Christmas Blog



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It is filled with great

Christmas videos,

prayers,

and

Christmas Thoughts




4 weeks

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Note that we also have:


Christmas Dinner Prayer and Special Christmas pages.


And a page for teens and children called:

Inspirational Teens and Children




If you feel sad at Christmas,

we minister to you on our 

December 14th

blog entry.




December 25


I pray that you would have a

Merry Christmas.




December 24


I will not forget...


Dear Lord,

I will not forget the reason for the season.

Even though I am busy decorating with bells and bows...

Even though I am shopping and baking and eating...

Even though I am giving presents and opening presents...

I will not forget

YOU.

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational – Prayers.com


 This is what I call a "Must-See" video.






Celebrating the Savior

And

Celebrating with those who praise Him in public.




Christmas 2014 Flash Mob

of

Love




December 23


O Come Let Us Adore Him


O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant

O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him born the King of angels;

O come let us adore Him;

O come let us adore Him;

O come let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.





Prayer based on the song:

"O Come all ye Faithful"


Dear Lord,

I come today to adore you.

You are my most precious Christmas gift.

Lord, I want to be even more faithful to You and Your Word -

this day and in this new year.

Guide me, Lord.

I will follow.

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational – Prayers.com


December 22


Ring Christmas Bells

Merrily Ring

Tell all the World

Jesus is King


Lord,

Teach me how to tell the world about you.



It is not just people

who don't know Jesus

that need your attention.


You can help your friends and family to take a break from the

hectic season and focus for a few moments on Jesus by

e-mailing them a link to a Christmas Youtube song or

sending them a little devotional about Christmas.

Consider reaching out with Christmas cheer today.


December


May we as Christians
give and receive
compassion as
brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Dear Lord,

I pray for those who face a difficult family situation at Christmas.

And I pray for those who face family members who are unkind.

Lord, I pray that you would give each one strength and comfort as they live through difficult holiday gatherings.

I ask for supernatural ability and overcoming grace to help them through unpleasant encounters.

Remind them that you are with them. Help them to visualize you right by their side.

In the powerful name of Jesus I pray,

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational - Prayers.com


December 20


When Jesus was born, he was

100% God

and

100% human.


This next video helps us to realize
what that means.


The first few moments we hear
"What Child is This."
Then the new Christmas song starts.




December 19


Christmas Joy


Dear Lord,

Christmas time is such a joyous time.

Help me to truly soak in the joy that is all around me - the excitement of children,
the happiness of carolers, the warmth of twinkling lights.

Remind me to value the precious moments that I spend with my loved ones.

The memories we make are priceless gifts you give me.

Thank you, Lord.

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational – Prayers.com


December 18


What Jesus wants for Christmas

is the salvation of those he loves.


Morning Prayer


Lord,

I pray that today

as people run to and fro

at work or play,

their attention is directed to the Christmas songs

playing in the background.


And I pray that those who live their life

far away from you

will ponder

with new interest

the message of the birth of the Savior.


I pray that this Christmas

lost sheep will recognize

the Good Shepherd

and begin to follow Him

and Him only.

Amen


Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational - Prayers.com



Consider sharing this prayer with your family

and praying it together.


December 17


Praise to the Lord my God

Ruler of the Universe.

You astonish me with your love.


How many kings, stepped down from their thrones?

How many lords have abandoned their homes?

How many greats have become the least for me?

How many gods have poured out their hearts

To romance a world that has torn all apart?

How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Only one did that for me.




December 16


Paul wrote:

Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God
for Israel is,
that they might be saved.

Romans 10:1 KJV


Paul wrote those words under divine inspiration of God.

Those words are in God's heart.


In a few days

starting on Christmas Eve

Hanukkah begins.

Would you join me in praying for the Jewish people?


To find out more about
Hanukkah
please visit our page called: Hanukkah



Dear Lord,

I pray that many Jewish people will find salvation as they enjoy Hanukkah this year.

Lord, your desire is that all Israel is saved.

I join with you in prayer for that desire.

Amen

Copyright © 2013 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Dear Lord,

I pray for the Jewish people during this Hanukkah season. 

I pray that their families would draw close to one another at this joyous time, and that each person would draw closer to you.

