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Why Do I Feel Distant From God?

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By Debbie W Wilson | September 14, 2017


 

Years ago, the staggering impact a father plays in a child’s concept of God struck me when an instructor in a counseling class had each of us take an inventory on how we perceived our earthly fathers. I zipped through the simple list checking the appropriate columns in regards to a variety of issues.

Later in the course, we filled out the same inventory, but this time we answered with respect to our heavenly Father. Again, I whizzed down the columns—until I recognized an emerging pattern. I flipped back in my notebook to search for the first inventory. Stunned, I saw they were almost identical.

Where Daddy had a sense of humor, I knew God chuckled. Where my dad was strict, I saw my heavenly Father frown. I’d made God in the image of my dad.

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No matter how good a father may be, he is nowhere as good and consistent as God the Father. But what happens if our earthly father was distant, absent, or abusive? The point of the class was to help us recognize negative feelings about God may be rooted in our experiences with our fathers. No one sees God accurately.

A friend took a seminary class that echoed this finding. Her class discussed the results of a survey done among self-professing atheists. Each one had suffered a damaged relationship with his or her father. Their fathers were typically described as either absent, abusive, or distant.

A Biblical Example

This information helped me understand a verse that had puzzled me. Fifteen months before the birth of Jesus the angel Gabriel gave this prophesy concerning the upcoming birth and ministry of John the Baptist: “And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children…to make ready for the Lord a people prepared” (Luke 1:17 ESV).

How would turning the hearts of the fathers to the children prepare the way for Jesus, I wondered.

Understanding the impact a father has on a child’s view of God brought understanding to John’s mission. Loving, engaged fathers tenderize their children’s hearts toward the Father.

 

Self-absorbed and emotionally disengaged fathers hinder their children from experiencing the unconditional love of our heavenly Father. Turning the hearts of the fathers to their children opened Israel’s arms to welcome God’s Son who came to show us the Father.

Two Modern Examples

Josh McDowell, Christian author and speaker, is a modern day example of this. Did you know that this man who has impacted millions of lives for Christ entered college as an agnostic?

McDowell grew up with an alcoholic father. He set out to disprove the resurrection and debunk Christianity. Instead, he discovered the Savior and found a new Father. Jesus healed the wounds of his childhood and transformed his life. Read his bio here.

  1. S. Lewis’s mother died when he was ten. Lewis’s father shipped him off to boarding school. The emotionally distant relationship with his out-of-touch father no doubt played a role in his becoming an atheist.

But the story doesn’t end there. Christ pursued Lewis. The love of the heavenly Father transformed Lewis into the great Christian author and influencer we deeply love.

If you or your mentee have struggled with feeling close to God or believing you belong to Him look at your relationship with your earthly father. Could it be affecting how you feel about your heavenly Father?

Our fathers—even those that were absent—profoundly affect our relationship with our heavenly Father. But they aren’t the only influence. Jesus came to show us the Father. Getting to know Him better transforms us and bridges any gap we’ve felt with our heavenly Father. The healing Josh McDowell and C. S. Lewis found is available to all who come to Jesus.

If you feel distant from your Heavenly Father, tell Him. Then ask Him to heal the wound. It might help to make a list comparing your father with your heavenly Father. And remember, God doesn’t chastise us for how we feel.

About the Author:

Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman who has experienced an extraordinary God. Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor, and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie speaks and writes to help others discover relevant faith. She is the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. She and her husband, Larry, founded Lighthouse Ministries in 1991. Share her journey to refreshing faith at her blog. Share the Journey with Debbie on her website www.debbieWwilson.com

Why Is It So Hard To Have Intentional Relationships?

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By Stephanie McGraw | June 27, 2017


 

Time is a strange thing. It is like a boat that continually moves through the sea leaving behind a wake of memories that both delight us and taunt us. Looking back at this previous year, I am reminded of both the sweet times and the hardships. This last year has definitely been one of the most challenging, and part of the difficulty was building and maintaining strong relationships.

 

Nashville is infamous for being a melting pot of people from all over the world. It’s rare that you meet someone who is a native. People come here with high hopes and big dreams. That’s how it was for my husband and I moved here in March of 2015.

