Keep my eyes on Heaven and help me to make this goal the guiding force and motivation of my love for others. I give myself to You, dear Lord. Use me to save souls. Jesus, I trust in You. Series My Catholic Faith! My Catholic Worship! I for one am not a fan of the mess arts and crafts can cause in my house, but it is so worth the clean up when they spend hours creating. Make a space they can use. Ideally the kitchen table or bench, otherwise a spot on the floor. Pop a towel or old blanket down avoid painting though , and let them draw, cut, pin, and colour.
Left over cardboard boxes from gifts make great vision boards to decorate, and let them cut up Christmas cards and wrapping paper to make great patterns and images. It can all be recycled later. If the weather is great encourage them to put together a picnic that you can all enjoy outside. If they are over 8 let them do this on their own or with siblings, it is great for them to learn to make good food choices and learn how to make a simple sandwich and clean some fruit.
If they are younger they may need help from an adult or older sibling. Indoor picnics are always cute too if they weather is not ideal. Make cubby houses or forts. I know it can be annoying, especially if you are a perfectionist, but it can amuse kids of all ages for hours when they set up a space with all the cushions, blankets and pillows they can find. It is a great way to encourage imaginative play. Organise play dates, older kids in particular need to keep social with friends. Organise to have one of their friends sleep over or for them to sleep at a friends house.
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Sleepovers with cousins are also great ways to keep the family bond strong. To keep the whole family healthy take a walk together, take your dog out for walks, go to the park, ride your bikes or scooters, get active and enjoy the fresh air. Kylie Instagram. Uncategorized Is Happiness always a choice?
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Search for: Search. Out of that nation, He chose the despised hill country of Galilee, and out of that rural area He chosen two people of no rank or importance You too are significant in God's eyes. And you too can be a world changer. It's not about education, position or even ability, it's about trust and availability.
When God looks at you, He sees the person He has called you to be: one of His anointed representatives.
There are no insignificant children in God's family! Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me, for choosing me and for putting your favour on me. Thank you that I have enormous significance in Your sight. Thank you that it's never about my limited resources, but always about Yours, which are inexhaustible. Luke , The Bible makes it clear that what comes out of our mouths is really important. Our present reality can be affected positively or negatively by the words we speak. And what we as parents speak over our children is particularly important. I wonder if the enforced silence for Zechariah in this passage was to stop him saying things which could compromise the amazing intent of God for John's life.
Nine month's silence gave him plenty of time for reflection, and it was obvious by his son's dedication that the doubt in his heart had been replaced by a joyous understanding of the heart of God, not only for his son, but for his generation. The words he spoke over his newborn were prophetic words of power. And I think there was a connection between this and the final verse in this chapter Prayer Lord, please show me the negative things I believe about my family, and the negative things I say about them. Forgive me for not looking at them with eyes of faith.
Lord, help me to see them as You see them, and show me the amazing plans You have for them.
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And then please give me words of life to speak over them, and about them. Isaiah For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. This baby would be born for Government. This baby would be Lord and Master of all; born to overthrow the rule of Satan on earth, and to establish His Kingdom among men.
So while we marvel at the wonder that is God, coming to earth as a new born baby, let's remember, especially in the darkness of the present time, that that 'baby' now sits in government. Prayer: Lord we worship you. Each and every one of us has been given a name.
Some of us are named after older members of the family and are proud and pleased to carry this forward. In Old Testament times the naming of a newborn was a very important decision. The chosen name reflected the aspirations and desires for the one being named for his or her future life. If accepted by anyone into their hearts Christ would rule over them, bringing wholeness and well-being into their lives. As we reflect once again on the birth of Christ and celebrate His coming, may we all welcome our glorious Prince of Peace afresh, or perhaps for the first time, into our hearts. In so doing we shall then truly experience the joy of Immanuel — God with us.
John 'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Bible describes man's internal condition as full of darkness; the darkness of fear and sin, emotional, mental and physical pain, and the darkness of alienation from God; a darkness which manifests itself outwardly in our world in a multitude of ways.
Into this darkness Christ came; not as a dim, flickering light, but as a blaze of glory. The Gospels show that in every encounter with Him, the darkness that kept mankind in bondage was pushed back, and people were able to see clearly.
Light has two great properties: it dispels darkness, and it enables us to see. Light always overcomes darkness just by being itself. And it is only the presence of light, entering the eye, which gives us sight. For our forebears, this, the dark time of the year, was an anxious period: available working hours were limited, and untold menaces, real and imagined, lurked in the darkness. Today we are grateful for modern electricity artificially lengthening the days, extending our productive time and dispelling some of the terrors of the night.
And in this Christmas season, festive lights make the darkness a place of wonder. Today let's meditate on the effects of light on darkness, and ask the Light of the World to come to us afresh. Let's approach Him with a faith that expects to receive, a humility that acknowledges our need, and ask Him to shine his radiant light on our dark places, and dispel every one.
Let's ask Him to open our eyes to see clearly, and to use us to be people who shine His light in the dark places of the world around us. Prayer Lord Jesus, Light of the world, Come and shine Your light in every dark place in my life, bringing forgiveness, healing, deliverance and clear sight. Fill me with Your light and then use me to touch the people I meet. Thank You that You are answering my prayer even as I speak. Luke 'She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
The circumstances of Jesus' birth cry out to us that God comes to the ordinary, and brings redemption. It is not a tale of man's efforts to claw his way up to an inaccessible God, but rather the desire of Almighty God to come and shed His glory in the commonplace. We can imagine the scene in that Bethlehem inn, crowded to the ginnels, the normal business swelled with pilgrims who had come to register in the town of their birth. We can see the bustling scene, hear the noise as people ate and drank, so busy there was not enough room for two late comers.