A bit of a twist on New Year's Resolutions - you can download our Twenty 20 sheet and write 20 goals, hopes and dreams for next year. These might be - keep a prayer journal, read a chapter of the Bible every day, pray for your unsaved friends, smile more, help more at home, spend less time online and more time with friends, find some great Christian insta accounts to follow, keep a gratitude journal...
You could use this idea to make a great prayer journal or gratitude journal for a friend or family member.
There is some debate over when the wise men actually visited Jesus. But we do know that they visited Jesus in a house, not the stable. We're also not sure exactly what the wise men were, except that they were educated and wise. We don't know where they came from, except that it was somewhere in the east. And we don't know how many there were - there are three of them in most nativity scenes because we know they brought three gifts - gold, frankincense and myrrh. The most important thing we know about the wise men is that they worshipped Jesus.
CHALLENGE: This Christmas make sure it's Jesus you're worshipping, not food, things, friends, good times etc.
You would expect the arrival of God's Son on earth to be a huge deal but when Jesus arrived the first people to be told were some shepherds who were looking after their sheep. In Bible times shepherds were considered to be outcasts, dishonest and unclean - yet God chose them to be the first to get the good news! All through Jesus' ministry he hung out with broken, messy people like tax collectors and prostitutes. The world says that some people are more important than others because they're rich, or beautiful, or famous, or successful, but that's not how it works in God's economy. God makes it clear that he loves everybody and we should too.
CHALLENGE: Find a way to love someone who is an outcast. Invite them to church, take them a food hamper from your church, say hello, smile at them...
I love, love, love these DIY prayer journals. They would make fantastic Christmas gifts.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.