Keep Christ in Christmas

I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’m talking about Christmas. But hey, at least wasn’t talking about it before Halloween like some stores were putting out Christmas stuff next to the Halloween decorations! I’m talking about it because after Thanksgiving it’s the next thing on most people’s minds. This year all my kids are gone, adults now and on to bigger and better things. I’m so proud of all of them, they are in college or some type of tech school and doing well. But that means that me and their dad are moving on to a new life of our own.

I don’t know where you are at in your life but this Christmas I hope you are first seeking God and putting Him first, before all the gifts, decorations, who wants what and trimmings. Matthew says that if we put Him first everything else will fall in to place. God has given me the gift of writing and He helps me put words on the page (for me and) for others to share His wisdom. I have just published a devotional called “Keep Christ in Christmas.” It’s 10 minutes for 21 days and will help keep your focus on God this Christmas. Each day includes:

  • scripture

  • a short devotional

  • questions to contemplate and use for spiritual growth

  • Gift-giving homework ($0-$20)

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How will you serve God? Part 2

Serve God by loving your children the way God would. How does God love us? UNCONDITIONALLY.

That means that you love them no matter what they have done. We all fail at things, it is a natural fact of life. You have two choices: you can pat them on the back and say good try or you can help them set attainable goals to be as great as you know they can be. And encourage them to try something new they might be better at. Make sure they know you love them no matter what place they come in. Click To Tweet Most of us have seen the TV reality shows like American Idol or X Factor where contestants audition in front of famous music stars and sing their hearts out for a chance at a music career. Most of them are really good and go on to the next level, eventually to be kicked off by the best. But some we laugh at and wonder how they think they could make it onto the show. Unfortunately, some kids are told they are “Awesome!” and good at everything by their parents. They don’t encourage them to find the one thing they are good at and help them excel at that one thing. This is how they think they can sing like an angel when they really sound like an alley cat. So help your children find the one or two things they love to do and do well, then they will definitely be successful in life. Besides, it is not possible for one person to be perfect at everything so why not be good at one thing?

All five of my children played soccer at age five or so but not all of them continued to play when they got older. Two of them played for their high school teams but one changed to run track in high school and now goes to college on a track scholarship. One of them went on to perform and compete in color guard. And the youngest one didn’t do any sports in high school. So they all had the same beginning in local sports activities but chose different paths later on. Teach them to have realistic expectations. Not every child is going to be the star of the team or have the best artwork on the walls. If all they did is try their best, that was enough for me. And some of them will have the motivation to do better and reach goals they set. But others will decide to move on to something else and make that activity their best.

It pains me to hear of parents who have given up on their children, written them off as unlovable or unsalvageable. They may just need some ‘tough love.’ There may be a situation in which a son or daughter may need the psychological and emotional help of an expert that you cannot offer, which means you have to seek the help of someone who will be able to help them and you deal with those unique problems.

And of course, God would want you to bring up your children to know and love Him, which leads back to another post based on Joshua 24:15, “As for me and my house.” I did not grow up in a Christian home; I wasn’t saved until after I had my first child, so I didn’t know what to teach them about God. I taught them as I learned in church and also relied on what their Sunday school taught them. As a result, they didn’t all take their beliefs into their teens. But I prayed for them daily. And we had conversations every chance I could about what I personally believed. I apologized to them once because I had stopped going to church for a short time because of some stress and spiritual crisis I was going through. But it continued to pray. And now, as adults, most have made the decision to follow Him again. Praise God! But there are still two I am praying for. God is good and He will reach them one day.

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Show your friends and family that you serve the Lord. The picture above is one of the art prints that I have available on my Etsy web page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StephsartforGod

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Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesSitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

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Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and Friends,Fresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

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As for me and my house,

As Christians who have spent time in church or Sunday school, we have all heard the verse, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) But do you know the whole story? Joshua was one of the prophets alongside Moses and Aaron when God was leading His people across the desert after He brought them out of Egypt. After awhile, Joshua was dying so he met with the leaders and elders of the tribes of Israel. He reminded them of all that God had done for them. God covered the Egyptians with the Red Sea, He also conquered many of their enemies in the land with miracles and unexplained routs in His name. Verse 15 of chapter 23 of Joshua says, “But just as all the good things the Lord your God has promised you have come to you, so he will bring on you all the evil things he has threatened, until the Lord your God has destroyed you from this good land he has given you.” 

