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?

You can serve God in your Marriage:

Here is what God has to say about wives and marriage: Proverbs 12:4 “A wife of noble character is her husband’s joy, but she who makes him ashamed is like decay in the bones.” (Here are some other Proverbs about wives: 18:22, 21:9, 21:19, 19:13-14) A wife could a blessing to her husband or she could be a quarrelsome, argumentative woman, sounding like a dripping faucet or leaking roof. Other Proverbs say it is better to live on a roof or in a desert than live with a quarrelsome woman. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to sound that annoying or make my husband want to go live on the roof! What does quarrelsome mean? Difficult to please, demeaning, negative, condescending, disrespectful, always reminding him of past mistakes, questioning his judgments and authority. But what does the last verse of Proverbs 19 say? “A prudent wife is from the Lord.” Prudent means good sense, good judgment, careful in managing resources: like the Proverbs 31 woman. I don’t think it’s at all possible to have every attribute of the Proverbs 31 woman, but we can strive for a few of them. And thankfully in this century we have more modern conveniences than she did then and it is easier to go to the store to buy clothes and food rather than make it all ourselves!

Then there is a verse about submission. Ephesians 5:22-24 says wives should submit to their husbands but it also says the church submits to God. Aren’t we as a church eager to please God? If we love and respect our husbands, we are willing to submit. But if you aren’t willing to submit to a decision your husband makes, you need to pray. Pray that he will be wiser and seek God for his answers or pray that you will.  Although it does not say we should do everything our husbands say. DO NOT DO anything that is against the law, God’s laws or the governments laws. That would not be something God would ask of you. If you married a good man that does not generally break the law and loves you, you should not worry he would ask you to do something that God wouldn’t want you to do. Verses 25 through 28 of chapter 5 tell husbands to love their wives. So God is also asking men to give something to their wives in marriage, not only women. A good marriage should be 100% commitment given by each person to God to love, respect and cherish the other person. Click To Tweet Cherish means to adore, hold dear, love, dote on, be devoted to, revereesteem, and admire.

Marriage is the hardest relationship of any other that we humans enter into. It is one that we choose. We get to choose the one person that we spend the rest of our lives with. Marriage is meant to be a lifetime commitment. Although a lot of people in today’s society choose to end their marriages before even trying to make them work. Instead of forgiveness, they choose resentment. Instead of faithfulness, they choose to turn to someone outside their relationship when something goes wrong. Instead of kindness, they choose bickering and anger. Instead of trying counseling they choose failure. I hope that you will choose to seek God first and ask Him how to make your marriage stronger. Namely, love, respect and cherish your spouse so that God would be pleased with your service to Him.

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Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh 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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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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Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday TalkTeaching what is good,

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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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.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

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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As far as the East is from the West

Week 4 of the “You are God’s Masterpiece!” Bible study is here! If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece or week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself click on their titles on the right.

Here is the quote from Chapter 3:

We doubt God loves us because we have sinned and don’t think God will forgive us. But every human has sinned. Since the Adam and Eve ate the apple from the forbidden tree, there has been sin on earth. The Jews in the Old Testament had to sacrifice their animals for their sins to be forgiven. But praise God all we have to do is ask and our sins will be cast as far as the East is from the West. No matter how far we go, East will never meet West. All we have to do is confess and He will forgive us. “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us.” (1 John 1:9)”

Chapter 3 is called, “Why do we doubt?” I believe many people who are not Christians use past mistakes as an excuse not to believe in God or not to go to church. They say they are too ‘bad’ or flawed for God to accept them. Frankly, one of the best things God does is to wipe our slate clean and forgive us for all the bad stuff we do. Right? Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.” As far as I know, the east never touches the west. So we can be assured that our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God. (The picture above was taken by me looking west off the Oregon Coast and I know that you cannot see the West Coast from there. So it is safe to say that my sins have been forgotten.)

Read Psalm 51. It was written by David after Nathan comes to him and tells him that God knows what he did with Bathsheba. In verses 2 and 9, he asks God to remove his guilt also. So we are not the only ones who feel guilt when we sin. But God can not only forgive our sins but take away our guilt. YOU DO NOT NEED TO FEEL GUILTY ANY LONGER. YOU ONLY NEED TO ASK AND GOD WILL TAKE IT AWAY!

Another question I ask in the book is: “Do you think God is not big enough to forgive all sin?” GOD CAN FORGIVE ANY PERSON FOR ANY SIN. And He will do it. You only have to ask in FAITH. As it says in Psalm 51, He will wash you clean of all sin and guilt. This is one of God’s gifts to you. It’s rude to hand it back. So don’t try to bring the sin up again and think about it and role it around in your brain over and over. God has forgotten it and so should you. This is one of those times when you have to change your thinking and block thoughts of those sins out of your mind. (Phil. 4:8) Think on the wonderful things that God has done for you and not the negative things you have done.

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

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.

Check out my other pages like Bible journaling, Self- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

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Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Monday – Inspire me Monday,

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of Faith, Tea and Word Linkup, Trekking Thru, Tuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her Home, Christian Blogger Community, Coffee & Conversation, Coffee for your Heart, Messes to Messages, Recharge Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Word Filled Wednesday

Thursday – Chasing Community, Heart Encouragement, Salt and Light, Tune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with Jesus, Faith and Friends, Faith Filled FridayFresh Market Friday, Grace & Truth

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  • provide ready made templates and printables you can choose from
  • show you exactly how to do each method with the daily videos 
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