Saturday, December 29, 2012

Are You Making Resolutions or Goals?

Hi all,
     Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas celebrating our Savior's birth into this world.   As you think towards the new year, I encourage you to make a goal that will help you grow closer to the Lord.  Not a New Year's Resolution but a goal...something that you want to and will strive to accomplish.  I encourage you to give your goal to the Lord and allow Him to help you meet your needs to accomplish it.  A goal is something you set for yourself, it can be short term or long term, but it is something that you must really want and know that you can accomplish.  A resolution is something that we normally set for ourselves and try to accomplish it for about 2 weeks, when it is no longer something we prioritize.  Make a goal to grow closer to the Lord, maybe it involves praying more frequently throughout the day, maybe it is reading your Bible at least once a day, reading your Bible through in one year, breaking a bad habit that keeps you from honoring God with your whole life, or maybe something else that you can think of.  Is it possible that you just need to make a goal to make your life pleasing to God?  I hope you will come up with a goal for your new year, and I hope that your 2013 will be the most awesome year yet for you.  Give your year to God...dedicate it Him...let Him have it! Do not be afraid of the new excited!  Know that God is with you!

Isaiah 41:10 - "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

Philippians 3:14- "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Also, I have created a facebook page for my H.O.P.E. Ministry so please check it out and "like" it! It is called Rebekah's Hope Ministries. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Remember Christmas Started with Christ!

Hey Everyone!!
 Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  Praise the Lord for all His blessings He so graciously gives us! And don't you love that Christmas comes right after Thanksgiving?  We can be thankful for the greatest gift that we could ever receive...God sending Jesus to be born on this Earth so that He would one day die for our sins and rise from the dead so that we can now ask Him to save us and be saved! WOW! What a gift! I encourage you this Christmas season to remember the reason we celebrate. 
Remember the miracle that took place in Bethlehem many years ago. 
Remember that Christmas started with Christ. 
Remember that without God, you and I would have never been created. 
Remember that God gave you the best gift you could ever the way...have you received it? 
Remember that Jesus gave His life for you. 
Remember that Christmas is about Christ. 

As we go about our days in December, try not to get caught up in all the craziness, and if it happens anyway (because many times it does), remember to step back and remember why you are really celebrating.  You see Christmas is not about what we can get or even what we can give, but it is about the Giver of all things...and that is God!  It is okay to give gifts and receive, God wants to bless us, just remember who truly is your Giver- God! Ask God to keep you in His Spirit this season and ask Him to help you remember the reason you celebrate.  Christmas will mean much more :)

Merry Christmas!

Isaiah 9:6 -"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon hHs shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

Luke 2:13-14- "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."