Girlfriends in God Devotional

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021 Written By Katy McCown 

 

Topic: Trade Stress for a Smile This Season

TODAY’S TRUTH

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged (1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NLT).

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Too often I think the month of December can feel like a race to the finish line. We plan, shop, and arrange experiences trying to soak up the joy of the season, yet we stumble into Christmas morning exhausted and depleted.

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This year, let’s do it differently. Instead of focusing on a list of things to be done, let’s shift our perspective to the love of God through the gift of His Son, Jesus. Today’s Truth tells us more about love, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

With these verses as our guide, here are five ideas to help us practically pursue love and trade stress for a smile this holiday season:

  1. Choose to be patient and kind. Instead of becoming frustrated about how much we have to do, let’s remember all that God has done for us. Instead of being distracted by the next thing on our to-do list, we can be present and offer a smile to someone nearby. Rush often removes patience and kindness, but there is enough time in each day to accomplish God’s purposes for that day. With our eyes fixed on Jesus and our hearts intentionally preparing to celebrate His birth, we can let go of our rush, slow down and show love by practicing patience and kindness today.

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2. Replace thoughts of ourselves and what we’re doing, with Jesus and what He did for us. As long as I have me on my mind, love will be hard to find. But when I keep Jesus on my mind and allow His greatest gift of love to consume me, then I’m free to share that love … to replace arrogance with humility … to replace rude words with those seasoned with grace.

3. Let God’s love lead us to follow His way and stop fighting so hard for our own way. God’s way teaches us to consider others higher than ourselves and look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-5). And God’s way calls us to lay down our own way and commit to His (Matthew 16:24-25). When we catch ourselves insisting we do things our way, we might very well not be insisting on God’s way.

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

4. Rip up the list of wrongs we’re keeping in our hearts. I find myself most easily irritated when I’m keeping score … that silent card in my heart that remembers what someone has, or has not, done for me. When I allow that offense list to linger in my thoughts it gives way to resentment, which chokes love right out of my language. The next time we’re tempted to get out our scorecards, let’s keep a different kind of record – the one that remembers all God has done for us.

5. Talk more about Jesus and His gift than anything we’re giving or receiving. At times we can be tempted to look around and see how we measure up with our friends, neighbors, co-workers or even other family members. Our expressions of love become about making sure we give the best, most popular gifts; and this pursuit either leads us to envy the ones who get or be proud of what we get. But we have only one thing worth boasting about – that we truly know God through the gift of His Son, Jesus (Jeremiah 9:24). The next time we’re tempted to envy or boast let’s allow that to be our reminder to seek God.

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As we practice these five ideas, I pray we trade stress for smiles this season and arrive at Christmas day with full hearts, prepared to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

What is one way you will apply one of these ideas to your life today?

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

Let’s Pray

Dear God, Thank You for sending Jesus to share Your grace and truth with us. Get my attention today when I fall into a thought pattern that puts me on my mind. Remind me instead of Your life, Your love, and Your glory.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Now It’s Your Turn 

Are some of the ideas on the list above easier for you than others? Which one do you struggle with the most?
Grab a girlfriend to pursue love with this season. Write these ideas down, pray for each other and make a plan to check in with each other once or twice a week to see how it’s going!

Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

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Girlfriends In God Devotional 10th December 2021

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

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