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The Christmas Story- Week 1

Greetings December! I decided to do something a little different this year on my blog for the Christmas month of December. Each Monday I will read the Christmas Story and discuss via video. I will also post other pertinent information regarding the passage and maybe something to go along with the reading like a music video or perhaps a poem.

Journey with me, as we read together the details surrounding the birth of our Savior and pull out nuggets for our every day lives! (**Please note: this is in no way an exhaustive study!)

Here’s our reading schedule:

December 4th- Matthew 1:18-25

December 11th- Matthew 2:1-12

December 18th- Luke 1:26-38

December 25th- Luke 2:1-20

Here’s the video for Week 1

Don’t be afraid… God is with you!

The reading today is focused more on Joseph’s point of view. Today we’ll close this segment with a song from Michael Card called Joseph’s Song.

Keep Your Eyes on Him

This is just my heart. Something the Lord is working out in my own life. I pray it is also a blessing to you.

Can I choose to praise Him, even when I am uncertain of what lies ahead? Oh saints, that is when I need to praise Him most.

Can I carry the joy of the Lord with me at all times even when circumstances are less that joyful? Yes, because my eyes are on Him, not on my circumstances. I lift my eyes, from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and Earth.

The enemy is the king of distraction, and I have allowed him too many times to distract me from seeing this world with kingdom eyes.

If I walk out of this house today defeated, I will surely help no one. And my eyes will only be on me. But if I lift my eyes to Him, my focus shifts.

I have purpose today. My purpose is to walk in the promises of the Lord. He has called me to be a light in a dark place.

What about when we’re just not feeling it? What if we are tired and weary from battle? What if we are empty and feel the weight of the world? Can we still step out of these doors carrying a joy and offering hope to a broken world?

My God has promised to meet my EVERY need. He has promised to be my portion today. He has promised to hear my prayers. He has promised to be my more than enough.

Why so downcast oh my soul? Put your hope in Him.

Today I choose to spend time worshipping Him, allowing Him to fill me up. I choose to read and believe His Word, because His Word is truth. His Word is more powerful than the sharpest 2-edged sword.

I challenge you today (and myself), do not let the enemy take your peace. Do not let the enemy distract you because your eyes are on your own problems. Let go and worship Him.

Today you will come in contact with many people. Does your life resemble that of joy, peace, patience, and self-control? Is His fruit evident regardless of your circumstances? He sent His Holy Spirit to live and breathe and move inside of you and to help you.

“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10

Lord today I choose to trust You, I am completely dependent on you to meet my every need and to be my more than enough. I choose to keep my eyes focused on you and not on my circumstances. The enemy is a liar and the king of distractions. I choose You today- not in my own strength, but by the power of your Holy Spirit. I ask that you would use me today to bring joy and hope to a dark world. Whatever my mission is today with my family, friends, and strangers, show me. I am yours. I not only say I trust You, but I choose to walk out what that trust looks like. My life is not my own, but yours. Use me to bring glory to your kingdom and to stir up the faith of the saints.

Great love, your daughter.

I John 4:4-  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.