Saturday, 29 December 2012

25 Days of Christmas Scripture

What a celebration!  How was your Christmas and birthday celebration?  Are you ready for an amazing year ahead?

Thank you for joining me in our 25 days of Christmas scripture.  I encourage you to mark down some of those amazing tidbits of Word that we followed along with in the past month.  There were some pretty good verses to keep with you throughout your days.  One thing I know for sure, He loves me.  He loves me and He loves you too.  He loves you more than you can even comprehend.  Don't forget that!

I hope you enjoyed our adventure and will come back again to read some good words and please join in with your own favourites.  I pray that the Lord will bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you Today and forever. 

In January 2013 we will be back in the word and giving you some encouraging words to support you.  Blessings and love to you, Nicole

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Day Twenty-Five Christmas Scripture... Happy Birthday Jesus!

The Christmas Story.  Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday to our Savior!

Luke 2:1-20

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
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. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Day Twenty-Four Christmas Scripture...countdown is here!

God did a good thing in making you.  He is a mastercraft and has designed you to be unique, precious and loved.  He has given you great gifts and talents!  At Christmas time, for many it's about the gifts that we give and receive.  It's easy to get stressed about the expense, finding the perfect gift, returning gifts, and battling the shopping malls.  But what if I told you I know of 'The' Perfect gift for you?  Far better than anything you could even dream of.

His love.  It's yours!  He gives it freely to you...just like that.  It's worth more than any precious metal, silver or gold and it's yours.  Put aside earthly gifts and think of the many gifts He has given to you and has in store for you.  Doesn't that excite you and make you eager to see what the future holds?  He's going to give you amazing gifts so seek Him, Ask and Open the door to Him and He will reveal things you never thought possible.  These are the gifts that count!

Ephesians 2:4-10

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.   For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Day Twenty-Three Christmas Scripture

Christmas is a Time for Blessings.  I absolutely adore this scripture to be able to bless a friend or family member.  It speaks such glorious truth and has so much power.  If you are ever in need of a good word for someone to encourage, give them a hope, or show them how much our heavenly Father loves us, this is amazing.  To know how much He loves us and wants to bless us is comforting.  Pass that word and blessing on to others.  At Christmas it's easy to get swept away with grumbling or worry or arguing but take heed and catch your tongue or your heart.  This is a time for blessings.  Let his power and glory work through you.  Others will see the light in you and His love and want more of that.  They will say, "what does she have?"  Bless them today and every day!  Merry Christmas!

Ephesians 3:14-21

 For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.   I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Day Twenty-Two Christmas Scripture

Christmas is a time of giving thanks to the Lord for all that He has done.  Give with love and willingly.  The Lord knows your heart if you give grudgingly or with motive.  He will in turn bless you more abundantly than you could ever imagine.  It says it in His word so it is Truth!  Take your earthly mind out of the equation and look at His word. 
Isn't this a most spectacular word? 
"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."
This is like food for my soul.  It excites me and gives me great hope.  He WILL supply all of your needs according to His glory and riches.  Give thanks for His love.  What an amazing gift.  Rejoice!

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.   And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.  As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.  And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.   Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!