Happy New Year!

Just a short note today to wish you a Happy New Year! I pray that 2020 brings you many blessings including good health, happiness, and ultimately a closer walk with the Lord. God bless!

Advent 2019 Recap

Advent is the anticipation of the coming of Christ. Many people intentionally observe Advent during December as we anticipate Christmas. In a way, whether we realize it or not, we all observe Advent. We all know Christmas is on the way, we prepare for the big day, and we do a number of things in the month of December that we don’t normally do in other months. But we are not necessarily intentional about observing Advent. The month of December can feel like a whirlwind. Before we know it, Christmas has come and gone. The key to savoring this season is to be intentional about observing Advent by focusing on the gift of Jesus. That is what I try to do each year. And that is also what I had tried to do with my posts this month. So in case you want to savor Christmas a little longer, I have compiled my posts here. (Note that some of the links are my posts from this website, and some are my posts from the Christians Read website.) Enjoy!

From this website:

Hope

Peace

Joy

Love

From the Christians Read website:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Peace on Earth

Joy to the World

Keeping the Christmas Spirit All Year Long

Gratitude 2019 Recap

If you know me, then you know I believe we all should practice gratitude. In my own life I have seen how gratitude has helped transform my thoughts. And as a result, it also has made a positive impact on my life.

Each evening I try to write down at least five things that I am thankful for. Usually I focus on good things that happened during that particular day. It can be easy to get caught up in all the negative things that occur in our lives. But when we intentionally look for the good, we will see that even though our lives might contain obstacles, they also contain a myriad of blessings.

Practicing gratitude is a habit we should all strive to achieve in our lives. So if you need a gratitude boost, I have compiled my gratitude posts from this past November. Enjoy!

(Note that some of the links are my posts from this website, and some are my posts from the Christians Read website.)

Grateful for My Journal

Grateful for Music

Grateful for Rest

Grateful for the Lord

Grateful for a Guarded Heart

Grateful for Today

Grateful for Our People

Grateful for Thanksgiving

The Redeemed Challenge 2019 Recap

As you might know, in September I held The Redeemed Challenge. In the Redeemed Challenge we walked through my second book, You Are Redeemed. Each of us read a chapter a day within the book, then we met up here for further discussion. I know a number of you have told me that you hoped to go through the Redeemed Challenge again on your own. So I decided to compile all the posts here in one place, for those of you who might like to revisit the Redeemed Challenge.

As a matter of fact, I have been thinking of going through the book and the challenge again myself. The book contains biblical truths on who we are in Jesus. Unfortunately, many days we forget. We forget we have been redeemed. We forget we are new creatures. We forget our true identity. Walking through the Redeemed Challenge last September with all of you really helped me to once again grab hold of that identity.

Every day we will face obstacles. The enemy will try to bring us down. He is very good at getting in our heads and making us think the worst of ourselves. That is why it is so important to remember who you really are. When you walk through my book, You Are Redeemed, it will help prepare you for the battles that the enemy brings your way. But more than that, it will help you to live fully embraced in the love of God.

Here are the links to each of the thirty posts from the Redeemed Challenge. If you decide to walk through this again (or maybe this will be a first for some of you), I hope and pray that you enjoy it and get something out of it. God bless!

 

The Redeemed Challenge Day 1

The Redeemed Challenge Day 2

The Redeemed Challenge Day 3

The Redeemed Challenge Day 4

The Redeemed Challenge Day 5

The Redeemed Challenge Day 6

The Redeemed Challenge Day 7

The Redeemed Challenge Day 8

The Redeemed Challenge Day 9

The Redeemed Challenge Day 10

The Redeemed Challenge Day 11

The Redeemed Challenge Day 12

The Redeemed Challenge Day 13

The Redeemed Challenge Day 14

The Redeemed Challenge Day 15

The Redeemed Challenge Day 16

The Redeemed Challenge Day 17

The Redeemed Challenge Day 18

The Redeemed Challenge Day 19

The Redeemed Challenge Day 20

The Redeemed Challenge Day 21

The Redeemed Challenge Day 22

The Redeemed Challenge Day 23

The Redeemed Challenge Day 24

The Redeemed Challenge Day 25

The Redeemed Challenge Day 26

The Redeemed Challenge Day 27

The Redeemed Challenge Day 28

The Redeemed Challenge Day 29

The Redeemed Challenge Day 30

 

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What I Want for Christmas

Yes, I know Christmas is over. But it is not too late to give someone a gift. Especially if it is the perfect gift. As for me, I do not want a material item for Christmas. What I want most is to know that all of my family and friends have given their hearts to the Lord. I want to rest assured knowing that when my loved ones leave this earth, they will go to Heaven. And that includes you. I hope and pray that you have given your heart to the Lord.

Do you have a personal relationship with God? If not, then I invite you to begin one today. I promise you that you will not regret it. Having a relationship with God will bring comfort and peace into your life.

But having a relationship with God, starts with accepting Jesus. The Bible says that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We all deserve to perish (Romans 6:23). And there is nothing we can do on our own to achieve salvation (Ephesians 2:9).

But the good news is that “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). This is because Jesus paid the price that we could never pay. He died for all of our sins. He took them on Himself so that we might have eternal life. Then three days after Jesus’s death, He rose from the dead. This ultimately defeated death and gave us the hope of salvation.

In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This means if you want to spend eternity in Heaven, you must accept Jesus first. But it is much more than a ticket to Heaven. I can tell you that having Jesus in your life will be the best relationship you will ever have. He will be the friend that is always there. He will love you unconditionally and extend a kind of love that you have never known before. You will find true peace and joy in your life when you have Jesus.