 

Honestly, it was miserable for me when we first moved here. I had no family, no friends, no job, and no car. It was lonely, to say the least. I prayed for friendship and community, and I waited. And waited.

 

Eight months later, I got a job at a wonderful company, got plugged into a local ministry, and started to find community. But it wasn’t all easy from there. Though I was interacting with people day in and day out at my job, and at church in the evenings, I found myself still feeling lonely. I realized that though I was around people on a daily basis, I wasn’t building relationships. Though I am grateful for the friends I did make over this last year, I can’t help but wish I was more intentional about reaching out to people, being available, and sustaining those friendships.

 

The conversations I was having felt stale. I was too distracted and preoccupied with the stresses of my own life to be present in conversations. This resulted in frustration because not only was I failing to give my friend the proper attention and care they deserved, but I was also being misunderstood.

 

Confession; I often dread half-hearted conversation. I dread talking about the weather, and how busy busy busy we are…It’s not that I don’t care about these things, and I know small talk is often necessary, but I also know there are times where you come to work, school, and church hurting, really hurting, and you don’t have a safe place to just be or a safe person to confide in.

If you don’t see me as that, have I failed you? It makes me wonder if, as a friend and minister, I am truly making myself accessible to the people in my life. It’s not that I did not have opportunities to do so. Sometimes I just didn’t want to.

 

I’m too tired. I don’t feel like it. I’d rather watch Netflix…The list goes on.

 

Most of the time I am tired, I don’t feel like it, and I would rather vegg. Yet despite being drained at times, I still long for more. I’d often schedule, then re-schedule, and sometimes cancel on friends because of work-life-school overload and feel bad about it afterward. Though I was physically spent, my soul was thirsty to connect with others and spend quality time with them.

 

Yet, I found that over time friends stopped asking to hangout. It turns out, people take notice when you continually cancel and reschedule. I realized that I have to forego comfort if I want to build these relationships and have these connections.

 

PEOPLE TAKE NOTICE WHEN YOU CONTINUALLY CANCEL AND RESCHEDULE.

 

It’s a battle of flesh and spirit every day. In a perfect world my life would consist of reading, and writing, and having coffee with friends all day. But I can still have those moments and conversations while being a full-time fill-in-the-blank.

 

This is so important, friends. We have to make people a priority. We have to love each other well, and that means being intentional with our relationships and faithful to our plans.

We have to stop viewing people as an inconvenience, and instead, see them as gifts. We must be weary of seeking what we can gain out of relationships, and instead, focus on what we can give.

Visit Stephanie’s website and read more at www.wordsunfolding.com 

5 Things To Look For When Searching For Community

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By Emily P. Meyer | June 13, 2017


 

Community. It’s not just the neighborhood you live in or a word that precedes other words like “center,” “outreach,” or “college.” Community is something intangible that you find as you imesh yourself into a tribe of other people you share commonalities with while you face life’s challenges and triumphs together.

 

I’m in a shape-shifting season of community right now. The group that my husband and I have “done life with” the past four and a half years is drastically about to change because several members of the group are being called to new seasons. We’ve all been in tears about it because none of us truly wants the close bond of Christ-centered family that we’ve shared through deep valleys, rocky roads, and dazzling triumphs to end as we know it.

 

The oldest in the group tries to encourage us from experience to remind us that people come into your life for a season and those bonds will never be broken even those distance and time separates us. Still, many of us want to fight for things to stay the same. But they won’t. Deep down, we all know it.

 

Here’s the thing- I don’t want to share all my junk with yet another group. That just exhausts me to think about explaining all the things I’ve lived through with these people.

 

But do you know what? It exhausted me to think about that before I came to this group of people, too.

 

I guess at the age of 33, I’ve been through about 5 or 6 batches of true blue tribes. The people I’ve “done life with” have come at just the right time for just the right reasons. Every time I’ve come to a season of in between, it’s felt awfully lonely and like I was on a launchpad to an unknown destination. But when I started becoming ingrained in community once again as I forged ahead into what was unknown to me, but always known to the Lord, I finally started to see a little more of who God wanted to use to help challenge and shape me as His daughter for that new season.

