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Remaining strong during challenging seasons of our life can be hard. However, strength is readily available. God, the supplier of strength, is waiting for you to lean into him and allow him to provide you with the stability and the provision that you are so in need of. Here are 15+ inspirational Bible verses about strength that can lift us up in times that we need it most.

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15+ Inspirational Bible Verses about Strength

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

“You may say to yourself, “My power and strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8: 17-18

“It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.” 2 Samuel 22:33, Psalm 18:32

“I love you, Lord, my strength.” Psalm 18: 1

“But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.” Psalm 22:19

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“But I will sing of your strength; in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are the fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” Psalm 59:16

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

“She is clothed with strength and dignity and can laugh without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25

“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

“Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.” Isaiah 33:2

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” 1 Timothy 1:12

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25

Relying on the Strength of God

God’s Word can support us, lift us, and sustain us if we allow it to do just that. No matter what your situation… loss, failing health, abuse, or something also that leaves you with a feeling of weakness that can be so hard to endure, know that Jesus Christ has already taken it and placed it on the cross.

You are strong. Not by your own doing, but by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Rely on his truths and walk with Him. In Him you will find life-giving strength.

Remain hopeful in Him,

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Have you ever wondered what influences our perspective? Why we think or feel the way we do about certain things? Perspective is our point of view and it is influenced by a plethora of life experiences and lessons learned throughout the years. Like glasses, we filter the way we see the world through our perspective lens relating a particular experience as either being positive or negative. But what if I told you that you can increase the positive experiences in your life, simply by changing your perspective?

Allow me to share with you a lesson on the importance of perspective that I learned not too long ago, as well as five simple ways to change your perspective today.

A Lesson on Perspective

I drive to work each morning and for the most part, it’s a serene commute. A two lane road littered with lots of open fields and little houses here and there. On this particular morning I was taking in the beautiful scenery. The sun was rising and the glow that it was casting on the fields and old barns was absolutely GORGEOUS. It was one of those moments that just confirms that our creator is amazing. As I continued to drive the road makes a pretty drastic turn to the left and all of a sudden I was blinded. I couldn’t see a thing in front of me. The sun was making it hard to see ANYTHING. I pulled the visor down and threw on my sunglasses on to no avail.

It was then I heard the million-dollar question: “Do you still think this is gorgeous?”

Crazy, right!? Same road. Same sun. Just a different perspective. But how do I answer?

Normally, we experience situations the other way around, right? We get the bad before the good. We have to walk through the trial to get to see the beauty that comes afterwards and what I realized while driving on that particular morning is that that’s the way it SHOULD be. 

James 1:2-4 says,

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

When I saw the beauty BEFORE being blinded, I lost all appreciation for it. My mind was focused on the fact that I couldn’t see more than two feet in front of me, instead of the beautiful scenery that I had just got to admire. And it was in that moment that I was reminded of how important changing our perspective truly is.

Are you in need of rest? You aren’t alone! Check out this post and learn how you can find rest your have been craving at the feet of Jesus today!

So how do we maintain a positive perspective? Here are five simple ways to positively change your perspective.

Five Simple Ways to Changing Your Perspective
  1. Smile
    Have you ever tried to remain angry while smiling? You just can’t do it! It may sound super simple, but it works.
  2. Adopt an “attitude of gratitude.”
    One of the authors that I have recently been introduced to encourages her readers to make a list each and every morning of five things that they are grateful for. Why?? Because by focusing our minds on things that we are thankful for, we automatically position ourselves in a positive mindset.
  3. Consider the Other Person’s Perspective
    When in conflict with another individual consider their viewpoint. This allows ourselves to see a bigger picture of the situation instead of focusing only on how it has affected us. We are able to grant compassion and extend grace to another human being by being open minded.
  4. Focus on the Bigger Picture
    Many times when we focus on the small details, we miss the big picture. Instead, when we focus on the bigger picture, we can ask ourselves if this particular situation will affect us in the long run. Many times, we act based on emotions which can be pretty fickle at times! Take a moment and consider the bigger picture.
  5. Employ Positive Self-Talk
    I know this might sound a little much, but I mean it. Speak kindly to yourself and the situation that you find yourself in. Have a mantra? Use it. Look at yourself in the mirror and speak directly to you and begin speaking life into yourself, ultimately changing your perspective to one of encouragement and positivity.

Perspective is everything, my friend. Trials will come, but it is all in how we view the challenge that ultimately determines how we respond. Choose to change your perspective today and begin focusing on the beauty around you.

