Day 16 of 25 Days to a Joyous Christmas

letterWrite

Write a family Christmas letter, and instead of rattling off this year’s promotions, accomplishments or troubles, give a testimony of God’s faithfulness and grace over you and yours. Give Him the glory for every good thing and praise Him through each trial!

READ: 1 Chronicles 16:34; Romans 8:28; Psalm 63:3

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Day 15 of 25 Days to a Joyous Christmas

forgivenss handForgive

Let this Christmas season be the last season you hold onto any bitterness, hurt or unforgiveness toward a friend, family or community member who has wounded you. Some wounds run deeper than others—if you’re struggling to forgive, prayerfully consider seeking counseling to help you work through your pain.

READ: Matthew 6:14-15; Isaiah 1:18; Mark 11:25

PRAY: Take a minute to thank God for his tender mercy and forgiveness for you.

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Day 14 of 25 Days of a Joyous Christmas

mug giftsGifts

Add a tract, sermon on cd, or note with a Bible verse. This year I made a little lighted mason jar craft to give to neighbors and a few ladies from church made some too. We attached a Bible verse with an invitation to Christmas services.

READ: Romans 10:17; Matthew 5:14; John 13:35

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Day 13 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

Prayer walkPrayer Walk

Walk through your neighborhood and pray for it. After you walk and pray through your neighborhood pass out tracks-you might ask your neighbor if you can come back and discuss the tract with them at a later date. You can get tracts at Christian Book Distributors, Outreach and the American Tract Society. I have a couple of friends who are really good at this!

READ: 1 John 5:14-16; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ephesians 6:18

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Day 12 of 25 Days to a Joyous Christmas

bellsInvite

Invite a friend, coworker, neighbor to church – our church makes special invites for the Christmas season and also has email, Facebook and Twitter links to pass along church event info. You can’t get much easier than just Facebook posting an invite to a church event! Statistics show it takes about 8 times for a person to be invited before they say “yes” to attending church. Keep inviting… without badgering, of course!

READ: Acts 14:37; Matthew 5:15-16; Mark 8:35; Matthew 28:19-20

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Day 11 of 25 Days to a Joyous Christmas

createCreate

God is the Ultimate Creator who created us to be creative! So tap into that today- create something beautiful that points to the beauty of Christ. Here are just a few ideas: a paper snowflake with your favorite Bible verse, a batch of sugar cookies to decorate, a poem, a handwritten note to a friend. Think about what you love to do and do that thing today!

READ: Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Colossians 3:23-24

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Day 10 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

working together heartCare

Take care packages to your local women’s crisis center, a homeless center or to assist a sex-trafficking care center.
Some of us might have a personal relationship with someone who is a mom in need, a woman reeling from the unthinkable darkness of sex trafficking, or someone who is homeless or really struggling. Some of us might not currently know anyone in those kinds of circumstances, but we can come alongside the wonderful ministries and people who are serving them. If you know of a ministry that does great work – take the time to thank them, encourage them and if you can, bless them in some way. It’s the least we can do!

READ: Psalm 72:13-14 and spend a moment thinking about an organization you could support this Christmas. Then, spend time praying for that ministry and the lives it impacts.

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Day 9 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

BellsListen

If you read through the gospels, you’ll notice how Jesus listened to people. Sometimes listening is a great act of service to someone. And as you listen, you will hear heart needs that are open doors to share the Answer to all our heart needs. Without listening we might miss those doors. Today, make a pledge to speak less and listen more.

READ: James 1:19; Proverbs 18:13; Proverbs 18:2; James 1:26

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Day 8 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

by our works we show faithServe

Look for ways to serve your family above and beyond what’s “expected.” Especially if you visit family members who don’t know Jesus, pray for God to show you opportunities to serve them.

READ: Matthew 20:28; Galatians 5:13-14, John 13:14-18

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Day 7 of 25 Days to a Joyful Christmas

Adopt
heart wordsPray about “adopting” a Compassion child or sponsoring a gift for a child through a charitable organization. If you and your children select a child together, begin praying over him or her and make sacrifices together to minister to that little one. It just might be the best Christmas gift (after salvation, of course) you could give or receive!

READ: Micah 6:8; James 1:27; Isaiah 1: 16-17; Matthew 23:23

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