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Session 23

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

Read: Psalm 105:1-4, Psalm 68:3-5

The hope of Christmas doesn’t have to disappear when the tree is packed up and the lights are put away. Christmas is a reminder of God’s faithfulness to fulfill His promises, and God’s faithfulness never ends.  

As we sing and give praise to God, we “make known among the nations what he has done” (Psalm 105:1). But we also remind ourselves that our God, the same God who sent His Son to earth so we could know Him, is at work all around us. 

When life isn’t perfect and God feels far away, remembering His faithfulness and recalling those times when He felt close and intimate can calm our hearts and bring us peace. 

3 Ways to Remember God’s Faithfulness All Year Long

1.Read about it.

The Bible is the story of God’s love for humanity and His faithfulness to those who love Him. As we read the Bible, we take comfort in remembering God not only provides for us in material ways, He gave us Jesus so we can have a relationship with God forever.

2. Write about it. 

Keeping a journal, written or mental, of the times God provided and comforted you, is a personal way to remember God’s faithfulness. Reading about a time He showed up and showed off in our lives helps us recall His character and “glory in his holy name” (Psalm 105:3).

3. Pray about it. 

There’s an old saying that if God feels far away, it isn’t because He moved! “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always” (Psalm 105:4). Always really does mean always. Cry out to God with your frustration. Ask Him to show you His presence and give you peace. 

For many, Christmas can be a painful reminder of who and what we lack. But when our focus is on Jesus and His permanent location in our hearts, we remember that we are never alone or abandoned.

Reflect: 

  • Can you remember a time when God answered your prayers in a clear and specific way? Take some time to reflect on that today. 
  • Have you ever specifically asked God to help you feel His presence in your life? Go ahead and give it a try. 
  • How would your perspective change if you focused on God’s faithfulness in the past rather than your current circumstances?

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What are you waiting for this Christmas?

What are you waiting for this Christmas?

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2

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

Jesus came to be a different kind of king

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3

Has God forgotten you?

Has God forgotten you?

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4

How to find peace this Christmas

How to find peace this Christmas

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5

Do you believe God is with you?

Do you believe God is with you?

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6

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

Four clues to who Jesus wants to be to you

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7

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

The surprising benefit of being honest about your doubts

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8

The importance of preparing the way

The importance of preparing the way

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9

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

When the situation seems impossible, remember this truth

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10

A blessed life is not always an easy life

A blessed life is not always an easy life

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11

How to accept praise and stay humble

How to accept praise and stay humble

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12

When the right thing is not the easy thing

When the right thing is not the easy thing

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13

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

Jesus is not afraid of your mess

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14

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

What happened when Jesus came to earth and why it’s a big deal

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15

God can do great things through imperfect people

God can do great things through imperfect people

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16

This is really good news

This is really good news

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17

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

How you see Jesus shapes how you see Christmas

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18

What you miss when you only know half the story

What you miss when you only know half the story

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19

What does it look like to worship?

What does it look like to worship?

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20

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

The most beautiful gift you can give this Christmas

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21

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

What if the miracle doesn’t look how you thought it would?

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22

A reason to be generous this Christmas

A reason to be generous this Christmas

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How to celebrate Christmas all year long

How to celebrate Christmas all year long

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