Hopeful in Him,

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Dear Moms of Teens,

There is no greater challenge… or greater joy than being the mom of a teen. We can try to prepare by reading books & blogs, talking to other moms, listening to podcasts, but nothing can prepare us for the emotional roller coaster we board when our child hits puberty.

  • They will come home from a week at camp with a suitcase full of moldy clothes and an unopened bottle of soap.
  • They will forget their lunch or class assignment at home and call you in a panic the second you get to work. Repeatedly.
  • They will listen to you list three chores to complete and only hear one.
  • They will have their hearts broken into a million pieces.
  • They will eat… a lot.

All I can say is to buckle up and hang on for dear life. Because like any good roller coaster, the twists, turns, ups and downs are so wonderful and so utterly terrifying all at the exact same time.

But you will live. I promise.

I’m the mother of three boys and two of them are teens. To be honest, I’ve messed up plenty since we entered this stage, and you will too. It’s ok. You’re not the only one who questions the normalcy of it all, but rest assured it is normal.

For all of the little annoying moments and frustrating times, there will be just as many things to love. But sometimes we get so caught up in the crazy that we forget to do a few very important things that I truly think make all the difference in the world.

3 Things to Remember: Laugh

It’s hard sometimes. Believe me, I know. Especially, when you want to be mad.

About a year ago, my oldest lost his wallet. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal if he didn’t have quite a bit of money in it, his license, and a debit card. But he did, so I was ticked. On a scale of 1-10, I was a 20. And I wanted to stay mad.

So imagine my dilemma when he says, “Ok, now that we are done with the bad stuff, can we just talk about my hair for a minute…because I got like four compliments today.”

Listen, it’s ok to laugh. In fact, you should. We have to remember they are kids, and this stuff is going to happen. But once it has been addressed, sometimes we need to just let it go. I once thought it meant they didn’t take the matter seriously. Part of me wanted to let them know I was still angry so they would understand it was a big deal.

Mama, they know it’s a big deal. They get it. Your 50 shades of red told them it was a big deal. Laughing at their attempt to lighten the mood and move on is not going to change that fact. So at the very least, give them a smirk.

Listen

And I don’t mean half-listen while you are looking at your phone. I am guilty of this more times than I care to admit. But they know you aren’t paying attention, and mine will usually call me on it.

I don’t think we realize just how important it is not to just listen to our kids but to truly hear them. My boys have thanked me on more than one occasion when I have stopped what I was doing and focused on what they were saying.

Mama, it matters.

Do I understand them all the time? Nope. Three seconds into a Fallout rant, and I’m toast. You could draw me a diagram and hand me a list of rules, and I still wouldn’t get it. But it matters to them. So I try.

The same applies to their interests in school, their hopes, and their dreams. Our 17-year-old wants to be an entrepreneur, and our 14-year-old is a math wizard. If I didn’t give birth to them myself, I’d think they weren’t mine.

But I learned a long time ago that I can’t project my lack of interest and fears onto them, because God didn’t call me to be an entrepreneur or an engineer. He didn’t give me those abilities or gifts. He called me to be a writer. So it would be wrong of me to hinder His leading in their lives with my negativity.

But I don’t have to understand to listen. I don’t have to understand to dream with them. I can tap into their passion and fuel it with love and encouragement, because that is what they need from me.

They don’t need us to know how to make their dreams happen. They just need us to listen and believe that they can.

Communicating effectively with your child is so important! Click here for practical ways to improve the communication between you and your child!

Pray

I know this sounds cliche, but I’ve never been more serious about anything in my whole life. Parents, we’ve got to fall on our faces and fervently pray for our kids.

The things they face every day would make us blush if we knew. Social media, the internet, school, work, friends, drugs, alcohol, sex…the list is endless, and the threat is great. Our teens face things today that we never even imagined when we were their age.

Before I knew what Snapchat was, I picked up my oldest son’s phone and tapped on the app to open it. We have an “open phone” policy in our home, so they know we could check in at any time.

As soon as I tapped on a snap, I knew we had a problem. It was from a girl he knew from school, and let’s just say…she wasn’t appropriately dressed and was standing in a suggestive way. Mama wasn’t happy.

The thing is, it wasn’t technically his fault. He didn’t send the snap, and he had literally downloaded the app that day. So we made a rule that he couldn’t friend any girls on the app, because we can’t monitor what is being sent to him. And some things just can’t be unseen.

