Merry Christmas

Thursday
Hannah Alford
Luke 2:13-14
The Christmas season is not just the presents, Christmas trees, or Santa; it’s a time for us to remember all God’s glory that he brought to the world when Jesus was born. It is a reminder of how something so small, has the potential for great and wonderful things. So take time out of this Christmas season, and think about all the blessings you have and really try to see God’s glory around you every day. How have your friends supported you over this past semester? How have your teachers helped you grow? Where do you find an abundance of love and acceptance? God’s glory may not be as obvious as a host of angels singing praise in blinding light (although that would awesome if it was) but it’s there and sometimes it just takes a few minutes out of your day in quiet prayer and meditation to begin to see it or even just taking a brisk walk can help! This is truly the most wonderful time of the year so breathe in the cold air and appreciate it!
 
Hey God,
Thank you so much for this beautiful campus that we go to. Thank you for our relationships that you help foster and thank you for the impact you’ve made in our lives. Help us to see your glory through our everyday life and to not get wrapped up in the stress of Christmas season. In Your precious and holy name, I pray,
AMEN

Da Vinci was born on a Thursday (Told you it wasn’t much they had in common 🙂

Fully Known

Tuesday
1 Corinthians 13:12


Fully known. How many people fully know you? You can probably count them on one hand. How powerful is it to be around someone who knows all of you and still loves all of you? If you’ve never experienced that, let me tell you, it is incredible. They call you out when you’re being dumb, and they’re not afraid to be completely truthful with you. God knows all of us. He knows our flaws, our fears, the things that keep us awake at night. Where we struggle and where we shine. And He will never forsake us. He loves all of us. The darkest and brightest, the things everybody knows, and the stuff few have ever seen. And He never gives us up. Is there stuff you try to fix up, to clean up, to work on alone? Stop trying to hide from God. He knows it all already, and wants to take it away from you. He wants to carry your burdens for you, in fact He already is. So stop trying to hold on. Let go. Give it to Him, and go run into His glory and grace.

Go give Known by Tauren Wells a listen to add to your devotional time

Lord,
You know me. Yet You still love me. Help me to stop trying to avoid telling you things and asking for help. You already know what is going on in my head and my heart. Give me the strength to let go and lean into You always and forever.
Amen

The Peace that Passes Understanding

Monday
Philippians 4:4-7


This verse is really powerful for me, especially the last part about the peace that transcends understanding. God’s peace is too much for us. We cannot possibly understand the depth of His grace, love and the peace He gives us. How amazing is that? Definitely something to rejoice about! God wants to take our fears, our worries and our requests away from us and leave us with peace. Let Him. As life starts to speed up with finals and Christmas on the horizon, look to this verse to step back. Use it as a meditation, taking one verse at a time and really leaning into what that means for you. Keep it in the back of your mind throughout the day, and use it to guide your prayers today.

Lord,
You are greater than I can even understand. Today, guide my thoughts as I take a deep breath and step back so I can step into Your love. Help me give You my pain, my stress, my worries, everything Lord. Allow me to rejoice in Your peace and power.
Amen

Christ at the Center

Colossians 3:12-17


As you’re preparing to either be really excited or incredibly stressed between 2:30 and 6:30 today, take a moment to center yourself this morning. Spend some time looking over these verses. Think about your thoughts and actions. Do people know you’re a Christian by your actions? Does the love of God show through you? Is everything you do done with Christ at the center? Think and pray over this and open your heart to hear what God is leading you towards.

Check out Jesus at the Center by Israel and the New Breed for some background music to your devotional time

Lord,
Dwell in me. Let my actions lead others to you. Help me to have gratitude in my heart. Be with me this day and always as I seek to put you at the center of it all.
Amen

Servant-Hearted Love

Wednesday
John Austin Higginbotham
John 13:14
 
The call to servanthood is one of the most important of all things that God calls us to do. Servanthood goes far beyond simply loving your neighbor. It is much harder todo. We are called to serve not only those whom it is easy to serve, but also those whom it is harder to serve; those we do not easily get along with, those that are harder to love. We do this because this is truly living out the gospel of Christ. For Christ so loved us, he, the greatest of all of man, got down on his hands and knees and washed the disciples’, and by extension our own, feet. It goes far beyond a simple hygienic practice. Rather, it is an exemplary act of love. Therefore, if we say that we truly love Christ, then we must not only be willing to wash other’s feet, but joyfully seek out the opportunity to do so. My prayer is that we might not only ask God to help us let go of our pride and ego in order to be last and put others first, but that He would open our eyes, ears, and hearts to the opportunities around us to put faith into practice. May we all have the opportunities this week, and stories to share as well. 

Gratitude

Thursday
Ruth Hallstead
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


You might have an easy Thanksgiving ahead of you, filled with homemade food, love and laughter, surrounded by family. Maybe you have a tough day ahead of you filled with tense relationships, changing family roles or some other family drama. Or perhaps you weren’t able to go home and you’re feeling a bit lonely, or missing a tradition. Whatever today brings, I think this is an important verse to be keeping in mind. Whatever you’re facing, give thanks. Maybe you’re worried about that one relative who always asks you uncomfortable questions. Embrace it. Perhaps you’ve spent the last few weekspraying for patience, and now are unsure you started praying early enough. Lean into those who test your patience. Maybe you are beyond excited to see family; rejoice in that! The circumstances you’re in, the people you’re around or not around; let the Lord guide you and thank Him for it!

Lord,
Give me patience today. Allow me to see Your goodness and mercy around me, and help me to look to You with gratitude. Thank you for (insert specific tough or awesome thing coming up–maybe one of each!). Let me shine Your light to those around me on this day focused on thankfulness. Lord You are good and for that I give thanks. Let me see Your glory today in everything.
Amen