Thursday, December 13, 2018

Intentional: God is Intentional & How We Can Live Intentionally

Intentional

Intentional



What does it mean to be intentional?

  Intentional: done on purpose, deliberate. -dictonary.com

  Intentional: voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. Voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion. -merriam-webster.com

  Intentional living: any lifestyle based on an individual or group's conscious attempts to live according to their values and beliefs. These can include lifestyles based on religious or ethical values, as well as coaching, personal transformation, and leadership training. -Wikipedia.com

  Intentional learner: the "persistent, continual process to acquire, understand, and use a variety of strategies to improve one's ability to attain and apply knowledge." -sites.google.com

  What it means to be intentional according to "Live and Love Work":
"It means you are purposeful in a word and action. It means you live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling to you. It means you make thoughtful choices in your life. Being intentional means you wake up every day and ask yourself "how am I going to make this day great?""
-liveandlovework.com 

God is Intentional:

  For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. -Philippians 2:13

Intentional  Everything God does is intentional. Some people think that God made mistakes, but the truth is, God doesn't make mistakes. God makes people the way they are for a purpose, he aligns things to happen at certain times which can frustrate some but it is with intention.

  Your frustration may be someone's answer to prayer or your own answer to prayer. Here is what I
mean; You're on your way to work and get held up at a long red light, you continue down the road to get stopped at 5 more red lights. Now you're frustrated because you're going to be late to work. What you don't realize is that God put those red lights in front of you to avoid an accident with another driver that was praying for a safe ride to work. God intentionally slowed you down so the both of you could arrive to work safely.

  God never fails. Everything works for His good.   He does things for our good. He directs our paths with intention.

  God is mighty, but despises no one; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose. -Job 36:5


How can we live intentionally?

   "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

  If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

  Command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

  Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." -1 Timothy 4:1-16

1. "The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." We need to be intentional, watching and listening. We need to make sure we stay on the path of righteousness, following God and not deceptive spirits. We need to stand up for the truth and not follow the hypocritical liars. Let's not abandon our faith, stand firm!

Intentional2. "If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed." We need to be intentional in helping our sisters and brothers in Christ stay on the right path. We need to minister to one another so we don't get lost and wander off. We need to be intentional and train ourselves to be godly. This way we don't abandon the faith and only follow the truth. Training ourselves to be godly helps us to hold promise for our present life and our eternal life.

3. "Command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching." Be intentional in teaching these things. Keep going even when people look down on you or tell you that you can't or shouldn't be teaching these things. Anyone at any age can teach the truth and lead others to God. Conduct yourself intentionally in your speech, in love, in faith and in purity.

4. " Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you." When God gives you your gift and it has been prophesied to you, be intentional and use that gift. Practice your gift daily.

5. "Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." Be intentional in these matters. Watch what you do because people are watching and listening. You may be the only Bible that some people are reading. Be intentional in spreading the Word of God, the truth.

  Not only do we need to be intentional in our words but we need to also ACT on these things.

  Everything works for our good. 

How can we be an intentional learner?
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  We need to be intentional learners by reading the Bible, intentionally seeking the truth. We should
be reading the Bible to learn more about the individual gifts that have been assigned to us. We should desire and strive to learn more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

  Digging into the word daily helps us with our walk with Christ, it helps us to be stronger Christians so that we can spread the good news without being hypocrites.

In closing:

  Be intentional and desire to get to know God better every day. God is intentional and makes everything work for our good. We can be intentional and seek God daily.

Do you live your life intentionally? Have you seen God work intentionally in your life?

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Your 2018 Christian Gift Guide for Christmas

Monday, November 19, 2018

Your 2018 Christian Gift Guide for Christmas

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Your 2018 Christian Gift Guide for Christmas


It's that time of year where everyone is looking for gifts and stocking stuffers! In past years I had a hard time looking for good, quality Christian gifts and stocking stuffers. With Christian bookstores fading, we need to shop online for Christian gifts. This year I decided to help you find the top best selling gifts. 

Not only have I come up with a nice sized list, but all the items listed below are budget friendly.