So Joshua starts out reminding them of where they were before God rescued them from the Egyptians and what happened to the Egyptians when they did not let God’s people go. Then in verse 13 of chapter 24, Joshua reminds them it got even better when they got to the Promised Land. “‘So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’” He continues his speech with instructions on how to serve God best, faithfully and rejecting the gods they served in Egypt or the gods of the Amorites, who live in the land where they are. Finally, that’s when he says, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Because he realized what God had done for him.

Everyone has a house, a home where they live. Even though every home is different and we all have different habits and ways of doing things, we all serve the same God. I know people who serve God at home and not at work or school. They go to church every week but leave God there and don’t think about Him the rest of the week. They don’t think it is important for everyone to know who they believe in and why they live the way they do. But God wants you to serve Him with your whole heart. First Chronicles 28:9 says, “Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. Click To Tweet So make up your mind to serve Him and let all the earth know it, you will be blessed for it. In Romans, Paul tells us not to be ashamed of the gospel because “It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…”

DON’T YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF SAVING THE WORLD? Serve God with your whole heart and a willing mind. Ask Him what He wants you to do for Him. Be like Joshua and the Israelites and serve the Lord.

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Christians get depressed too

Depression is a like living in the dark all the time. This picture is a good example of what it feels like: You don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything. You would rather curl up in a closet and close out the world, not deal with kids, family or work. But that’s not a good way to live. It makes us more sad and depressed and keeps us in a never-ending cycle. photo by Jeremy Bishop at Unsplash

If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece, week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself, week 4 As far as the East is from the West, week 5 Shine your light, week 6 Tell Yourself the Truth in Love, week 7 Be Brave or week 8 Making lists click on their titles on the right.

This is a quote from Chapter 10: “There are some Christians, pastors and experts even, who say that Christians shouldn’t or can’t be depressed. But depression is an emotion like all others. And God created emotions. Click To Tweet Even people in the Bible were depressed. Psalms 56 is written by David after he is captured by his enemies: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all of my tears. You have recorded each one in your book.” God knows when we are hurting. He knows when we are in pain and in want. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” (Ps. 34:18, 19)”

 

I have been depressed much of my life, even as a child. I have been through a lot of “stuff.” And I know I’m not the only one. Life on Earth is HARD. But God is with us. Click To TweetYou’ve heard the saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But life doesn’t make you stronger, God does. All we have to do is reach out to Him and ask for His help. In Matt. 7:7 He tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” In James 1:5 it says, “If any of you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you.” Then in James 4:2, James says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” So we need to ask, whether it be wisdom, strength, patience, more love for others or ourselves, even for material things we need. 

Fortunately, some churches do provide pastoral counseling, or you may have a friend to help counsel and you pray through the situation. In my book, I have lots of suggestions to get you through it. My most effective solution is of course, PRAYER. Every situation and every stage of life can benefit our growth in and dependence on God. Click To Tweet We just have to take advantage of it. And you should take advantage of His love and genuine care for us! If you need help to get closer to God, maybe find a way out of your depression contact me at coachstephmoun@gmail.com.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

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Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

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Using the Love verses on yourself

From Chapter 2 of “You are God’s Masterpiece!”

LOVE IS KIND. It’s okay to be kind to yourself. But it’s also okay to paint your toenails if that’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday. Take a hot bath at the end of the day if that relaxes you. Or take the kids to the neighbor’s for ten minutes and take a walk around the block.” You are not only being kind to yourself but your husband and children if you have a short “kindness break.” Click To Tweet
LOVE IS NOT EASILY ANGERED. So instead of bashing and insulting yourself when you get angry over something you’ve done, think of things God would say about you. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He loves me just the way I am. He wants me to be the best I can be.” We wouldn’t talk so harshly to our family or our neighbors so why are you talking like that to yourself? Again, change those tapes to the positive ones. When you are angry, stop and pray and ask God to help you change your attitude and give you something positive to say about yourself.

LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. Just like God doesn’t keep a record of your sin, you should not keep a list of wrongs you have done. DO NOT keep reminding yourself of your sins. Just like God has forgiven you, you have to forgive yourself. Click To TweetIn chapter four of my book I talk more about sin and forgiveness.

LOVE IS HOPEFUL. What are you hoping for? Are you hoping for a spouse? A child? A second or third child? A word from God about where and how to serve Him? A new job? A new house? None of these things are selfish. They are a part of life and God cares about each and every hope and dream. But please be reasonable. Don’t pray for a mansion when you can only afford a cottage. Don’t pray for a Mercedes when you can only afford a Chevy. God has a plan and it isn’t always what you want. But it’s the best thing for you.” If you have read about me, you know that I have five children. I reveal much more about what our family has gone through in my book. The last one graduated high school this last weekend and will leave for Marine Corps boot camp on Monday. So right now I am just hopeful he will be safe for the next four years. AMEN?!

