last final exam, and guess what?

Wouldn’t it be great if, at this point, I said something like, “I have found my tribe!!”?

Yeah, it would. But that’s not the case.

It has been a rollercoaster, an up-stream swim. I have prayed, and sought opportunities, and “put myself out there”, and I still feel like a lone wolf. Sure, I met some cool people and enjoyed some good times, but I don’t feel as if I have found my village, you know?

It feels that in addressing my request to let me find my group this semester, God answered, “No.”

I think we get surprised and disheartened when we face these situations because we expect God’s love to translate into us getting whatever we want.

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Blogs by Christian Women by Lynn Wallace - 5M ago

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Cor. 5:17).

As we celebrate the New Year, those in Christ have cause for rejoicing. God made His children new persons.

Jesus Christ came unto us and gave us a new hope. In 1 Peter 1:3-4 He says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” This eternal hope gives His own a confidence no man can take from us.

The Word of God speaks of several new things:

• The new relationship of God with man.
• The new desire of man for God’s Word.
• The new life of man.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19 we are told “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

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Kindness

What is kindness? The definition is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate or a kind act.

Now, this could be many different things to certain people depending on your perspective, right? Maybe it’s giving a friend a call or text to see if they need anything. Perhaps, helping cook for someone who is sick, or just smiling at a neighbor who sees you out.  These are all acts of kindness. Ways that we care for one another.

Sometimes we let bitterness and selfishness get in the way of allowing us to be nice or caring to people.

Jesus gave kindness to us and showed us unconditional love in His sacrifice for us.

It is also a fruit of the spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control ( Galatians 5: 22-23).

Sprinkle it

As I started thinking and praying about what to write, I noticed my church was having so much sickness and need in it. Several women have been stepping up cooking for people and families that are sick. Some are driving others to doctor appointments.

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We have the awesome privilege to celebrate the birth of Jesus in just a few days.   It is easy to look at this time as just another Christmas or just another opportunity to hear a “story”  of how Jesus was born in a manager.  Truthfully, God used ordinary people like you and me to bring forth the greatest miracle of all times.  Mary, Joseph, and everyone who had a part in the very first Christmas were not actors. They were not even angels.  They were normal, every day people like us chosen by God to give hope that miracles are available for each of us.

Luke 1:26-32 

God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 

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“It was a Friday and a day before Christmas. I left home for the office with my head bent and heart motivation low.

My salary has not been paid for the past two months by my employer. That was a hard one for someone who is a widow and who has three growing kids. I looked at my children and wondered how I would produce some magic to make adequate provisions for them for Christmas.“

My wonderful Mum had told me this story on many occasions and I have always enjoyed the story every time she narrates it. I always enjoy the story because I am able to pick up useful wisdom on how parents can learn to take simple faith steps and how powerful the hand of God can work for them and their families.

Let me give my Mum the opportunity to continue her faith story.

“When I got to the office and observed that there was no hope of getting any form of financial support from my employer for the yuletide celebration, tears welled up in my eyes and I placed my head on my table and prayed to God.

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