Day of Christ 6: Stars

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”

Matthew 2:10

I love the stars! My daughter and I will often go outside to see the stars and the moon. They are so beautiful and they help me remember God and Jesus Christ. The earth, moon, star and universe are glorious creations.

Day 3: Christ is Wonderful

“6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

Christ has done so much for us. Let us always remember how Wonderful he is and how wonderful our lives are because of Him.

Day 2: Christ’s birth was miraculous

“14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
Isaiah 7:14

Christ’s birth was a miracle. He was born to Mary who was a virgin. I’m so grateful that He was born to this earth so that we can be happy and live with our families forever if we follow. Christ is a miracle in all of our lives.

Day 1: Christmas is about love

“16 ¬∂For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Christmas reminds us that God, our Heavenly Father, loves us. He sent His most precious, eldest and perfect Son to earth for us. He was sent not just to come to earth, but to lead a perfect life, suffer for our sins, and sacrifice His life for us. It is through Him that we can truly be happy.

Let us remember God’s love for us each day!

I love the Christmas season!

I love this time of year! People seem happier and more generous. Happiness comes because of the gift our Father gave to all of us over 2,000 years ago. I love Jesus Christ and want to #ShareTheGift this season.

Each day until Christmas I’ll be posting something about Christ to help us focus on Him. I hope you’ll join me :)

Here is the perfect video to kick off the Christmas season:

Pray more earnestly

Today I read a scripture in Luke 22:44 which is Christ when He was suffering for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was experiencing the most pain anyone has ever experienced. In this time of hardship, what did the Savior do? Here is the scripture:

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly

Luke 22:44

Christ turned to His Father by praying more earnestly. When we experience hard things, what do we do? Do we turn to God or someone else? Let that be an example to us. When we experience hard things, let that bring us closer to God not further from Him.

My favorite scripture

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Do you have a quote or scripture that guides your life? One that hits your very center?

The scriptures are full of wise and helpful verses that bring meaning to our lives. Of all the many verses in the scriptures, my favorite is found in Proverbs. It is short and succinct, like many other verses in Proverbs, but it hits me to the very center. The scripture reads as follows:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths

Proverbs 3:5-6

I love that scripture because it helps keep me going in the right direction. If we truly trust in God, we will do all that we can to follow what He says. We are promised that if we put our trust in God with all our heart and recognize Him in all things, He will direct our lives. He will make sure that things work out as they should.

Let me share a quick experience that illustrates this point. In college, I studied Mechanical Engineering. At the beginning of my senior year, I realized that I love programming and didn’t love a lot of the theory in my engineering courses. I wondered if I should switch to Computer Science, but I only had one more year to go and felt I should finish it out. Part of me wondered why God would have let me get that far and then realize I didn’t love it. But, I trusted in Him, with help from my wonderful wife, that everything would work out, that God would “direct my paths.” A couple years later, I see how God has led me to where I am today. At General Motors, I program applications that are used for engineers and I love it. It is perfect that I have an engineering background because it helps me create better applications. And I get to do programming! I see that God had led me and guided my paths and I’m so grateful for that!

Life is full of change and challenges which can be very difficult, much more difficult than my experience above. It could be that you have to make a decision to follow God that could bring about undesirable consequences at work, among your friends or even in your family. However, trusting in God by doing what He wants you to do will always work out better. He won’t let you down and I know that is true.

Ultimately, we can and should look to our Savior Jesus Christ. He always trusted in God even to the sacrificing of His life to follow God’s will. Let us be like Him and trust in the Lord!

That is my favorite scripture. What about you? What scripture do you love?

Patience: I want it now!

“Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now!”

This is a quote by Elder Robert D. Hales and it is so true!

Little by little

It is ironic that we are often impatient to be patient. We may ask God to bless us with patience, expecting it to come in a pretty box with a ribbon and free 2-day shipping. But, like most things in life, patience is something you learn with time, not something you gain overnight. I’m not saying that it can’t come overnight because God is a god of miracles, but I believe that He often teaches us little by little. Today He helps us be patient with one family member. Tomorrow He helps us be patient with another family member. With time we are able to be patient with everyone and everything! It is a process.

Love is patient

I’m grateful for Christ and that He is patient with all of us. I believe that it is His love for us that makes Him patient with us. As our love for others increases, our ability to be patient increases.

So, next time you feel upset that something isn’t going your way, remember that it could just be that God is allowing you to learn patience :)