5 Bible Verses of Peace During The Most Wonderful, Stressful Time of Year

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I don’t know if when Edward Pola and George Wyle were writing the song, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” or when Andy Williams was singing it if they realized the lyrics could have been, “It’s the Most Wonderful, Stressful Time of the Year”.  I get the “Parties for hosting” and the “caroling out in the snow”, but what’s up with the “marshmallows roasting” and “scary ghost stories”?  Oh, I guess they are referring to “A Christmas Carol”, Scrooge and his three ghostly visitors? Perhaps.

Seriously, Christmas can be very stressful for many, but it doesn’t have to be when we stay focused on the real story of the season, the story of Jesus. A story of Peace.

We light the second candle of Advent for Peace.  As Isaiah 9:6b tells us, “And he will be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

I don’t know about you, but when I slow down to think about Mary and Joseph and precious Jesus in a barn on that Holy night, that silent night.  I feel an overwhelming wave of peace wash over me.

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Take some time this week, friend, get silent with God.  Feel His peace.  Here are five verses of peace to ease your mind.

  1.  Isaiah 26:3:  You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
  2. Luke 2:14:  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
  3. Numbers 6: 24-26:  “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
  4. John 16:33:  “I have told you these things so that you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  5. Psalm 4:8:  “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Dear Lord, I pray today for peace for our world and for each person reading this blog today.  I ask that you, Father, show us your peace during this precious time of year that is not about running around like crazy people, but a time that is truly wonderful and peaceful.  Help us to remember the peace we have through your son, Jesus.  Amen.

I will be giving away another gift card this week.  Don’t forget to comment with your favorite Bible verse about Peace, or what you do to find peace in your life during the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  Sharing is Caring, if you enjoy reading Living Joy Today please share it with your friends.

Friday Joy! Hope

Happy Friday Friend.  I pray you have been filled with Hope this first week of Advent.  I know I sure have.  It hasn’t been an easy week for me, but diving into the Word of God, brings me hope every time.  If you too have had a difficult week or have started to maybe feel a little tinge of stress that can sneak in during this time of year, take a few minutes in God’s word today.  Be refreshed, refueled, revived with His Hope!

This week’s winner of my Advent Gift Card Give Away is:  Julie M.  Congratulations!!!

Join me again this Sunday for Week 2 of Advent when we will light the candle of  Peace.  

Have a blessed Weekend!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Jane Ann

I will be giving away another gift card next week.  All you need to do is comment and share the blog post to be entered to win!

7 Scriptures of Hope For The First Week Of Advent

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Growing up in the Christian Church one of my most favorite parts of each Sunday service leading up to Christmas was the lighting of the Advent Wreath.  Each week, for the four weeks leading up to Christmas, a different family lit a new candle and shared a message and scripture pertaining to each candle.  Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, and on Christmas Eve the Christ Candle was lit.

Today the Advent Wreath is still one of my favorite symbols of the Christmas season.  For the  Four weeks leading up to Christmas and Christmas Eve,  I will share with you my own advent wreath,  (easily made with re-purposed  Christmas decorations and a simple Amazon purchased Advent Wreath) Scripture for each Candle which I pray will help you to overflow with passion for Jesus and live Joy during the Christmas season and every day.

Let’s get started with Week One of Advent: Hope

Here are Seven Scriptures of Hope to fill you this week with the Hope Christ brings us daily through His Word.

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  1. Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
  2. Isaiah 40:31:  “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength”
  3. Ephesians 1:18:  “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened  in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.”
  4. Romans 15:13:  “May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
  5. Psalm 119:114:  “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
  6. Hebrews 10:23:  “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
  7. Psalm 130:5:  “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.”

Heavenly Father you are the God of Hope.  Walk with us on this Advent Journey as we prepare to celebrate the birth of your son Jesus.  Father during this time of Advent let us remember to fix our eyes on the only reason for this season that is your son who is the hope for a broken world.  May you fill our spirits with the hope and joy of Christ’s coming.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

As I promised, each week I will be giving away a gift certificate for leaving a comment about the devotional.  What is your favorite Bible verse about Hope?  Share it in the comments.

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Friday Joy!

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Happy Friday Friends,

As we come to the end of November I wanted to let you know about what is coming up in December here at Living Joy Today. Things will be changing  up  with a series on Advent which will be posted on the four Sundays of Advent and the morning of December 24th, Christmas Eve.

To also add a little fun in the mix, since it is the season of Jesus and I do love giving, I am going to be giving away gift cards each week.  To be eligible for the give away, be a follower of Living Joy Today, like the post, and leave a comment.  It would also be great if you would share the blog with a friend,  Sharing is caring and I would love the Word of Jesus to spread.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann

4 Bible Verses To Remind Us ‘Tis the Season of Giving

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Christmas season is the time of giving.  Everywhere we turn there is opportunity to give during the holidays. Salvation Army Bell Ringers are out in full force, Angel Tree children await food, gifts, and clothing.  Food banks and shelters desperately need donations and gifts.  The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation , the list of amazing charities needing us to give goes on and on. And with the recent fires in California so many have lost everything and need donations.  God calls us, in Deuteronomy 16:17, “to give as we are able according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.”

This is also a wonderful time to share God’s Good News of giving with our children and grandchildren.  Showing them ways to give back not only begins to instill in them God’s message but also allows them the opportunity to give back themselves and to reap the eternal blessings that come with giving.

As families this Christmas season, we can work together to give confidently, generously, and joyfully not only with our  monetary giving but with our time and talents.

Here are three more Bible Verses to share with our children and grandchildren not only during the Christmas season but year round about the importance of giving back the blessing we receive from Jesus.

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Malachi 3:10:  “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

Show our children that when we give confidently God provides.

Proverbs 12:14:  “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
    and the work of their hands brings them reward.”

Give with your time and talents, and there will be a Heavenly reward.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7:  “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Giving what you can joyfully pleases God.

Where will you give this season friend?  Will you choose to give of your time, talents, material blessings?  What charity will you choose to support?  And remember, so many charities need help throughout the year, such as our local food banks.  Let’s give of ourselves this Christmas season as Christ gave for us.

Don’t miss my Friday Joy post this week.  I will be letting you in on a little secret of what is to come in December!  You won’t want to miss out!  If you love the messages of Joy from God’s Word at Living Joy Today, please share it with your friends.

Motivation For Your Monday! Celebrating The Savior

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As November draws to a close this week, let’s continue to give God the praise and thanks for all things and people in our lives.   Thanks be to God for His never-failing love, peace, kindness, and strength.  But most of all, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”. (2 Corinthians 9:15) Jesus Christ our Savior!   Amen!

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy,

Jane Ann