Let's start with the good old stocking stuffers. Everyone loves to get a few stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve.

Stocking Stuffers:

1. Dayspring - Flip Calendar - Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
This Calendar makes a perfect gift for that special person in your life that loves inspirational messages each day. Get this perfect gift here.



2. Beautifully Broken Coffee Mug
We all know a coffee drinker. This gift is perfect for your mom, sister, best friend, wife, grandma... as long as she is a coffee drinker she will love this gift.


3. Scripture Candy - Jesus Sweet Name I know
This stocking stuffer is perfect for kids or anyone you know that loves soft              peppermints. It even comes with a really cute tin. You can't pass up this stocking stuffer. 




4. Layered Leather Bracelet
These bracelets are for women or men. Adjustable real leather. I know a few people that I would love to get this for. You can find it on Amazon here. 



5. Names of Jesus Coffee Mug Who wouldn't love this gorgeous coffee mug? It is two-toned, has a scripture verse written on the inside and the names of Jesus. It's even gift-boxed for you. Get this beauty here.




6. Come Alive CD for Kids by Bethel Music This gift is perfect for the older kids in your life. Although this CD may have come out 3 years ago, it is still a huge hit for kids. Come Alive is packed with beautiful Christan songs. It even has some of my favorites. Get the Come Alive CD here




7. Look Up Child by Lauren Daigle CD
Anyone would LOVE to get this CD as a stocking stuffer! Lauren Daigle is an amazing Christian artist with a God-given, heavenly voice. Many have compared her to Adel. I just adore her. Get her new CD here.





8. Joycuff Christian Gifts Vertical Bar Necklace
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5-6
Made with surgical stainless steel. This necklace is absolutely beautiful. Get this stocking stuffer here.




9. Crosstraxx Titanium Prayer Bracelet -Men I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Comes in Silver or Black and they are adjustable. Get these Spiritual Strength bracelets here.



10. Infinity Knock Necklace with Cross This beautiful necklace is great for that special lady in your life. You can check out more and get this necklace here.





Now for the Christian Christmas gift list. There is something for everyone; men, women, children, and babies.

Christmas Gifts:

1. Women's 'I Walk in Purpose' Wideneck Sweatshirt Design by Purpose & Love. Get this wonderful gift in our shop here.
Get 15% off everything in the Purpose & Love Boutique from 11/23/2018 until 11/25/2018 using code: CYBER18

Find T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Waterbottles, bags, etc here.
Get 15% off EVERYTHING in the Purpose & Love Boutique from 11/23/2018 until 11/25/2018 using code: CYBER18 


249378: Little People, Noah"s Ark Playset 3. Little People, Noah's Ark Playset
Encourage your little ones to learn about Noah, his ark, and God's promise with the Fisher-Price® Little People® Noah's Ark Gift Set. Designed for ages 1 to 5 years, toddlers will love pairing the animals up two by two, as they make their way into the ark with Noah! This 18-piece set includes 17 figures: Noah, 2 hippos, 2 zebras, 2 leopards, 2 turtles, 2 lions, 2 giraffes, 2 pandas, and 2 elephants, plus the ark---with a door that really opens and a deck that comes off so all the animals can be stored inside! A wonderful introduction to a beloved Bible story.
Get it here.


4. Jesus Light Up Cross This cross is so cool! It has a touch control so you can change the colors one by one or put it on a 7 color gradual changer. Get this amazing gift here.




5. Merry Christmas Coffee Mug Designed by Purpose & Love. We all know someone that loves coffee cups and Christmas.
Get 15% off everything in the Purpose & Love Boutique from 11/23/2018 until 11/25/2018 using code: CYBER 18
Get one here.


274682: It Is Well With My Soul, Stick Plaque, Small 6It Is Well With My Soul, Stick Plaque, Small
Stick plaque for small space decor, a rustic simple accessory with just the right wording. 6" x 1.5". Handcrafted in the USA.




  • It is well with my soul




  • 7. Christian Cross Ring For men or Women. Made out of Tungsten. 
    A perfect gift for that special person in your life. Show them the gift of love; your love and God's love. Get it here.




