Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.
Christmas is a great opportunity to start teaching children about Jesus. You can find ways to teach them the story of how and why Jesus was born and the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. For example, you can read stories from the Bible or children’s books appropriate for their level of understanding, you can sing Christmas carols and talk about their origins or you can use a nativity scene and other decorations, like a star to explain what they represent. Make the most of this opportunity to share Jesus with your family.
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
Although we may be tempted to sleep in late, especially on a Monday, it’s time to rise and shine for another week of work. Laziness may sound good now but you’ll pay for it later. Whether we work outside of the home or not, we need to do our work diligently for the glory of the Lord.
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Wise people are patient when others offend them, purposely or not. Don’t be so easily offended, instead show the offender God’s love and forgive them as God forgives your offenses. Hurt people, hurt people, wise people overlook offenses.
Don’t say to your neighbor, “Go and come back; I’ll give it to you tomorrow,” when you have it.
God has been generous to us and has supplied all of our needs and therefore, we should be generous to others. We have been blessed so we can bless others. We’re not guaranteed tomorrow, so let’s help those we can today. Now is always the best time to help someone in need.
A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.
Even though there may be things going on in our lives that make us feel sad, we cannot let them bring us down. There is still good in the world, there are still good people and there is still a reason to smile. Jesus loves you and will never leave you and that’s more than enough of a reason to smile.
Whoever seeks good finds favor, but evil comes to one who searches for it.
How are you living your life? Are you a “glass half full” or a “glass half empty” type of person? Are you trying to find the good in others or are you constantly looking for the negative in people and situations? No one is perfect, try to see their good qualities instead of their shortcomings. Be optimistic with a positive outlook and try to find the good in all people and situations and you will find favor with people, but more importantly, with God.
Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. (GNT)
Speak up for the people who have no voice. Stand up for the oppressed. It is our duty to help those who cannot help themselves. We need to go out into the world and donate our time, money and resources for the poor, needy and suffering. We need to bring Jesus into the lives of others so they too may know the mercy, forgiveness, and love of God.