LOVE PERSEVERES AND ENDURES THROUGH ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. Remember the Footprints poem? There was only one set of footprints in the sand when the writer was going through the hardest times and Jesus said, “It was during those times that I carried you.” We may not “feel” like anyone is helping us. We feel alone and wandering in the wilderness but GOD IS WITH YOU. He is Emmanuel. He is Faithful and loves you without question no matter what you have done. All you have to do is ask His forgiveness and presence in your circumstance.

If you want to go deeper into this Bible study, I have free Love Yourself worksheets.

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#attitudeofgratitude God’s voice

I was worrying earlier today about something I was writing for my next book. It’s a Christmas devotional that I will publish the last week of November. I was asking God, “Are you sure you want me to do this? Is it good enough? Will they really want to read it?” And He reminded me of something He told me to tell someone a few weeks ago. “God will equip you to do it if He tells you to do it.” In other words, of course it’s going to be good because God put the words in my head to put down on paper (or the computer.) So I am thankful that He is listening to my worries and whispering His sweet voice in my ear.

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Life is like a game

For those of you who play those match 3 alike games like Candy Crush, Bubble witch or Panda Pop you will understand this perfectly. You know how sometimes you get stuck on a level that’s really hard and no matter what you do, you just can’t beat it? You try the same things over and over. Maybe next time, you try something different but you still get the same result, failure. Yet you still go back and try again and again. It occurred to me today that I am just like a gambler, going back for the next fix. I know I’ll get the right combination of moves eventually so I keep doing it. But it’s false hope each and every time. I hope I will finish the level this time but the random fruit or colored shapes that fall from the top are not the ones that I need to win. Or we move our finger to move the piece but it goes up instead of sideways! Isn’t that frustrating? But sometimes that was the right move anyway. Life is like that. We make what we think are the right decisions but they turn out to be mistakes and we have to try again.


But thank God that He is what we need. When we wake up in the morning, we may not have what we need to eat or energy we need to make it through the day. But PRAISE OUR GOD IN HEAVEN that we are not alone in this world. And He “is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask, think or imagine according to His power that is within us.” Eph. 3:20 He doesn’t give us false hope. He doesn’t offer something and not deliver. He gives us what we need each and every time. He tells us not to worry because He will provide for us, all we have to do is ask. He tells us He will never leave or forsake us. He is on our side.

We may have people on this earth who play games against us. And it seems like no one is playing on our side. But God is watching over you. He loves you and He wants you to ask Him for His help. The world tells us that we can do everything ourselves, we shouldn’t rely on others. But God created you to rely on Him and others that He put on this earth with you. And if your family and friends asked wouldn’t you help them? Give them the honor of helping you. God bless you all.

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God is teaching me as well as you.

“Learn to sing in the dark.” I read this on a website about faith today. I think they mean to say that we all have dark times when we don’t see or feel God because we go through sad or difficult things. Or the state of our life is so bad all we can do is cry and be angry with God. And ask why? Why? Why? We may never know why and sometimes it is best for us if we don’t. Matthew 5:45 tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. But I can tell you that we can learn to sing and worship God during these times. He is still with you. And if we sing loudly and long enough it will help us see Him more clearly. I have been at a point where all I wanted to do is go hide in a closet and not come out again until all my problems went away. But unfortunately, that usually doesn’t happen unless you are present and participating in the situation. But when it’s darkest, that is when God loves to prove Himself worthy. He wants us to see that He is faithful and will stay by our side with His presence with a virtual hug, a friend’s hug or help from your church family.
It’s now the day after I wrote that last paragraph and I’m going to have to read it again and again. I went to the doctor and she told me that my blood sugar average or A1C (some of you may know what that is) is too high. Basically, even though I have been eating a low sugar, low carbohydrate, mostly vegetarian diet, it hasn’t helped. My diabetes is taking over and despite all my attempts to prevent it, I am going to have to go on diabetes medication. I was controlling it for several years with diet alone but that is not doing anymore. So I’m now shaking my fist at God and asking, “Why?” He’s probably not going to tell me and my body is just getting older (closer to 50) and genetics are taking over. And my lack of exercise is not helping either. So now I have to add exercise and medicine to my daily routine, plus some healing prayers. Some praise songs wouldn’t hurt either… so join me, my friends, learn to sing in the dark times. He will never leave or forsake us.

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