    8. Beautifully Broken Merchandise Sweaters, Sweatshirts, hoodies, aprons, coffee mugs, phone covers, and more!
    Have you read the Beautifully Broken post yet? Get the matching merch here!



    96006: Anchor of Hope--Tealight Lantern 9. Anchor of Hope--Tealight Lantern
    Cozy Mason Jar lantern with jute trim and metal handle; Hope is an anchor for the soul. Hebrews 6:19 in black typography on the glass. Insert your tealight into the recessed holder and enjoy the warmth of candleglow on your table or mantel. Jar is 6.5" tall; please use your own candles since they are not included.


    10. Names of Jesus Pen and Keychain
    This is a great gift set perfect for anyone.
    Made of meta and even comes with a nice black gift box.
    Get this gorgeous set here.



    11. Baby- My First Christmas Babies bodysuits and t-shirts.
    Really cute Christmas Owl design for babies first Christmas.
    Get it here.



    142673: The Star, DVD + Digital 12The Star, DVD + Digital

    Bo the brave-hearted donkey yearns for adventure---but when he follows a shining star with a lovable sheep, a hilarious dove, and some wisecracking camels, he never dreams he'll be swept up in the greatest story ever told! Includes a "Star-aoke" sing-along with lyric videos from Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Kirk Franklin, and other top artists. Rated PG. Dove approved. Approx. 86 minutes.
    Special Features:
    • Star-aoke: Sing-along with Bo & Friends
    • Dance-Along to: A Great Big World "Life Is Good"
    • Lyric Videos from: Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, Kelsea Ballerini and Kirk Franklin
    • "Faith All Year Round" with DeVon Franklin and more!
    • Audio: English, French and Spanish
    • Subtitles: English, French and Spanish
    Digital movie offer expires 12/31/2020.


    This beautiful bracelet is perfect for any little girl. It comes with a praying angel charm, cross charm, and an I love Jesus charm. Get it here.







    14. Our First Christmas Merchandise. Our First Christmas pillow covers shown here.
    Get long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, hoodies, pillow cases, coffee mugs and more.
    Get them here.


    336227: God Bless You Tissue Basket with White Lining 15.  God Bless You Tissue Basket with White Lining
    Handy tissue basket holds a box of boutique tissues, God bless you embroidered fabric liner, and wood lid. 6" x 6" x 6"; adds style to your room decor. White with brown lettering; button closure. 
    Personalization is available!
    To order with embroidered personalization, just add to your cart and follow the prompts.
    All personalization is done on the premises at Christianbook.com.



    16.   100 Bible Songs and 100 Bible Stories
    A 3 CD set with over 3 hours of songs and stories.
    What a great gift for kids! Get it here.





    223793: Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey, DVD 17. Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey, DVD

    Walk in the shoes of an unlikely messenger who touched the world. Rare historical footage and compelling interviews with family members, lifelong friends, former presidents, and prominent broadcasters tell the remarkable story of Billy Graham; who grew up on a farm and became the most prolific preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in modern history. Known as a pastor to presidents, an advocate for racial equality, and the fearless risk-taker who preached behind The Iron Curtain, see Graham's unwavering faith as he encountered challenges, tragedies, and world crises. Documentary. Approx. 72 minutes.


    103339: Fireproof, Special Collector"s Edition, DVD 18. Fireproof, Special Collector's Edition, DVD

    Starring Kirk Cameron, Fireproof is the inspiring love story of a firefighter, his wife, and a marriage worth rescuing. At work, Capt. Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) lives by the old firefighter's adage: "Never leave your partner behind". At home, he lives by his own rules. His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt has to face his toughest job ever, rescuing his wife's heart. Rated PG. Approx. 119 minutes. Bonus Features:
    • Making of Fireproof
    • Commentary from the K. Brothers
    • Fireproof Study Guide
    • Rescued Clips: Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers
    • Fun Features:
      • Fireproof in 60 Seconds
      • Firegoofs: Outtakes
      • Wayne on Wayne Mockumentary
      • Firehouse Pranks: On-Set Fun!
    • Ministry Tools
    Exclusive Collector's Edition Features:
    • Filming A Movie en 30 Days: Fireproof Video Blog
    • Wayne's Firehouse Commentary
    • Fun with Mr. Rudolph
    • Casting Crowns Music Video: "Slow Fade"
    • Safe Eyes
    DVD Features:
    • English, Spanish, Portuguese Language (Audio)
    • English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Arabic Subtitles
    • English Closed Captions (for the hearing impaired)
    • Widescreen

    I hope you enjoyed this list. Comment below with your favorites and what gifts you'll be getting this year for your favorite people.