 

The older I get, the more I realize that from each tribe, I seem to have collected individual tribespeople that become part of my super tribe. They may not be the people I do life with locally, but they’re the people that I don’t have to re-explain my story to. They’ve known me long enough to help me come to a better knowing of myself. These are the ones I send the desperate pleas for prayer to. These are the ones I can bounce ideas off of and the ones who will reach out with real-talk to set me straight and help me stay grounded in what truly matters.

 

Maybe you’re tribe-less locally like I’m about to be, too. I can’t really tell you where exactly you’ll find your tribe. But what I can tell you is what to look for. Here are the top five things I’ll be looking for in my next tribe that I would encourage you to look for, too:

 

TOP 5 THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN SEARCHING FOR COMMUNITY:

  1. People who let you process out loud along the process of life.
  2. People who don’t just say, “That’s life,” when the going get’s tough. The people you want around you when life is hard are those who will weep with you and then DO something not to carry your whole load, but to help lift it. These will be the same people who truly rejoice with you when you experience victory in your life as well.
  3. People who are available… for text messages, meals, to help you move, to come to your husband’s graduation party, to watch your kid when you move again, to go to the movies with. Don’t misunderstand…you don’t need people who are there to do it all for you, but to do a lot of it with
  4. People who will love you unconditionally while you and Jesus process all the junk in your life.
  5. People who will always keep you grounded in the truth of God’s Word.

 

We had one of our last gatherings this past weekend: an impromptu cookout at our Life Group Leaders’ home. That night, as we drove away, I thought about what that group and our leaders’ home have meant to us these past few years. A phrase came to mind about all that we’ve shared together at their home, our church, and everywhere in between: a Christ-centered community is where home is church and church is home.

 

This sort of community is a sacred fellowship that breeds on grounds of backyards, beat up cars and minivans, churches, restaurants, concert floors, hospitals, playgrounds, funeral homes, nurseries, and so much territory between.

 

You were made for community, my friend. God made us in community and for community because His desire for us to know the beauty of relationship with Him and His people is at His core. Some of the first words the world ever heard from the God whose image we were made in clue us in on that: “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” (Genesis 1:26).

 

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If you haven’t found your band of brothers and sisters yet, start looking today.

For more wonderful articles visit Emily’s website  http://www.emilypmeyer.com

Whoopi Got It Right

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By M. K. Thomas


I’m a resale fanatic. A die-hard Second Hand Rose. In other words, I love to recycle, repurpose, and reuse other people’s stuff. If we ever meet and there seems to be something vaguely familiar about me, it could be I’m wearing a pair of your old blue jeans or crew neck sweater (my daughter thinks my closet houses way too many of them).

But besides red cable knit sweaters, I also like to collect old home videos. It’s hard not to notice when there are multiple copies of particular ones; like Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, and Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I recently picked up copies of all three and then watched them back to back. The crumbs and dirty dishes that piled up around me were legendary. But hey, don’t judge – it had been a tough week.

 

Storyline

Sister Act was a delightful departure from the usual Hollywood storyline. No boy meets girl, no corny pick-up lines, no awkward bedroom scenes. Nope. Not at all. Instead, Whoopi (Mary Clara, a woman of questionable character who was hiding out at a convent) helped the choir members find their voices. Somehow she brought out the best in each and every one of them, and as a result, their joy and enthusiasm spilled over into the tough neighborhood they served. The script and the characters may be fictional, but there’s a deeply spiritual lesson here if you look.

 

 

The rock-n-roll version of My God, (a retake on the 1964 hit tune My Guy, originally recorded by Mary Wells) and I Will Follow Him (originally recorded by Peggy March in 1966) left me covered with goosebumps! Like most Baby Boomers, I grew up on a steady diet of music and movie themes that made it seem as if our sole purpose, our soul pursuit, should be to find someone to love. Or even worse yet, to find someone to love us.

