Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as they share with you creative and practical ways you can keep Christ in the middle of all of your celebrations.
Our prayer is that you will come to know Him, worship Him, enjoy Him, celebrate Him, and share Him with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. People all around us need to know the love of Jesus.
May we all be bright “lights” this year – sharing hope to those who need it most!
With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it can be challenging to maintain a practical focus on the birth of Christ.
Amid the parties, shopping, wrapping, baking, and fun activities, Christ can fade into the background if we aren’t intentional about worship during the Christmas season.
A Gift of Prayer
Some of the best gifts cannot be wrapped.
Intangible treasures of heart, the greatest gifts last for eternity. In the frenzy of shopping and wrapping, simple stands in stark contrast to the bright and glittery this Christmas.
Why not give your family a gift that comes packaged in the power of God rather than ribbons and bows?
Family traditions add to the joy of Christmas. Giving the gift of prayer has become a special part of our family celebration.Each year, I give each person the gift of a verse of scripture from the Christmas story. Click To Tweet
With this gift comes a prayer echoed throughout the years.
I prayerfully read the accounts and prophecy about the birth of Christ. Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and John are often the books that I will find my Christmas treasures.
Once I choose a gift and short prayer for each person, I write the verse and prayer on a blank index card. I fold the card in half, making a name card that I place on the table for Christmas dinner.
Some years I decorate the card a little, but most of the time I just keep it simple.
During our festive meal on Christmas day, each person shares the verse with the family. This is a simple thing, but over the years, it has become very meaningful to our family.
A Gift that Keeps on Giving
In the margin of my Bible, I always write __________’s Christmas Verse and the year beside each verse.
Through the years, as I come across a Christmas verse, I stop and pray that verse for each person.Anytime we pray for someone, we give the gift of our heart, whether they are aware of our prayer or not. Click To Tweet
Some verses I have prayed many years.
The last thing that I often do with the verses is I slip them into a little photo album. In this book, I keep slips of paper where I have written verses and prayers for my children through the years. Through the years I have added many prayers and verses as the children have grown.
This is a simple and practical way to give an eternal gift. It’s also a non-threatening way to talk about Christ with family members and guests who may not be familiar with specific scriptures.
Choose, prepare, and pray verses for your family. Write them on Christmas cards, tuck them into stockings, make them into gift tags, or make them into place cards for Christmas dinner.
May your Christmas be filled with worship and special family experiences this year.
Thanks, Ginger, for reminding us of the importance of prayer at Christmas time. I love the idea of giving each person a verse each year. And, to pray scripture for friends and family is such a great gift. We really appreciate you and your message today. Thanks for sharing your ministry and your heart with us!
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