Choose to Walk with Christ – Day 14 on a 14 Day Walk with Christ

Over time I’ve found that the most important thing we can do to stay close to our Savior Jesus Christ is to intentionally choose to walk with Him.

We must make an effort each day to connect with Him. We must regularly study His life and His teachings. We must use the sacred powerful gift of prayer to commune with Him. We must choose to remember and honor the covenants we have made with Him. And we have to choose to do these things again and again, day after day. If we do not, we slowly drift away from Him and become lost in the worries of the world.

But if we will choose to do these things we can collect on the promise made in Isaiah 40:

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Song: Unto Us by Aaron Shust

Song: Emanuel God With Us by Point of Grace

Christmas and studying the Nativity are such a great annual reminder for me to check my bearings, assess my priorities, and to determine where adjustments need to be made. Then I take the week between Christmas and New Year’s and decide on a focus word I want to use during the upcoming year.

Challenge: What will your focus word be for 2019 to help you more steadily walk with Christ?

Worship – Day 13 on a 14 Day Walk with Christ

There are so many examples of ways to worship in the Nativity Story. The thing they all had in common was their attitude of reverence and adoration.

Defining worship Dean M. Davies said:

When we worship God, we approach Him with reverent love, humility, and adoration. We acknowledge and accept Him as our sovereign King, the Creator of the universe, our beloved and infinitely loving Father.
We respect and revere Him.
We submit ourselves to Him.
We lift our hearts in mighty prayer, cherish His word, rejoice in His grace, and commit to follow Him with dedicated loyalty.
Worshipping God is such an essential element in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.”

Such a great talk: The Blessings of Worship

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/the-blessings-of-worship?lang=eng

Like the angels we can sing praises of Him. Like the shepherds we can act in obedience seeking Him and sharing the good news about Him. And like the wise men we can put time and effort into serving Him and those around us.

Song: Here With Us by Joy Williams

Song: Come and Worship by Bebo Norman

Challenge: How can you worship the Lord today?

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Grace – Day 12 on a 14 Day Walk with Christ

“Grace” such a small word with such an incomprehensible impact! In this word is contained the hope of the world, the key to free each of us from the binding chains that hold us back from our Lord and God. It is by the grace of Jesus Christ that both eternal salvation and immediate peace are possible!

Luke 2:

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

As I sit here thinking about all I have learned and felt this year through experiencing the Nativity Story on this walk, this word seems to be the glue that holds it all together. Grace is the reason He came, the vehicle He used to love us, forgive us, and serve us. It is how He showed his kindness and mercy to us, it is the very expression of His humility and patience. It is His offering of joy and peace and light to each of us individually. And yet our own agency, our individual right to choose, is so respected by Him and the Father, that we alone must make the decision to accept this gift or reject it, one by one. But there it hangs waiting and offered freely to each of us.

Song: When Love Was Born by Mark Schultz

Song: When Love Crossed Over by Paul Baloche

Challenge: What will you do to more fully accept or show more appreciation for this glorious gift of grace?

Service – Day 11 on a14 Day Walk with Christ

The wise men put great time and effort into serving the Lord. It took them years to get to where He was so that they might worship Him.

Matthew 2:

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 ¶ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Service is something that helps us in so many ways! It gets us out of ourselves and puts our trials in perspective. It fills us with love and light as we show love to others. It draws us closer to God as we act as His hands on earth.

Sure we all have opportunities for service projects and intentionally seeking ways to serve is very important, but there is another way to serve I had never given much thought to, or maybe always thought of as acts too insignificant to count as service. As we have focused on ministering this year it finally dawned on me how Jesus served one by one as situations of need arose as He went about His daily tasks.

This realization has become so significant in my life. It has made me desire to be more aware of the needs around me, to not be so busy that I don’t notice a need or that I use my busyness as an excuse not to serve where the Lord needs me. Sometimes it is as simple as acting on a prompting to send a text to someone to let them know I’m thinking of them. Sometimes it is putting a project aside to spend an hour listening to a friend vent. Sometimes it is making a special gesture for one of my family members because they have been having a hard time. But most importantly it is about noticing the people around us, paying attention to heavenly inspirations, and being willing to invest love and time where the Lord wants us to, one by one.

Song: Adore Him by Kari Jobe

Challenge: Will you watch for ways to serve as you go about your day today?