 

Path

My path is littered with broken relationships that were doomed to fail, all because nobody was ever meant to be my “everything”. No human that is, short of Jesus himself. Maybe that’s why so many people owned a copy of Sister Act. It’s rare to find a film that redirects our attention to the only person who can truly live up to the title Savior.

So yes, I guess (in this case anyway) Hollywood got it right. Whoopi Goldberg led those sisters in a chorus of love songs meant for the only One who deserves our undying devotion and it is positively contagious!

The next time you find yourself humming one of your favorite love songs, try singing it to the one true God who deserves your most enthusiastic participation.

Come on now, I wanna hear you singing!

And if you need a little bit of inspiration, check out these links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-K5o4bCsns and https://www.google.com/#q=yout+tube+I+will+follow+him+sister+act

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To Be A Friend, You Must Find Yourself Friendly

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By Nicole Newson | March 3, 2017


 

I have this wooden board on my wall in my dining room that says, “Life is sweeter with friends & family”.  It’s located directly across from where I sit at the table so I look at it often.

 

I know some people who could say this statement couldn’t be further from the truth.  Maybe their experiences with friendships and family in their lives have caused them more stress and hardships than joy.  Maybe you are like me and this statement could potentially at times go both ways, however, I definitely believe that my life IS in fact much sweeter and joyful surrounded by good friends and family.

 

I have sweet friends who send me the most encouraging texts and scriptures right when I need it most.  I’ve been blessed to be around many moms who have kids close in age as mines, who make me feel normal when I’ve had a crazy day w/ the girls or when I feel like I’m failing as a parent.  I usually leave those conversations laughing because they’ve shared what their week was like, which sometimes is much crazier than mines.

 

I have older women who mentor and pour into me. They encourage me as a mom, wife, and a woman of God.  I also enjoy every opportunity I have to pour into others and be super transparent about life’s ups and downs.

 

One friend sent me this note below that she has written on a piece of paper by her bed. She says it keeps her going so I’ve decided to share…

 

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It’s short and simple but it was right on time for me. She sent this to me at a point in my life when it felt like all MY plans seemed so out of whack. Things were not going exactly as I had envisioned.

She sent this to me at a point in my life when it felt like all MY plans seemed so out of whack. Things were not going exactly as I had envisioned.

Obviously, it was because I really needed to let go of the notion that I was actually 100% in control of everything. This is a small example of why it’s so important to have relationships that can provide accountability.

 

Listen to advice and accept instruction,

that you may gain wisdom in the future.  

Proverbs 19:20

 

God never intended for us to go through life alone.  There is so much wisdom and love out there to share with one another. It’s honestly been a journey for me on learning how to truly be a good friend.

It’s honestly been a journey for me on learning how to truly be a good friend. Pursuing passions, along with being a wife and a mom of small children, I’ve found that it takes a bit more planning, grace, and being intentional in building relationships with others.

You can, however, meet and engage with people everywhere you go. Put on a smile, give a sincere compliment, be open and engaging, send notes and cards, and genuinely ask people about themselves.

I don’t know where I heard this but it has stuck with me over the years and I try to keep this thought in mind every day….”Your next best friend is out there somewhere in the world.”

Read more posts by Nicole at  www.Idowediditsdone.com

My Life Is My Testimony

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by Nicole Newson |  February 17, 2017


 

When I would hear the word evangelism growing up and even as a young adult, I would always get overwhelmed and proclaim “that is not my gift.”  I never felt like I was one of “those people.” I thought in order to evangelize I had to be able to witness door to door passing out pamphlets on Jesus and hold up signs in the streets about God.

I never felt like I knew what to say or how to say it to make the greatest impact on others so I said and sometimes did nothing. I was honestly even fearful of praying out loud in front of others. I thought my prayers would possibly sound too simple in comparison to the long and grandiose prayers I would often hear others say aloud. I just never felt “spiritual” enough to evangelize.

It wasn’t until later that I realized sharing God with others was as simple as sharing my story. No bells or whistles—just be open and real about my life and the impact Christ has made on me.

OPEN AND REAL

I spent a lot of my youth hiding behind and covering up all the negative things that were happening to me out of fear. However, as I got older I understood that sharing my experiences could actually break down walls.  Now I would say I’ve become a natural self-discloser.