But we can’t be there all the time. We can’t watch their every move or shield them from all of the bad, and there are new social apps created practically every day. We’ve got to diligently go before God on behalf of our children. Because if we don’t pray protection over their bodies, hearts, and minds, how can we expect them to be equipped to fight the enemy when he attacks?

Mama, whether you are in the thick of all things teen or haven’t arrived here yet, it’s all going to be ok. Laugh a little more, listen a little harder, and pray like you’ve never prayed before. Because God made you their mom for a reason, and He’s given you all you need to do the job. Sometimes we just need a reminder.

Hang in there, my friends. It’s a wild ride, but it’s totally worth it!

“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

Theresa Golden of Simply Golden Days

This guest post has been brought to you by my dear friend and fellow blogger, Theresa Golden. Theresa is a wife and mother of three boys, two who are teens! She loves Jesus and coffee and is one of the most genuine individuals I know! Theresa blogs over at Simply Golden Days and I encourage you to check her out!

Stay hopeful in Him,

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A common misconception of the Christian walk is that once we become a believer, hardship and challenges disappear. This is simply not true! None of us are immune to seasons of challenge or hardship. And that is why it is extremely important that we learn how to sit and rest at the feet of our savior – Jesus Christ. 

One thing that does change when we become a believer is how we are equipped to deal with the changes that come in life.

Just last week I was chatting with a friend and we were speaking plainly about the last year. I’ve shared with you a little about how challenging the last year has been, and this dear friend saw me each and every day walking through that season. As we were talking, she shed a light on that situation that I didn’t even realize I had done… she said,”You did what you were supposed to so… you sat with the Lord.

She was absolutely right! Reflecting on those words I realized that she described that season perfectly. And it made me think… So just how do we sit and find rest at the feet of Jesus during difficult seasons of life? What does it actually look like?

Below you will find three tangible ways to sit at the feet of Jesus and rest in the Lord no matter what season of life you are in.

1) Seek Alone (Quiet) Time to Rest

It is okay to feel as though you have to walk away. Rest is imperative. I say this knowing that someone will read this and take this to an extreme, so allow me to preface this… it is not okay to run away and hide from the reality that you are currently facing. However, it IS okay to go to a place of silence, searching for the voice of the one who Created us.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Our ability to learn from the life of Jesus is so important when it comes to finding silence and solitude. We are unable to hear from God when we are being distracted by all of the things in the world… when the enemy is trying his hardest to drown us in our grief or sadness.

It is when we position ourselves to have time alone with God that we are able to hear his voice clearly. Not only that, but we allow ourselves to be encouraged, we find rest, and we are renewed by our Heavenly Father.

Are you a busy mom seeking just five minutes for yourself in the busyness of life? You may enjoy Creating Margin – a post that speaks directly to this need!

2) Sit and Talk to God

The life line to our Heavenly Father is prayer. So of course, it is absolutely necessary to hit our knees in prayer when we are facing a difficult season of life.

If I am honest, there are times where I just don’t feel like I can be honest to God. It makes me laugh when I write this, because he already knows everything anyway. But just like Adam and Eve in the garden, eating the apple, I hide… I hide my crazy… I hide thoughts that I know aren’t very “Christian-like.” I was attempting to hide bitterness. But God knows, y’all! And he wants us to come to him with an honest heart…

And that’s when I think of David. I have written before about how relatable David is… I admire was his ability to talk plainly to God. He cried out, bearing his soul – his rights and his wrongs- in the book of Psalm.

So why is it, that we feel we have to sugar coat our prayers?

“The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18-19

Its time we get REAL! It’s time we hit our knees and expose ourselves… even the parts of ourselves that we are ashamed of. Because let’s be honest… that’s why we try and hide them. It’s only when we are authentic that God can shed light on the darkness that we have been harboring and begin a process of restoration within us!

So what does this look like tangibly?

For me it was twenty one days of prayer. ((This was made a little easier for me because my church was hosting hosting twenty one days of prayer at the time. Accountability is awesome!)) Each morning I woke up before the house arose and I would join a body of believers in prayer. There were times that I could not even muster up a prayer. Y’all! I was down… low… broken… but I was present. Offering my heart to the Lord.

The changes that took place over those twenty one days were incredible… supernatural. God gave me an understanding of where I was at that moment in life. An understanding that helped me overcome grief and find purpose in my pain.

3) Start a Journal

If you are needing to hear the voice of God, I encourage you to find some time alone… position yourself in prayer… and lastly, grab a notebook or journal that you are able to use to write down the things that are laid on your heart. 

