Give & Receive

There are plenty of sayings about being a joyful giver and how it’s better to give than to receive, but can we chat a bit about receiving?  Specifically receiving the Lord’s love and truth and grace and correction and freedom.  

In this season, we may feel like we’re giving and giving and giving.  So it is so important we are looking to receive and receive and receive from Him, not anyone else.  

How do you best receive from the Lord?  When do you feel Him near?  How do you experience His love?  Do you have a cozy spot in your home where you feel the most peace?  Or do you feel closest to Him outdoors?

Find your resting place and receive. Read these scriptures as well and soak it all in!

Eat Veggies & Protein

Veggies and proteins help you stabilize your blood sugar and thus energy and mood.  Just add some throughout your day during meals or as a snack.  

They don’t have to be fancy.  Red peppers and hummus. Mixed nuts.  Protein bars.  Smoothies.  Pasta sauce or soups filled with veggies.

Just keep the veggies and protein steady as your schedule and social gatherings ebb and flow!  And keep the referenced scriptures on your mind as well!

Engage Your Core – Read Your Bible

Would you like to really live, body and soul? Would you like to burst with health?

Proverbs 4 describes the value of truth and staying engaged in the Word of God to all aspects of life.  The first piece of the armor of God is the belt of truth.  Because your stability, health, strength, and power hinges on the engagement of your core.  

While we physically move our bodies throughout the season, keep your physical core active and engaged.  But even more importantly, read your Bible and remain engaged in His Word for ultimate health and life!

Travel with a Routine

When traveling, it’s so tempting to take a break from maintaining your normal routine and making healthy choices.  And while we do highly recommending taking advantage of quality time with those you love and savoring this sweet season, plan ahead of time and pack your essentials to keep your body full of the things it needs to love well!

This might include vitamins, digestive supplements, bottled water, protein packed snacks, skin and lip care products, sleeping staples like your pillow, etc. 

Savor the season but don’t slack on your health!  You want to enjoy it all!

Keep Your Lips Happy

Whether it’s smiling, talking, sipping, or kissing, your lips get a lot of action this holiday season!  But with the change in weather, they can take a beating too!

Go ahead and stock up on your favorite lip products to keep those beauties happy.  Lip oil, lip moisturizer, lip balm, whatever . . . have some near.  And if you’re like me, most lipstick dries my puckers out!  So keep that in mind as you shop and socialize – natural, Spirit-filled lips are the most beautiful! 

Lips carry a lot of power and can easily influence a mood.  Read the scriptures for more details. Let’s keep them happy!

Stay Connected to the Vine

We are the branches, and He is the Vine.  As branches, we remain close to Christ and allow Him to produce the fruit.  It’s so easy to shift into self-sufficient mode during this crazy time of year.  Don’t fall into that trap, which will only leave you depleted and discouraged.

Stay connected to the Vine and love from that overflow.  The order of the fruit of the Spirit is intentional . . . start with His love, then seek His joy, pursue His peace.  All of which are beyond human understanding.  So let the Lord do the producing, and as a result, we will flourish!  And flourish in freedom and faith! 

As we celebrate the harvest of Thanksgiving this week, let’s give glory to the true Gardener and Vine. But don’t take my word for it . . . check out these verses listed in the image.

Join our YouVersion Reading Plan this week for more – Wisdom from the Vineyard from Beth Moore.

Celebrate through Gratitude

Grateful, thankful, and blessed, right?!  You’ve seen this sweet phrase before.  And while it’s cheesy, there is truth in it.  What if our prayer was to celebrate this holiday season through a heart of gratitude? 

That may look like focusing on the positives of each family member and expressing such qualities.

That may look like listing off things we’re grateful for as a family and truly celebrating, rather than stating, each.

That may look like playing worship music on your phone while you go up and down the aisles at Target, walking with a hop in your step.

That may look like taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Thank you, Jesus’ several times a day. 

That may look like working out with a heart of praise that your body can move. 

That may be telling your spouse thank you for big and little things and celebrating marriage in the bedroom. 

That may be sharing a smile on your face as you choose to focus on the blessings around you.

What other ways can you celebrate THROUGH gratitude?

Let’s not just give thanks and say thanks, let’s celebrate through gratitude! Read these verses for more . . .

Your Kingdom Come . . .

Can life can be found outside of the Creator?

We all want lasting rest and sturdy peace of heart. We want to be able to quit searching and have hearts that are satisfied. But we forget that REAL rest of heart is never found on the other side of the Creator’s boundaries. Peace and rest are always found when we give our hearts in submission to the Savior. Rest is found in these words:

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10

We say to God: “May your kingdom come in all that I think, desire, and say. May your kingdom come in my marriage and in my family. May your kingdom come in my work. May your kingdom come in my leisure. May your kingdom so rule my heart that stepping over your boundaries would no longer be attractive to me.”

“Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for? “If any of you are embarrassed over me and the way I’m leading you when you get around your fickle and unfocused friends, know that you’ll be an even greater embarrassment to the Son of Man when he arrives in all the splendor of God, his Father, with an army of the holy angels.””

Mark 8:34-28 MSG

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

Galatians 1:10 NLT

Now take a few moments to be still, breath, and pray this out loud to our God, our Father, our King . . .

“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!

I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.

I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

To you the night shines as bright as day.

Darkness and light are the same to you.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.

They cannot be numbered!

I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up, you are still with me!”

Psalms‬ ‭139‬:‭1‬-‭18‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Say ‘No’

As this holiday season begins, give yourself permission to say ‘no’.  Maybe it’s ‘not this year’ or ‘not this night’ or ‘nope, not at all’.  As you remain in the Spirit, take all the invitations and opportunities into His consideration. 

There can be ‘too much of a good thing’ when it comes to activities.  When we’re overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overtired, our health and wellness suffer as well as our closest relationships. Let’s slow down and savor this season. And the Reason for it!

Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus . . . everything else will fall into place. 

With Jesus, there is no FOMO. But don’t miss out on the scriptures listed below – look them up while you take a rest!