I am very open about my past and experiences and when I look over my life and where I am today it points directly to God.  If it wasn’t for God’s hand over my life, I know I would be in a totally different and miserable place.

Just a little background, I come from an extremely dysfunctional family in which I experienced a childhood of neglect, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. There were many times growing up I felt like it was too much for me to handle and I wanted out of my life. However, because of God’s grace and love I am still here against all odds, and living a truly blessed and peaceful life.

I’m so thankful I don’t look like what I’ve been through because I would be a sight for sore eyes.  The devil wanted to use my experiences as a way to take my eyes off Jesus. I can remember his manipulative whispers as a child, “you’re not loved, just end it all because things will NEVER get any better for you,” and sometimes it really felt like it wouldn’t. I felt such hopelessness but over time it became clear that it was all lies!

TURNED AROUND

God has turned my life completely around and has used those experiences for his glory. He has redeemed me and gave me such purpose, hope, and a family filled with love. Now I am no longer overwhelmed by the thought of evangelism and I pray others will not shy away from it either.

Build relationships with others and be real about your life experiences and I believe it will allow you the opportunities to share your faith with others. When I finally realized I didn’t have to be a bible scholar to share God’s goodness and it didn’t have to be this super complicated, intimidating process—it has made ALL the difference.

Let God use the good, the bad, and maybe even the downright ugly experiences in your life to show how merciful, forgiving, and loving He truly is!

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What Are You Modeling?

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by Denise Loock | February 15, 2017


 

The man who wanted him dead slept within a sword’s length of the innocent fugitive.

“Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands,” the fugitive’s companion whispered. “Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear” (1 Samuel 26:8).

The opportunity to end his years as a fugitive, scurrying from cave to cave, never knowing where or when he’d be attacked lay before David like a sparkling jewel on black velvet. Had God indeed orchestrated this encounter, as David’s nephew Abishai suggested?

David saw the gleam of triumph in the younger man’s eye. Abishai lifted his spear.

David grabbed it. “Don’t destroy him!”

Abishai’s eyes widened in surprise, then clouded with confusion.

“Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” David asked, his voice quiet, but his tone sharp. “The Lord himself will strike him. … But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on [King Saul]” (vv. 9-10).

Whether or not Abishai agreed with David’s position, he obeyed his uncle that night. He didn’t slay Saul then or on any other occasion that may have presented itself.

We don’t usually view David as a mentor, but throughout his life—both before he was king and during his reign—he mentored those under his authority. On the night he and Abishai crept into King Saul’s camp, David displayed attitudes that every Christian should model.

First, he advised Abishai to act according to God’s known will.

God had placed Saul on Israel’s throne. It was God’s job to remove Saul from that place of authority—not David’s, not Abishai’s. Murdering someone was against God’s law, and killing a man—even an enemy—while he slept was cowardice, not bravery.

Second, David showed Abishai that opportunity doesn’t always signify advisability.

Abishai assumed that opportunity granted permission for action, but David recognized that opportunities were sometimes tests of obedience. Because he knew murder was contrary to God’s law, he resisted an action that seemed logical and advantageous.

Third, David relied on God’s absolute sovereignty and inherent goodness.

He understood that God would take care of Saul in His own time: “either [Saul’s] time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish”—which is exactly what happened. David chose to wait, knowing God would bring about His will eventually. David also counted on the truth of God’s promise to make him Saul’s successor.

 

 

Whether one nephew or ten thousand citizens are watching us, these three principles will help us become the people God designed us to be.

In what way can you exemplify these principles today?

  • Act in accordance with God’s known will.
  • Recognize that opportunity doesn’t always signify advisability.
  • Rely on God’s absolute sovereignty and inherent goodness.

Take the Next Step:

Read 1 Samuel 26. Ask God to show you specific ways to model David’s behavior in your relationships.

For more information and blogs by Denise visit http://www.digdeeperdevotions.com/about-denise/

Three Biblical Relationships Every Millennial Needs

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By Aaress Lawless  |  February 13, 2017


The millennials in your life are craving relationships. It’s not just success they are longing for—it is a desire to feel connected, to make an impact, and to know that their lives will count as part of the greater good.