You may think that you would never be able to do this because you aren’t a writer… I used to think the SAME thing! But you don’t have to be an awesome writer to journal. You don’t even have to write in complete sentences! You may find yourself drawing a picture OR writing one word that is laid on your heart. It honestly looks different for everyone.

But if there is one thing that I would encourage you to write out full… it would be your prayers. Write out the things that you thank God for, as well as what are you asking God to do. What are you needing help with? etc. I do this for two reasons.

One: You will have your prayers written out which will allow you to reflect on these in the future.

Two: It will allow you to look back and see the prayers that God has answered for you, as well as you can see the restoration that has taken place. Praise Him for his blessings!

We don’t have to do this life alone. We have the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus daily (not just in times of hardship)… to seek comfort from our Heavenly Father. I encourage you to seek relationship with Him today.

In love and hope,

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A common misconception of the Christian walk is that once we become a believer, hardship and challenges disappear. This is simply not true! None of us are immune to seasons of challenge or hardship. 

One thing that does change is how we are equipped to deal with the changes that come in life.

Just last week I was chatting with a friend and we were speaking plainly about the last year. I’ve shared with you a little about how challenging the last year has been, and this dear friend saw me each and every day walking through that season. As we were talking, she shed a light on that situation that I didn’t even realize I had done… she said,”You did what you were supposed to so… you sat with the Lord.”

She was absolutely right! Reflecting on those words I realized that she described that season perfectly. And it made me think… So just how do we sit at the feet of Jesus during difficult seasons of life? What does it actually look like?

Here are three tangible ways to rest in the Lord no matter what season of life you are in.

Seek Alone (Quiet) Time

It is okay to feel as though you have to walk away. I say this knowing that someone will read this and take this to an extreme, so allow me to preface this… it is not okay to run away and hide from the reality that you are currently facing. However, it IS okay to go to a place of silence, searching for the voice of the one who Created us.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

Our ability to learn from the life of Jesus is so important when it comes to finding silence and solitude. We are unable to hear from God when we are being distracted by all of the things in the world… when the enemy is trying his hardest to drown us in our grief or sadness.

It is when we position ourselves to have time alone with God that we are able to hear his voice clearly. That we allow ourselves to be encouraged and renewed by our Heavenly Father.

Talk to God

The life line to our Heavenly Father is prayer. So of course, it is absolutely necessary to hit our knees in prayer when we are facing a difficult season of life.

If I am honest, there are times where I just don’t feel like I can be honest to God. It makes me laugh when I write this, because he already knows everything anyway. But just like Adam and Eve in the garden, eating the apple, I hide… I hide my crazy… I hide thoughts that I know aren’t very “Christian-like.” I was attempting to hide bitterness. But God knows, y’all! And he wants us to come to him with an honest heart…

And that’s when I think of David. I have written before about how relatable David is… I admire was his ability to talk plainly to God. He cried out, bearing his soul – his rights and his wrongs- in the book of Psalm.

So why is it, that we feel we have to sugar coat our prayers?

“The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18-19

Its time we get REAL! It’s time we hit our knees and expose ourselves… even the parts of ourselves that we are ashamed of. Because let’s be honest… that’s why we try and hide them. It’s only when we are authentic that God can shed light on the darkness that we have been harboring and begin a process of restoration within us!

So what does this look like tangibly?

For me it was twenty one days of prayer. ((This was made a little easier for me because my church was hosting hosting twenty one days of prayer at the time. Accountability is awesome!)) Each morning I woke up before the house arose and I would join a body of believers in prayer. There were times that I could not even muster up a prayer. Y’all! I was down… low… broken… but I was present. Offering my heart to the Lord.

The changes that took place over those twenty one days were incredible… supernatural. God gave me an understanding of where I was at that moment in life. An understanding that helped me overcome grief and find purpose in my pain.

Start a Journal

If you are needing to hear the voice of God, I encourage you to find some time alone… position yourself in prayer… and lastly, grab a notebook or journal that you are able to use to write down the things that are laid on your heart. 

You may think that you would never be able to do this because you aren’t a writer… I used to think the SAME thing! But you don’t have to be an awesome writer to journal. You don’t even have to write in complete sentences! You may find yourself drawing a picture OR writing one word that is laid on your heart. It honestly looks different for everyone.

But if there is one thing that I would encourage you to write out full… it would be your prayers. Write out the things that you thank God for, as well as what are you asking God to do. What are you needing help with? etc. I do this for two reasons.

One: You will have your prayers written out which will allow you to reflect on these in the future.