During this Festival of Lights, I pray that the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, would be revealed to each one as his or her Messiah.

During this year, may all the Jewish people have the opportunity to recognize and accept Jesus as their Messiah.

Amen

Copyright © 2013 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Lord,
I want to shine for you.


Dear Lord,

I thank you for the miracle of the Hanukkah menorah lights.

Lord, remind me today to shine out my light of love in this dark world.

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com



December 15


He came

He came to give.

But only the wise follow Him

and

receive from Him.





December 14

Sadness

Many people feel sad at Christmas.
Today I want to minister to them.

If this is not you -
will you pray for those who visit this site
who are sad this Christmas season?


If you ARE sad this Christmas season,

I have two short prayers below

and

an entire page dedicated to you called:

Prayer for Sadness at Christmas.


A Simple Prayer


Dear Lord,

Everything is wrapped in red.

But I feel blue.

Help me, Lord.

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


For some people,

Going Home for Christmas

means going back in time

to a Christmas long past.


Many people long to go back to a brighter Christmas -
one that was less complicated, more peaceful, or one that
was filled with loved ones who are missing this holiday season.


A Yesteryear Christmas Prayer

 

Dear Lord,

Take me home for Christmas.

Draw me to yesteryear.

Refresh the faded memories.

And let the past seem near.

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


We also have a page available called

Christmas Prayers for Soldiers.

It deals with the sadness of soldiers away from home at Christmas.



December 13


Anna and Simeon were among


the first ones to see baby Jesus.


Taking a closer look at the meaning of the Greek words in that story will give us
some new and
amazing insights into that Bible story!


I have given those insights on a previous
"Daily Inspiration" page.


Here are excerpts of that page:


So now that I had seen something special in the names of Anna and Simeon. I was really getting excited. So I looked to see if there were any other names mentioned in the story.

Verse 39 says, "And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser [or Asher]."

I looked up what the name "Phanuel" means. It means "the face of God."

Now that fits the story!

After Jesus was born, we see "the face of God."

Mark Lowry wrote a song about the majesty and wonder of Jesus coming to earth. The song is called "Mary, Did you Know?" In it, the lyrics have these words directed to Mary,

"Did you know that your baby boy
has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby,
you kissed the face of God!"


If you would like to read all of that Bible study,
please click here: Anna and Simeon



When Jesus was born,

there was no room

for Him at the inn.


But when you are born again,

There is more than room

enough in Him!


Copyright © 2013 Yolanda Kelly



December 12


The following is a Christmas devotion
that captures the sights, sounds, and emotions
of the first Christmas.


First:

Mary the Mother of Jesus

Let’s begin by thinking about Mary and the journey she took.

Here was a young woman who was about 9 months pregnant when she and Joseph set off toward Bethlehem.

This young woman was great with child, and yet she was faced with being put on a donkey and riding for days.


Those who have been 9 months pregnant

would cringe at the thought of such a journey.


Bouncing to Bethlehem

Mary spent mile after mile on a donkey - being tossed up and down and back and forth. This uncomfortable ride was endured every moment from her hometown of Nazareth to Bethlehem.


Female Support


Every woman who is ready to deliver seeks female support.

Imagine the emotions of this young first-time mother-to-be. Each step the donkey took brought her farther and farther away from her mother, her aunts, her sisters, and all the other familiar women of her village.

Mary realized that she was going to have to give birth in a far-off town not knowing if there would be any women available to help her. The only help she could depend on was a man - who she had no intimate history with. A man who she had just begun her life with.

Yet Mary lived out her commitment to the Lord by following her husband to this far-off town. She bravely made the difficult trip and quickly got settled in a stable - a cold, smelly stable.

(Certainly not what she imagined for a birthing room.)


To read the rest of the devotion click: Christmas Devotion


December 11


This Christmas,

are you still amazed?



Dear Lord,
I love you so much.
This Christmas,
I will proclaim to the world
that you amaze me. 

I will proclaim your amazing grace and love.
Signed,
Beth


If you are amazed, will you join me and
find a way to share your amazement?


Perhaps just a few simple words to someone -
Maybe to your Sunday school class,
to your neighbor, to your son or daughter


December 10


Christmas songs are playing everywhere.

