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All I Want For Christmas Is...Love

We all know the Christmas story, but what is the real point of it? The Christmas Story proves to us something amazing that we often overlook, that the God of the universe loves us.

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TUESDAY: Merry Christmas! Enjoy the proof of love that is Christmas with your family and friends. 

WEDNESDAY: Read 1 John 4. How does the love John talked about relate to the Christmas story?

THURSDAY: Sacrifice is the proof of love. How can you sacrifice today to show love? How does it feel when you sacrifice for someone, especially someone that doesn't deserve it?

FRIDAY: A lot of us naturally try to be a good person in order to earn God's love, but our goodness is no match to the requirement of perfect. Right down all of the ways that you try to be good, whether it is by being kind, generous, loving, etc. Right down as many at you can think of. When you are finished, rip it up to remind yourself that it is not about your good deeds, but about His goodness and love. 

All I Want For Christmas Is...Joy

Christmas time can seem like a time where everyone is happy. But sometimes in the midst of all the Christmas lights and music, we don’t feel happy. But does God want us to be happy, or does He want us to be something better?

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Monday: Read Luke 1-2. How does the Christmas story show the need for joy? 

Tuesday:
 What are the differences between happiness and joy? Do you live a life pursuing happiness or joy?

Wednesday: Joy is only found in God. Take some time to pray for joy, even when your circumstances are difficult. 

Thursday: Joy is contagious. Be intentional about having joy today, whether at work, home, or school. At the end of the day, write down how hard it was and how it felt. 

Friday: What robs you of your joy? Anxiety? Resentment? Boredom? Confusion? What can you do to prevent these things from robbing your joy from you?

All I Want For Christmas Is...Hope

Some of us put our hope in something that doesn’t sustain us. Because of that, we are having trouble coping. When we can’t cope with our current circumstances, we can rely on the hope found in Jesus. The story of Simeon and Anna demonstrates that there is always hope.

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Monday: Read Luke 2:25-38. How does the story of Simeon and Ana show us real hope?

Tuesday: What have you hoped for that eventually came true? How long did you hope for it? How hard was it to wait for it?

Wednesday: The proof of hope is patience, but being patient can be very hard. Take some time to pray for patience today. 

Thursday: What are you hoping for in life? Write down your biggest hopes. Are these your wishes or God's promises in your life?

Friday: When do you find yourself being the most impatient? Those are times that God is trying to grow your patience. Determine what areas it is hard to be patient and find ways to remind yourself that God is growing you in those times. 

All I Want For Christmas Is... Another Chance

Many of us have regrets and mistakes in life. When we have regrets, we normally stop expecting, believing, or trusting that anything good can come. None of us can have a do-over, but we all can have another chance.

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Monday: Read Luke 1. Why did Zechariah react to the Gabriel's news the way he did? How would you react?

Tuesday: It is easy for us to stop expecting, believing, or trusting when life feels like it is falling apart. What ways have you found yourself behaving this way during difficult times?

Wednesday: Too many of us push God away, then question where God is when we need Him. Take some time to pray to God and ask Him to give you the strength to not push Him away. 

Thursday: Too many of us never stop talking to hear from God. Today, take at least 10 minutes and just be silent. Ask God to speak to you. 

Friday: Since God always gives you another chance, we should give others another chance. Who in your life needs another chance? How can you give it to them?