A life with Jesus by your side can be so freeing. Every day we struggle with the weight of the world on our shoulders. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can accept Jesus into our hearts, and let God handle our troubles. God is a loving God and He longs to extend His love to you. But you have to accept the invitation. I invite you to pray this prayer now:

Lord Jesus, I ask You to please forgive me of my sins. I believe that You died on the cross for me and rose from the grave three days later. I can never thank You enough for paying my sin debt. Thank You for hearing my prayer. Thank You for Your unconditional love. I am ready to hand my life over to You. I am ready to walk in Your strength and power. I am ready for You to be the center, purpose, and meaning in my life. I am ready for You to be my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’s name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, congratulations on your new life! I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment or contact me at https://bridgetathomas.com/contact/. You have just made the most important decision of your life.

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Merry Christmas!

Just a short note today to wish you a very Merry Christmas! No matter how you plan to spend the day, I hope you enjoy every moment! And remember the reason for the season – Jesus!

Love

Let’s celebrate Advent! Advent is the anticipation of the coming of Christ. Some churches observe Advent by lighting a candle on the four Sundays before Christmas. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Since today is the fourth Sunday, we will talk about love.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Love – What speaks love greater than God wrapping himself in skin as a tiny, vulnerable baby in order to save His children? How amazing and awesome that He did this for us. The meaning of Emmanuel is “God with us.” I am in awe when I think about that. God with us. This love that He has displayed for us bubbles in my heart whenever I ponder the fact that God loves us THAT much.

Take a moment to reflect today: What does love mean to you? Have you fully excepted God’s love in your heart?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, when I think about how much You love me, I am speechless. I have no words to express how amazing Your love is. Emmanuel. God with us. When I reflect on those words, I feel Your love overflowing in my life. Knowing that You loved me so much that You chased after me and paved away to save me from death. I can never repay that debt. But I am so very thankful for You and for Your unfailing Love. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Here is the fourth video by Ann Voskamp in which she talks about love.

Joy

Let’s celebrate Advent! Advent is the anticipation of the coming of Christ. Some churches observe Advent by lighting a candle on the four Sundays before Christmas. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Since today is the third of the four Sundays, it is dedicated toward Joy.

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. – John 15:11

Joy – God wants us to have joy. But the enemy is eager to steal this away from us. He will do whatever it takes to make sure we do not have joy. We have to make an effort to hold onto our joy each day. Don’t allow small things to bring you down. Don’t let tiny annoyances come between you and your loved ones. Many of these battles are spiritual. So we have to hold onto the joy of the Lord and defeat the enemy.

Take a moment to reflect today: What does joy mean to you? What situations in your life can be conquered with the joy of the Lord?

Prayer: Dear God, I want to have more joy in my life. But I confess that I let circumstances steal my joy. Deep down I know these circumstances come from the enemy. So today I am taking a stand. I will not let the enemy steal my joy any longer. Having Your joy gives me strength. And I will hold onto it tightly. Thank You for giving me true joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

On each of the four Sundays I will also share a video by Ann Voskamp. In this video she talks about joy.

Peace

Let’s celebrate Advent! Advent is the anticipation of the coming of Christ. Some churches observe Advent by lighting a candle on the four Sundays before Christmas. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Since today is the second of the four Sundays, it is dedicated towards Peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Peace – Jesus is the Prince of Peace. But what is so amazing is that He left peace for us as a gift. There is a lot of turmoil in this world. But we can choose to hold onto peace in the midst of it all. It doesn’t mean we won’t have difficulties. But we can rest in Jesus’s peace, knowing that our Father is on the throne, working things out in our favor.

Take a moment to reflect today: What does peace mean to you? What situations in your life need some of the Lord’s peace?

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, how I long to have peace in my life. This world we live in feels anything but peaceful. The things I face each day bring a lot of stress and worry. But then I remember Your Son, The Prince of Peace. Oh how amazing it is that Jesus left me the gift of His peace. So today I choose to take hold of that peace. I will allow that peace to work in my life. And in turn I will also be an instrument of Your peace to those around me. Thank You for giving me peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

On each of the four Sundays I will also share a video by Ann Voskamp. In this video she talks about peace.

Hope

Let’s celebrate Advent! Advent is the anticipation of the coming of Christ. The word “Advent” is Latin and it means “coming.” Some churches observe Advent by lighting a candle on the four Sundays before Christmas. The four candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Since today is the first of the four Sundays, it is dedicated to Hope.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31

Hope – The birth of Jesus gives us hope. In this crazy and fallen world we live in, what else do we have, if not hope? Hope that God will forgive our sins. Hope that we will spend eternity in Heaven. Hope that the Lord will walk with us each day while we are on this earth. And hope that Jesus will come again.

Take a moment to reflect today: What does hope mean to you? What are you hopeful for?

Prayer: Father, I admit at times I feel beaten by the despair in this world. But You have overcome the world. So thank You for giving me hope today and every day. I have hope in Your Son, Jesus. I have hope because You have redeemed me. I have hope of spending eternity in Your presence. And I have hope because You are by my side every single day. Thank You, Father, for this beautiful word – Hope. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

On each of the four Sundays I will also share a video by Ann Voskamp. Here is the first one where she talks about hope.

(Ann Voskamp also has a wonderful Advent devotional, The Greatest Gift, which I love. You can find it here.)