Two: It will allow you to look back and see the prayers that God has answered for you, as well as you can see the restoration that has taken place. Praise Him for his blessings!

We don’t have to do this life alone. We have the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus daily (not just in times of hardship)… to seek comfort from our Heavenly Father. I encourage you to seek relationship with Him today.

In love and hope,

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I love this time of year. I love EVERYTHING about Christmas. The colors… the lights… the reason for this amazing season! I’m talking about EVERYTHING. But I have to admit that with the Christmas season comes pressure. I don’t care how much I try, I cannot seem to escape it. 

Pressure to have our decorations put up ((early of course)). Pressure to get the kids the best presents. Pressure to get those presents wrapped. Pressure to spend time with every single person in our family within a span of two weeks. Pressure to have my work done prior to getting two days off of work. Pressure to bring baked goods and participate in office parties. etc. etc. etc. The “pressure” list could go on forever.

Now don’t get me wrong, I WANT to do many of the things listed above. I want to be able to love others well and I am able to do that by generously giving my time and using my talents to show others how much they mean to me. 

But it is also imperative that we, as mamas, choose wisely what we do. Our list of “holiday wants” cannot come at that cost of our sanity. 

And so today, I want to challenge you as we get closer to the week of Christmas. Take time to prioritize what you want to this holiday season to look like. Do you want it look like quality time with your family annd friends, or a mad dash of going here and there and everywhere?!

So how can you make this season everything that you want it be? Grab a notebook and your calendar/planner and make it happen!

Determine what is most important for you and your family. What do you want to look back and remember about this holiday season. Is it spending time with family? Traveling? Family traditions? Whatever it is, make time for it. Grab and calendar and write it out. Make a plan of when, where, and how you will accomplish what’s most important for you!

For me, this is spending time with family. Being a part of a blended family, time with my husband and both of our children in our home is PRECIOUS. As in, I protect this as much as I can. ((Yes, I am a mama bear!)) And though some may not understand my intentions, I have to do what I feel is important for my family. So on my calendar, I have it marked when we will have my oldest son, and I schedule things accordingly. 

Determine how you will re-align your focus to the true reason for the season – the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Busyness is bound to happen, my friend. It’s just part of the holiday season. But busyness is also the devil’s playground. Distraction keeps us from acknowledging God and the sacrifice that was given for us. The way we combat this is to make a plan on how you will re-focus your mind and heart on Jesus, even amidst the busyness. 

This doesn’t have to be something big. Here are a couple of ideas: 

  • Read one chapter in Luke each day of December. There are 24 chapters which will allow you to read all about Jesus’s birth, life, ministry, and death leading up to Christmas.
  • Watch a movie with your kiddos that highlights the reason for the season. If you have not seen The Star yet, you need to! It’s awesome and your kids will enjoy it!
  • Read a book each night with your chitlins that shares the heart of Christmas. Some of our favorites are M is for Manger, Christmas in the Manger, and The Christmas Story.
  • The most simplest thing I have done this Christmas season was change my coffee creamer… You read that right! I drink coffee EVERY morning and usually I add a bit of hazelnut creamer. The month of December I switched it up and began adding Peppermint Mocha. This little change reminds me to give thanks to our savior while I drink my morning cup of Joe.

What do you do to refocus your thoughts on Jesus during the holiday season? Share below! 

Schedule REST. If we do not make rest a priority in our life, we risk running ourselves ragged. We set ourselves up to be short tempered and at risk for catching illnesses. Even Jesus commanded his disciples to rest, y’all.

“The apostles gather around Jesus and reported to him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many propel were coming and going and they did not even have time to eat.”

 Mark 6:30-31

Jesus’s ministry was thriving. His apostles were sharing the good news and they were BUSY. So busy that the Bible tells us that they did not even have time to eat. And so Jesus told them to go to a remote place and rest for a while. ((Read that last line again.))

I encourage you to grab that calendar of yours one more time and begin to schedule time dedicated to rest. For our family that looks like early nights to bed… mornings where we can sleep in… time spent at home watching a movie together in our PJs. Whatever rest is for you… Make time for it! It is so important. 

And lastly, enjoy this time. What a wonderful time it is! A time of wonder. A time to remember the birth of our Savior. 

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Luke 2: 4-11

So as we celebrate our Savior’s day of birth, I pray that we are intentional… That we are able to keep our eyes aligned with His purpose… That rest will not be far from us… And that each of you have a meaningful holiday season.

Merry Christmas, my friends! 

And as always, stay Hopeful in Him!

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