Lord, may their message
draw a hurting world closer to you this Christmas.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the message of Christmas.

Thank you for entering the world through a lowly stable.  Thank you for the teaching and for the healing that you brought to the world.  Thank you for the love that you shared as you walked this earth.

And thank you that during this time of year, the Good News is actually heard and explained through Christmas songs.

I can hear songs about your birth as I shop at the grocery store,
at the department store, and at the pharmacy.

Lord, I ask that this year,
you would use Christmas songs to capture the attention
of those who don’t know  you. 
I pray that through listening to the songs,
they would begin to open their heart to you.

May this be a Christmas where multitudes of people follow the Christmas star and find the Savior of the world.

God, I am asking you to change hearts and
change the world this Christmas.

Amen

Copyright © 2014 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


Please consider visiting our

Prayer for the Nations


December 9


Dear Lord,

We come before you to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We celebrate the miracle of God coming as a baby - coming to live among us, coming to love us, and coming to show us the way to eternal life.

During this Christmas season, help us to experience the story of the birth of Christ as though it were the first time we ever heard it. Bring to our thoughts a sense of wonder and awe at what took place two thousand years ago.

Allow us to watch, as wise men who daily commanded great respect, humbly traveled to a stable and knelt with gifts in hand before a baby who was Christ the King. Let our imagination hear the rustling animals and see the young couple who lovingly take turns holding our promise in their arms.

Help us to remember to live our life proclaiming the loving message of that night in our words and most importantly in our actions.

We magnify your holy name this day.

Amen

Copyright © 2004 Beth McLendon of Inspirational - Prayers.com


The above prayer is taken from our Christmas Prayers page.


December 8


Happy Birthday to Jesus

The following is a powerful video that left me

misty-eyed, inspired, and motivated!




December 7


My Christmas Prayer





December 6


Hope was born in a humble stable.




December 5


Everything I need is wrapped up in Jesus.

Everything I need was wrapped up in a manger.


Away in a Manger




December 4


Christmas is full of warm inspiration.




December 3


There is no better time than Christmas

to accept and rejoice in God's love for YOU.


Tis the Season

Tis the Season to feel God's love.

One of my goals is to help people feel God's love. I want to help people receive God's love and acceptance in a greater way than they have felt before.

I have posted a teaching about: God wants us to feel like his sons and daughters but too many people feel like orphans.

It is an awesome teaching that will draw you closer to God if  you will take the time to read it.

Click: God's promise of Love

Here is a prayer I wrote for that teaching - please adapt the prayer if you are a female.


Loving Lord,

Thank you for your love and acceptance. Thank you for telling me the truth about my sonship with you. Thank you for helping me understand that I belong.

Thank you for helping me understand that I have an inheritance.

I ask that you would heal my mind and my heart from insecurity, abandonment, rejection, and fatherlessness.

God, please help me to have the heart of a son.

Please help me to be open to understanding the areas in my life that are wounded.

Please heal those areas and make me whole.

Please help me to forgive everyone who misrepresented your love to me.

Please forgive me for ways that I have misrepresented your love to others.

Lord, I want to receive your love in abundance and to the fullest. I want to learn to receive your love more fully, and I want to learn to give it away to others.

Amen

Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon of Inspirational-Prayers.com


December 2


Today I highlight the song "We Three Kings."


The kings followed the light of the Bethlehem star

to find

The Light of the World - Jesus


The lyrics include:

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice.
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Earth to heav'n replies.



King and GOD and Sacrifice -

This song proclaims the deity of Jesus.

What a great message to proclaim!

If you would like help explaining to your children or teens

that Jesus was God, click here:

Understanding the Trinity (scroll to the bottom of that page)




I loved to sing that song as a little girl.

There is such a feeling of royal pomp and circumstance in that song.


One day in heaven

the bride of Christ will experience

magnificent pomp and circumstance

dedicated to the King of Kings.


Recently I have pondered the great pomp and circumstance that we will experience as the bride of Christ during the great Lamb's Supper Feast feastivities - I mean festivities!

No earthly king will ever have such an amazing ceremony as our King of Kings will have.



