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FOCUS DAY 5:

Your Life’s Story

                                                                                                           

HEAVENLY CONVERSATION 3: “Choosing Love over Lies"

KEY: F (God the Father Speaking);J (God the Son, Jesus Speaking); S (God the Holy Spirit Speaking) [Read the verse(s) and “Heavenly Conversation” as a family. Suggestion: Choose a different family member to read each part of God’s conversation.F “Christmas is about stories! Did you know that by our intention, none of our creations are exactly alike? We made each one with a special design?”

 

J “Exactly. Each infant has a unique, individual DNA that makes them different from any other person ever born.”

S “Even more exciting, is that when we breath into them the breath of life, each child has a unique soul. Wow!”

FWe desire to know and love each one, too! Christmas is a time to celebrate your story, Jesus, and theirs as well. You truly know what it is like to grow up loving your earthly family, and also love me, your heavenly Father.”

J “I do. Christmas is also a good time to celebrate the life stories of Mary and Joseph, my earthly parents. Their examples of obedience and making difficult choices are good ones for everyone to remember. Stories matter!”

S “Paul shared our TRUTHS with King Agrippa and he was almost persuaded. Herod had a hard heart to TRUTH. We so much wanted both of their stories to be different.”

FJesus, what you did, both as a child and a young man, was so important to your story. Thank you for honoring your earthly parents as Moses’ commandment instructed. [Deuteronomy 5:16]”

J “Choices did seem to get harder when I reached adulthood and followed your calling for my life. It is exciting to me that each of our creation has a purpose.”

S “Every time they choose to love rather than complain or hate brings joy to us. I wonder if they know that their love is powerful, and that it is like no one else’s love when they use it? It is singularly unique and irreplaceable!”

FMy prayer for each of them is that they will love their unique design, their family, and their calling I gave them. I want them to know their life story is significance.”

J My prayer is that they will allow my love to help them meet all their needs, and see their unique worth. I want them to feel secure in my love as they live their stories.”

SMy prayer is for their choices to build relationships on love, enjoy developing their gifts and talents competently, and learn to fit wherever you call them to serve, Father.”

FRegardless of when someone discovers our forgiveness, freedom, and fulfillment, their story can improve and end well. Satan lies about this. Every story is precious to us.”

J “I remember that even on the cross one of the thieves changed his story – that was truly an amazing moment.”

S “You should have heard the angles sing! I am so glad he chose to change his story to spend eternity with us.”

J “I desire to meet with each believer daily in the Word to help them choose our TRUTHS over lies.”

S “And I love it when they pray for guidance, praise, help, understanding, or anything for that matter. I miss them when they get too busy to know us better by praying.”

FThat’s why Advent can be so helpful.”

J “Right, it helps everyone improve their stories.”

S “It helps them remember that ‘Christmas is Love!”

1 Cor 13:13; Isaiah 41:4; Deut. 5:16; 2 Peter 1:10 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”; “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” 1 Cor. 13:13; 2 Peter 1:10

 

MY CHOICE DAY 5:

I will make Christ’s Love the center of my life.

 

DAY 5 ACTIVITY:

OPTIONAL: TAKE A ‘SHORT’ INVENTORY OF YOUR LIFE’S STORY

We often mark our lives with key celebrations and events, like Christmas. Your life’s story is your legacy, or how your life will be remembered. We sometimes forget that our legacy includes our Creator. There are many ways to inventory our life’s story, but here is a simple start, regardless of your age. On a sheet of paper, 1) write how you want to be remembered, 2) what are you doing to accomplish this, 3) what you need to do (or undo) to accomplish this, 4) how it includes (or needs to include) love in relationships (with God, Self, and Others). Have fun. You can also use this as a round-table discussion.

 

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