Spa Moments

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May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

One of my more popular speaking programs is the Spiritual Spa Day. Women gather around tables with fun beauty items and during the event, I will call for a “spa moment” where they can treat themselves or someone else at their table to a beauty treatment. While this is a good time, the focus of the talks shared is inner beauty. This is the most important area to maintain, but unfortunately, many of us give most of our time and energy to the outer area … our bodies.

Body, soul and spirit are all important parts of who we are in Christ, but “beauty treatments” to our spirit will affect our soul and our body. Body treatments may not touch our soul or spirit. The good news is that God does it. As we surrender ourselves to God, his Spirit will give us “spa moments” that will last for eternity.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the spa moments you have given to me and pray that inner godly beauty shines. Amen

Faith Tip: Take some time today to read God’s Word and pray today about your inner beauty.

Gifts that Last

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,  who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5

Thinking back on Christmases I have experienced in the past and all the wonderful gifts I have been given, most of those gifts I no longer have because of time that has passed and how the item has faded, broken, or perished some other way. The gifts were great when I received them, but they aren’t made for forever.

Jesus is forever. The gift we receive in Jesus will never fade, break or perish. It is always like brand new. With Jesus, you are encouraged to regift his grace and mercy for it will never go stale.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful gift of Jesus. I pray that I can share my gift with others and share the inheritance and the hope. Amen

Faith Tip: Share the gift of Jesus today with those you meet today.

Living with Risk

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14

Seeing children at school once again in the fall is always a fun time for me. It’s amazing how much they grow from one year to the next. I love to hear what they did during the summer and what they like about school so far this year. I also find it amazing how well all the students seem to get along and actually spur one another on to do good and achieve more. They genuinely seem to care about one another. It’s a gift they give to one another.

We as Christians also have the opportunity to enjoy the gifts that God has given us in grace, love and fellowship. These are not gifts to put away to keep safe, but gifts we use every day with vulnerability. There is a risk in actively living grace, love and fellowship with one another. But it is a risk well worth taking for if we didn’t, we would not know the true richness of being one with Christ. The human experience is full of ups and downs where our hearts are bruised, but the beauty comes from the overall experience of living as Christ. He is the one who heals and strengthens us for his higher calling.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the calling you have on my life. The challenges I have experienced have made me stronger and more able to serve where you have called me. I pray that I follow you closely each day knowing you are always there with me. Amen

Faith Tip: Be vulnerable today in living out grace, love and fellowship. You are blessed to be a blessing.

God of comfort and compassion

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“[Praise to the God of All Comfort] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

To be understood is to be given a great gift. We all have different life experiences, but when we run into someone who has been through a similar experience we have, there is an instant connection. You both feel understood.

God being the author of our lives allows us to connect with those on similar paths so that we can be understood as well as give understanding. Compassion and comfort are offered, and it’s the perfect kind because someone who’s been through our type of situation is sensitive to our needs and seems to know how to minister to us in a powerful way. It’s all from the hand of God.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful gift of compassion and comfort. You empower your people to display your love to others in wonderful ways. I pray that I can be sensitive to those you connect me with and attune to their needs. Amen.

Faith Tip: When you hear of someone struggling, see if you have a common experience that you can understand their challenges and minister to them in Christ’s name. If you don’t, then just let them know you care and desire to help them.

Seeing clearly

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Peter 1:5-9)

Getting the right kind of lenses for my husband’s glasses has been a challenge since having the retina detachment in one eye and an accident causing damage to his other eye. One lens is a lot thicker than the other, plus there are prisms put in. The goal is to see as clear as possible.

Our spiritual lens also needs continual adjustment as we seek to see Jesus with clarity. The lens of faith needs the prisms of goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. As we use these prisms in our life, Jesus will become more in focus. We have the choice to be spiritually nearsighted and blind, which could easily lead us down the wrong path, or we could focus in on Jesus and walk with confidence remembering what he did for us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you give me what I need to see you clearly. That brings such encouragement to me. I pray that I may look for you using the prisms needed. Amen

Faith tip: Choose to use the prisms of faith to see Jesus clearer.

Don’t leave home without them

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“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”- 2 Corinthians 13:14

Some of us older folk remember Karl Malden telling us the benefits of traveler’s checks, and that we should “not leave home without them.” While that is very good advice for the traveler, there is something better that we carry with us daily. The Apostle Paul points it out in 2 Corinthian 13:14. We carry with us the grace of Jesus. Grace is a powerful thing. Grace allows us to be children of God. We are the saints who sin against God. But because of the powerful love of God that we also carry with us, God provided a way for us to be forgiven forever. God’s love covers us. His banner over us is love (Song of Solomon 2:4).

So we carry the grace of Jesus and the love of God wherever we go. Since our God is a Trinity, the Holy Spirit also gives us fellowship. In fellowship, we can express the grace and love given to us with the Spirit empowering us to do so. The benefits of grace, love and fellowship are endless. Don’t leave home without them.

Prayer: Holy God, you have gifted me with these precious gifts and I thank you for them. Forgive me when I take them for granted and don’t use them. I pray that I will continually be aware of opportunities to live out these gifts to your glory. Amen

Faith tip: Be aware of the opportunities of showing grace, love and fellowship with another and then do it.