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    The History of Christmas and the Miracle of Jesus' Birth

    Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The History of Christmas and The Miracle of Jesus' Birth

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    The History of Christmas and The Miracle of Jesus' Birth

    For unto us a child is born. -Isaiah 9:6

    Why do you celebrate Christmas? Is it to continue the tradition of Santa Clause or old Saint Nick? Is it to Celebrate Jesus' birth? Is it to spend time with family exchanging gifts?

    I celebrate Christmas to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior, Jesus!

    History of Christmas:

    According to whychristmas.com Christmas was first recorded and celebrated on Dec. 25th, 336. This was during the reign of Roman Emperor Constantine. It was officially declared that Jesus' birth would be celebrated on Dec. 25th by Pope Julius I.

    According to History.com "Pope Julius 1 decided Dec. 25 because it was commonly believed that the church chose this date in an effort to adopt and absorb the traditions of the pagan Saturnalia festival. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the custom spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century."

    On June 26, 1870, the US declared Christmas as a Federal holiday.

    So although Christ wasn't actually born on Dec. 25th that is when Christians in 336 decided to celebrate and it ended up spreading worldwide! People first celebrated the winter solstice. Some Russians and Greeks celebrate Three Kings Day which is 13 days after the 25th.

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    The Story of St. Nicholas:

    In the fourth century, Bishop St. Nicholas lived in Myra in Asia Minor. Asia Minor is now known as Turkey. He was left an inheritance by his parents making him a rich man. He had a reputation for being a kind man that helped the poor and gave gifts to the needy. This is where the stories of Ol Saint Nick started. There are many different stories of St. Nicholas and no one knows if any of them are true.


    The Story of Santa Clause:

    Santa Clause was developed by a Cartoonist named Thomas Nast in 1881. He created the first likeness of Santa to go with Moore's poem. He drew Santa as cheerful, with a white beard, big belly, and holding a sack full of toys for good kids.

    Different stories of Santa Clause have developed over the years including stories of Santa's naughty and nice list.



    The Story of Jesus' Birth

    "Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus." - Neil A. Maxwell.

    'This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" (which means "God with us"). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.' Matthew 1:18-25 NIV

    His name is JESUS!

    What a beautiful story of Jesus' birth! He chose a virgin to birth him to show people a true miracle. People didn't and still don't believe that Mary was a virgin, but the Bible clearly states that she was and because she was a virgin that is one reason why God chose her! Joseph and Mary got to experience one of the greatest miracles of Jesus first hand.

    'After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him, When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," They replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: " 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.' " then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. ' Matthew 2:1-12


    Do you see the miracle here? King Herod was disturbed at the news of Jesus being born and people worshiping him. He lied and told the Magi that he wanted to worship Jesus. The Magi was warned not to go back to King Herod. What would have happened if they went back to King Herod? The King would have forced them to tell him where Jesus was and he would have gone to kill him.

    The other miracle is Jesus' birth. Why was Jesus born? For the very purpose of dying for our sins. (John 3:16). God sent his son (to be born), to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life. The miracle wasn't just a temporary miracle, it was one that has lasted for thousands of years. The miracle
    just started when he was born. The miracle of his birth going into his death has got to be the longest lasting miracle anyone has encountered. Jesus is the best gift ever given!

    Joy to the world, the Lord has come!

    This story right here is why I celebrate Jesus' birth. He may not have been born on December 25th but we can certainly celebrate him then. He has given us the greatest miracle of all!

    "Maybe Christmas, "He thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!" - The Grinch

    Have yourself a Merry little Christmas.


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