9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15: 9-11 (ESV)
Jesus said, “Abide in my love.” Remain, exist, stay, continue, live, and survive are a few synonyms for the word abide. All the words encourage us to exist in Jesus’s love just as He has followed God the Father’s instructions and remained in His love. How do we abide in Jesus’s love? By keeping His commandments and by discovering our potential by following His path for us. His love and path lead to a blessed life full of joy.
This Advent season, where will you find joy?
Prayer: Teach us dear, Lord, to abide in You, to follow You, and accept your unconditional love. Like the three Camellia blossoms are gathered together, we thank you for the threefold love of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for us. Lord, we praise you for you are a benevolent loving Father who guides us along a path to love, peace, and joy. Amen.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God
Psalm 90:1-2 (NIV)
What a wonderful feeling to know that God is everlasting, and He rules from eternity to eternity. He is our protector during life’s storms and offers us His unconditional love. He guides us along our path and forgives us of our sins. Plus, His gift to believers is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 6:23). We are blessed!
Where can you share God’s everlasting goodness today?
Prayer: Lord, we praise you for your everlasting goodness, forgiveness, and unconditional love through the ages. Dahlias bright, beautiful blooms, bring joy to our days like your everlasting love brings joy, hope, and peace to our lives. We are blessed to have an everlasting caring, God, who has been our shield and dwelling place for generations. In the holy name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Calibrachoa “million bells” and Petunias brighten a summer day
11 The Lord God is like the sun that gives us light. He is like a shield that keeps us safe. The Lord blesses us with favor and honor. He doesn’t hold back anything good from those whose lives are without blame.
Psalm 84:11 (NIRV)
God is like a shield He keeps us safe. He honors us and blesses us with His favor. He is Our Father He loves us with unconditional love, and He takes care of us. We just need to believe in God and have faith. To reject evil and do good. It is the deal of a lifetime for it leads to His kingdom. We are blessed!
Have you embraced God’s shield of faith?
Prayer: Our Lord, our light, our salvation, our shield from worldly problems, we give you thanks. We rejoice and raise joyful praise to You like the joyfully colored “million bells” and petunias reflect the sun. God, we are blessed by your favor, care, and shield of protection. Teach us to live righteously. In Jesus’ name. Amen
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Proverbs 4:18 (NIV)
While following your path, do you reflect enough light so that others see you shine? Take time to review your day, do a check, see if your righteousness is showing. Christmas season is a wonderful time to brighten someone’s day, be kind, helpful, in sharing God’s love. As you walk your path, today try to shine ever brighter until you glow, like a Son lit day.
Would a stranger recognize you as a Christian by your actions?
Prayer: Our gracious God, we thank you for Your forgiveness and blessings. Teach us to glow in righteousness as the cherry blossoms glow in the sun. As the lovely pink cherry blossoms brighten Sping days, let us reflect God’s light and shine brightly. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
7 Because you have helped me, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I hold on to you tightly. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me.
Psalm 63:7-8 (NIVR)
7 because you have always been my help. In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.8 I cling to you, and your hand keeps me safe.
Psalm 63:7-8 (GNT)
Safety, security, comfort, and care are found nestled under the shadow of God’s wing. Happiness abounds, and we cling tightly, singing with joy for we are God’s people. God takes care of us. We are safe in His powerful hands and surrounded by His unconditional love. Jesus is our help in times of need and our hope for days to come. Our salvation.
When have you received God’s help and care?
Prayer: Our heavenly Father, we thank you for your help and your guidance. Lord, we praise You for Your care of us. Like the bright blossoms of the aster, we lift our faces toward you. We sing with joy because you love us and take care of us. Let us reflect your glory like the flower petals reflect sunlight. Teach us to rest in your safety Lord, and spread Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Psalm 29:11 NIV
This verse speaks of qualities many are searching for. Strength to continue through the next hour, day, week, or year. Often we rely on our capabilities instead of asking God for strength. Asking God for His strength and assistance leads to peace. As Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you (John 14:17a).” If you need strength or peace, ask Jesus.
Where do you find peace during the holidays?
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your many blessing teach us to go to You for strength. Your sunshine and rain bring blossoms to plants. Teach us, in turn, to rely on You, so our peace grows and blooms. Like the tranquil beauty of the white vinca flowers, help us to be serene in Your unconditional love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
Psalm 107:8 (NIV)
Autumn is a wonderful time to be thankful. The fruits and flowers of summer are on bright display. The trees put on a colorful symphony, highlighting the beauty of God’s abundant nature. We are truly blessed! Take time today and every day to praise and thank the Lord for his unfailing love and wonderful deeds.
Where do you see God’s beauty?
Maple – Crabapple – Dogwood
Prayer: Our Father, how great is your bounty to us. Thank you for your compassion, grace, and unconditional love. Our Lord, how great You are! When we call your name you listen, when we ask You forgive us, and when we believe, You save us. Abba Father, we praise and love You. We thank you for all the amazing things you have done. Amen
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
*A special thank you to Dawn at Drawing Closer to Christ for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger award. Her blog is great, and her posts are thoughtful, loving, and encouraging.
1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.
Hebrews 11:1-2The Message (MSG)
Faith, to me, is personal a relationship with God. I think I’ve always had faith, but at times my faith was immature. It was more about what I wanted than trusting God. During my early years, I didn’t feel God’s love for me even though it was there. As I have grown and matured in faith, I now feel surrounded in God’s love. My faith has changed me from being needy and feeling alone, to basking in God’s love and wanting to share it. To me, faith is trusting in God, our firm foundation, our hope for things to come. Faith does make life worth living.
How firm is your foundation in faith?
Prayer: Dear Lord, teach us to put our faith in You. Help us to faithfully build our foundation on You and Your word. The beautiful colors of the “heavenly blue morning glory” look like the sun radiating out into the clouds and sky. Teach us in faith to reflect the radiating love and compassion of Jesus Son of God. Thank you for making our lives worth living. We praise you. Amen
3Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:3-4
David, the psalmist wrote, “I sought the Lord and he answered me.” Our first step is to reach out to God in prayer. God loves us and wants a relationship with us. Praying opens our communication with God. Prayer is an opportunity to give God our worries and fears. In turn, He delivers us, from our fears, and grants us peace. Let us praise and glorify our benevolent, loving God.
What fear can God help you with?
Prayer: Dear Lord, we glorify and praise you. We thank you for your forgiveness and grace. Like the bright rose petals, open and reaching toward the sun, teach us to open our hearts to You and our neighbors. Help us to shine brightly with Your light. In the name of Your son, Jesus Christ. Amen
8 for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light— 9 for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth— 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:8-10 (NET Bible)
Now we are light in the Lord, no longer part of darkness, we are children of the light. We need to focus our light and shine it in goodness, righteousness, and truth. Walk as a child of light, let your light glow and let it shine to illuminate the darkness. Spread God’s love and be a beacon of hope to all those around you.
In what way are you being God’s light and illuminating the darkness?
Prayer: Lord, we thank you for bringing light into our world. Teach us to glow with Your light, like the mums and vinca glow in the sunshine. As children of light, help us to join together and present a glorious landscape full of goodness, righteousness, and truth. Our Father, thank you for enlightening us and showing us our path. In the loving name of Jesus. Amen