Listen – 25 Positive Words, Day 24

Day 24

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another person is the gift of listening. When we honestly and sincerely listen to others, we affirm them and help them feel valued. Even when we don’t share the same opinion or perspective on life, we can still ask good questions and listen well to the other person’s point of view. This Christmas, let’s take a genuine interest in the people in our path and find out what is important to them.

James 1:19, “ Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.”

Forget – 25 Positive Words, Day 20

Day 20

We never want to forget the goodness of God and His blessings each day, but there are certain things in life that we do want to forget. We need to forget our past mistakes. Certainly we learn from our errors, but we don’t need to keep replaying them in our mind and beating ourselves up about what we could or should have done. We also need to forget past hurts from others. It’s easy to drag up old memories about things people said or did to us and let bitterness grow, but it’s time to stop playing the “I am hurt” tape. Instead, let’s move forward with forgiveness and love.

Paul put it this way, “Forgetting those things that are behind and straining toward those things that are ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which Christ Jesus is calling me heavenward.”

Press forward my friends, leaving the past behind.

Believe – 25 Positive Words, Day 19

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You’ve heard it said, “Seeing is believing,” but Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.” God is not asking us to have a blind faith, for He has revealed himself through His creation, in His word and most importantly, in Jesus. May our love grow deeper and our faith stronger as we worship Him this holiday season.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”  Acts 16:31

Grow – 25 Positive Words, Day 6

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A great question to ask ourselves when we experience a challenge of any kind is, “How can I grow from this?” It is good for us to be open to what God wants to teach us in the classroom of life. As we learn and grow and develop new skills, we can use our gifts to be a blessing to others. Most important, we want to grow deeper in our faith and love for Jesus. As the apostle Paul wrote, “Let your roots grow down deep into Christ.” As we allow our roots to grow deep in Him, we are strengthened and nourished to face both life’s blessings and challenges.

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As we enter the Christmas season, I am launching a fun new series called 25 Positive Words for the Holidays. It is meant to help us look at the brighter side and the bigger picture each day of December leading up to Christmas. So join me here at Positive Life Principles or on my author Facebook page to get a daily dose of positive starting Friday, Dec 1. Feel free to share the posts with your friends to uplift their hearts during the holidays. I love walking this journey together!

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If you are looking for a gift for the holidays, Pursuing God in the Quiet Places Devotional makes a great gift and stocking stuffer.