Reading: Luke 2:17-18
When the shepherds told the people about Jesus’ birth the Bible says, “...all who heard it were amazed”. When Jesus reveals himself to you through His word or through another person, are you amazed? Has He ever spoken through you and you knew that it was the Holy Spirit speaking? Did you marvel at that? Share a time where God amazed you. Remember wonder and awe take practice sometimes. This week, train your mind to see the things God is doing around you. Go to His word expecting to be amazed. The more you look for it the more it will happen.
Song: Drummer Boy by For King and Country
Random Act of Kindness: Surprise someone with a small, thoughtful gift.
Reading: Luke 2:19
Sometimes during this time of the year, we get so busy that we don’t treasure the sweet moments with family and friends. Mary savored all the moments surrounding Jesus’ birth. She knew these were important and precious times. She mentally cataloged them. What are some memories from Christmas that you treasure? Share those with someone. As you approach Christmas, think of the events in Jesus’ life that are meaningful to us.
Meditate on those times.
Song: Almost There by Amy Grant
Random Act of Kindness: Make a memory with someone today. Take them for coffee. Watch a Christmas movie with them. Wrap presents together. Go for a drive and listen to Christmas music.
Reading: Luke 2:20-21
The shepherds rejoiced because everything happened just as they had been told. We serve a reliable God. We can count on Him. Today, share something that you are rejoicing about, something good in your life. Give the credit to God. James 1:17 says that all good gifts come from our good Father.
Song: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by Meredith Andrews
Random Act of Kindness: Send a “thank you” card or text to someone who has done something kind for you or your family.
Reading: Matthew 2:1-11
Three wise men traveled a great distance to find and worship the new King. There is a saying I see a lot around this time of year: Wise men still seek Him. How are you seeking after Jesus? Are you willing to put in the time and effort it takes to encounter Him, to bow and offer your life as a sacrifice to Him? What are some ways that you can make sure you are chasing after Jesus? How can you hold yourself accountable and stay on that journey?
Song: We Three Kings
Random Act of Kindness: Find some quarters around the house. Go and put them in the carts at your local Aldi. You’ll make someone’s day!
Reading: Luke 2:25-35
Simeon was waiting on the consolation of Israel. Consolation simply means comfort. Simeon was waiting for someone to bring comfort to his nation, someone who would make things better. This time of the year we talk a lot about “comfort and joy”. Sometimes, this time of year is hard. We miss people who aren’t with us. We mourn situations that aren’t like they should be. Take heart. The Comforter has come to make things right. Revalation 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” There is joy and comfort to be found in Jesus.
Song: He is Called Jesus by Todd Agnew
Random Act of Kindness: Bring some joy to your neighbors. Get some candy canes and “cane your neighbors”. Leave a card explaining that the candy cane represents Jesus and His salvation. Ring their doorbell, leave some candy canes and a card and run!
Reading: Isaiah 9:6
This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture. Meditate on each of the names of Jesus. Wonderful. Counselor. Mighty God. Prince of Peace. Everlasting Father. Think about how each of these names fit Jesus and what each one means in your life. Thank Him for being each of these things to you.
Song: Christ is Come by Jeremy Camp
Random Act of Kindness: Make snowflakes and give them to someone. Tell them that God made each of us unique like a snowflake. No two are the same! That uniqueness brings joy to this world.
Reading: John 8:12-18
This world is full of darkness. That’s why it is so important for you to shine for Jesus. Today, think of someone you know that brings light into your office, your school, or your home. Tell them how special and important that is. Pray for that person. Do something today to shine in your world.
Random Act of Kindness: Take your family or a friend to look at Christmas lights. Talk about how Jesus came to this world to bring light and joy!
Reading: John 10:10
Jesus came to give life. Think about how your life is better because you follow Jesus. Is there some part of your life that is hard right now? Is there a part of your life you should to surrender to Jesus? Pray about that today.
Song: Emmanuel, God with Us Forever by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
Random Act of Kindness: Compliment a waitress, server, cashier, bank teller, teacher, co-worker. Then end your time with them by saying "God bless you!"