The linchpin element in their lives, the glue that holds life together for them, is the concept of relationship.

 

Our world has so distorted our understanding of relationships. Even we Christians sometimes measure the strength of our relationships by the number of our Instagram followers and Facebook likes. This is a manmade statistic, a fake measure of the depth of our friendships.

But that’s not the way relationships work as God intended. Fortunately, in the Bible God gives us clear examples of meaningful relationships. Let’s look together at three Biblical types of relationships that belong in the life of every millennial.

 

A “Luke” Relationship

The book of Acts reads like an eyewitness report—-and indeed it was. Partially through the book you’ll notice a shift in personal pronouns. Luke starts to use “we” because he is now part of the story. Luke is side-by-side with the Apostle Paul, doing life with him, even if that is in a jail cell. His friendship helped sustain Paul during the hard times, as Paul poignantly noted in 2 Timothy 4:11 that “only Luke is with me.”

Who has God brought in your life as a “Luke”?

God uses “Luke” relationships in our lives to encourage us, strengthen us, and help give us the courage to follow Christ, no matter where He leads.

 

A “Paul” Relationship

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The “Pauls” in our lives are gifts from God. Your “Paul” may be a co-worker, a church leader, or a Godly older individual in your life.

It’s someone who has traveled longer or further down the Christian walk, and who is encouraging you by their example as they follow Christ.

 

A “Timothy” Relationship

Even while you yourself are a “Timothy” being mentored by your “Paul”, God may have also called YOU to have a “Timothy” or two in your life. Look around you….who has God brought into your life?

Who needs a loving hand, an encouraging word, and a mentor?

 

The millennials today in your community and your church are longing to be “Timothys”, but there is a shocking lack of available “Pauls”. What’s holding you back?

Go to God with these fears and concerns and ask Him for the courage and strength to overcome them.

Luke, Paul and Timothy… these three types of relationships are exactly what millennials need in their lives.

God may be calling you to be one of these three people in the life of someone today. Go to God for the wisdom and the courage to make that first step, to send that first coffee invitation, or to place that first phone call. You may never know how lasting of an eternal impact it will make.

 

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4 Ways To Build And Leave A Strong Legacy

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Have you ever thought about the legacy that you are leaving for those who come after you in life? Whether that be children, grandchildren, friends, nieces and nephews, or anyone else who may be a part of your circle in life.

We are quickly approaching the holiday season. For many people this season of the year can be an overwhelming and emotional full of joy and sometimes pain.

Is this the case for you? Do you dread the holidays or is it a time of encouragement and thankfulness?

The truth is whatever you allow the holidays to become for you is how those who follow after you will tend to do so as well. Hopefully, you want to leave a legacy of an encouraging, warm and thankful Christmas season.

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How can you make this happen?

  1. Your personal relationship with God in your heart is where your legacy begins. This Christmas season share your faith with your family and friends in a real and authentic conversation. Tell them what God has been doing in your life and how He is moving you to a positive direction. Rededicate your life to meeting God for a Quiet Moment each day and begin building a legacy.1 Samuel 12:24  
  2. You can set the tone. You must be the one in charge of the attitude and mood of your home and your gatherings. Make your home as positive and thankful as possible. Celebrate the good and the things that you have to be grateful. Nehemiah 8:10b
  3. Take time to serve and help others. Be courageous. Boldly step out and help others this Christmas. Our actions speak louder than our words to the next generation. If you want to leave a legacy of hope and generosity then volunteer or reach out and help the poor and helpless and take your family and friends along. Acts 20:35
  4. Live a life full of prayer. Ask God to guide you and your family to His ways, purpose, plan and direction in life. This Christmas invite your family or friends to join you on their knees in prayer for those lost, hurting and broken in the world. Psalm 17:6

Do whatever it takes to answer God’s call on your life and leave a legacy that will outlast you!

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Treasure every moment.

Spend a few moments today and think about the legacy you would like to leave behind. Live this coming year for the Glory of God and begin to build a legacy worth leaving.