Welcome to the "12 Days of Christmas Hope: Unwrapping the True Gifts and Meaning of the Season

Beyond the mess of all the glitter and tinsel lies a beautiful tapestry of promises.

The goal here is to redirect our focus and rediscover the heart of the season. We are intentionally taking the time to carve out a sacred space.

Each day, we'll unwrap the gifts giving hope to our souls.

Ready to center your heart and find renewed joy?

Let's unwrap the true gifts of Christmas!

Presence

Day 1 is a promise about His constant PRESENCE.

...And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:20b NLT

Today, embrace every challenge with confidence, knowing that the Almighty is by your side. Take a bold step in your business, leadership, or ministry, trusting in His unwavering presence.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Guidance

Day 2 is about His loving GUIDANCE for your journey.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 

Seek God's guidance in your decisions today. Take a moment to listen to that still, small voice. Trust His leading, and watch your path unfold with purpose and clarity.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
 Proverbs 3:5-6

Confidence

Day 3 is about a CONFIDENCE for a hope-filled future.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Today, commit your dreams and plans to the Lord. Take intentional steps toward your goals, trusting that He is orchestrating things to show YOU as His beautiful masterpiece.

Your have been promised a future is bright and full of hope!

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.  Proverbs 16:3

Joy

Day 4 is about JOY. The promise to have it, keep it and live it!

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you
the desires of your heart.
 Psalm 37:4

Find joy in the journey today. Celebrate the small victories, and let your heart be filled with gratitude. As you delight in Him, watch your desires align with His purpose for you.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Strength

Day 5 is all about STRENGTH for every challenge.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Today, recognize that you are strong not in your might alone, but because Christ's strength resides in you. Face today's challenges with confidence, knowing that the One who strengthens you is greater than any obstacle. Embrace the day empowered! And remember Day 1? God's PRESENCE!

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and
guard you against the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3

Provision

Day 6 is about God's PROVISION.

He's the Pro when it comes to what He enVISIONs for you!

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

Prioritize seeking God's kingdom in everything you do. Trust that as you align with His will, He'll take care of the rest.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches
in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Overflow

Day 7 is about God's abundance and how His overflowing care spills out of you!

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

Surrender your worries to the Shepherd today. Trust that He will provide for every need. Walk in confidence, knowing that lack has no place in the presence of the abundance of love He has for you!

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

Renewal

Day 8 is about the wait and the reward for doing it patiently!

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles.
Isaiah 40:31

Embrace the power of patience. In the waiting, your strength is renewed, and you soar to new heights. Trust the process, for God's timing is always right on time!

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart
take courage; wait for the Lord!
Psalm 27:14

 

Assurance

Day 9 is knowing that God really, really, loves you no matter what. You may be in a mess, but you are not the mess.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.
Romans 8:37

Trust that every circumstance is working for your good. Nothing can separate you from His love. Walk confidently, knowing that you are held in His unshakeable grace.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Faith

Day 10 is about having a fearlessness that highlights just how big the God is you serve.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them,
for it is the Lord your God who goes with you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

Face your fears head-on, for you are not alone. Hold onto His hand and step forward boldly. In His strength, there is no room for fear.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
Psalm 28:7

Perseverance

Day 11 is God's promise for a bountiful harvest – if we don't give up!

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season
we will reap, if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

Persevere in your journey. Trust that your efforts are not in vain. Keep sowing seeds of His goodness through you. And He promises that a bountiful harvest awaits.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

Salvation

Day 12 is about God's inexpressible gift of LOVE and promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  John 3:16-17

On this special day, celebrate the greatest promise of all—God's gift of love, salvation, and eternal life through Jesus Christ. Rejoice in the beauty of His grace and share this incredible gift with others.

Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Hope

Just another four-letter word or one that speaks life to your soul? I pray this season and beyond that you'll find yourself restoring your hope.

If you would like more encouraging words in your life right now, maybe you should consider hanging 'round these parts. I'd love to have you as part of the Focus Community! There's plenty of room.

thankful for the hope I have in Christ right there with ya,

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