O Star of wonder, Star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light


The Perfect Light



O Holy Night



It was a Holy Night
because the Holy Lord was born.


December 1


We are starting the season


by celebrating the birth of Jesus.


The name Jesus brings us warm thoughts

and peaceful feelings.


This devotion is also posted as Matthew 6.


The Bible gives us many names for Jesus.

For example, he is called the Bread of Life, the Door, and the Good Shepherd.


The Bread of Life

Jesus is called The Bread of Life because people at the time of Christ ate bread virtually every day. This name helped people to realize that Jesus is essential to every day of our life.

The Door

Jesus is called The Door because people understand that a door is the entrance into a place. This name helps us understand that the entrance to heaven is entered through faith and acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord of our life. Without him there is no entrance into heaven.

The Good Shepherd

Jesus is called The Good Shepherd. This name helps people to realize that Jesus loves us like a good shepherd loves his sheep.

All these names are poetic ways of speaking about Jesus while teaching us something.

When we read that Jesus is The Bread of Life, we realize that Jesus isn't literally bread. Yet some of the names of Jesus are literal.


Jesus also has names that aren't just symbolic and poetic.

Some of his names are literal.


Think about water.


We understand that water IS H2O. 

Water = H2O. 


It isn't that water is similar to H2O. Water literally is H2O.

Water actually is 2 atoms of Hydrogen and 1 atom of Oxygen.


One of the names of Jesus is TRUTH


Just like water literally is H2O -

Jesus literally is Truth.


Just like water is H2O -

Jesus IS Truth.

Jesus = Truth.


Also


Just like water is H2O -

Jesus IS Holy.

Jesus = Holy.



The Bible teaches us that we are to LOVE Jesus.


The fact is: Jesus loves us.

The question is: Do we love Jesus?


If we LOVE Jesus, then we LOVE truth.

AND

If we LOVE Jesus, then we LOVE holiness.



No one can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.

Matthew 6:24a NKJV


If truth is your master,

then you will not lie.

When someone lies, they are in total opposition to truth.


Many people choose to lie when it seems convenient or when it seems necessary.  In doing so, they choose to be in opposition to truth.


If a person deeply LOVES Jesus,

they LOVE truth, and they will not lie.


Therefore a person who deeply LOVES Jesus will not lie.


If a person deeply LOVES Jesus, they LOVE holiness.

Therefore a person who deeply LOVES Jesus
will not live an unholy lifestyle.*


*For example, a person will not live with someone out of wedlock.

I need to seriously look at my life...

If I LOVE Jesus, I will be actively learning to hate sin.

1 John 3:9 says, "The person who has been born into God's family does not make a practice of sinning, because now God's life is in him, so he can't keep on sinning."


Either Jesus

or sin

will sit on the throne of my life.


I will love one and hate the other.


Jesus taught us:

No one can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.

Matthew 6:24a NKJV


 Jesus is the master that we urged to love
in Matthew 6:24.


I am either growing in my LOVE for Jesus
and in my hate for sin

Or

I am growing in my LOVE for sin
and my hate for Jesus.


That is a hard thing to hear but that is what Jesus taught us.


Matthew 6:24 tells us:

You cannot serve two masters -
you will love one and hate the other.
Matthew 6:24


Matthew 6:24 shows us

that we can not follow sin and Jesus at the same time.

We WILL love one and hate the other.


Jesus taught many hard things. In John chapter 6 at the end of the chapter, it tells us of a time when everybody left
because Jesus taught a hard teaching.


Jesus teaches us in Luke 9:23-24

that if we want to follow him,

we must be willing to give up things

that God tells us to give up. 


We must try to conform fully

to his example

and his ways.

And He [Jesus] said to all,
If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be,
in dying also].

For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it
[from the penalty of eternal death].

Luke 9:23-24 AMP



Many in the church have forgotten to teach the important messages of Jesus.

For example:

Jesus said the way to heaven is narrow.

Matthew 7:14


I pray this entry inspired and challenged each reader to always be determined to stay close to God and obey God as best you can.

I pray there are some Sunday school teachers that read this message and decide to give this message to their class.


We need the message that God loves us.

And we need the message that we must love God.






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