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How Many Times is Joy Mentioned in the Bible?

In the New Testament, joy is listed as a fruit of the Spirit. I am a naturally joyful person because I know the Lord is in control of my life. But how many times is joy in the Bible?

True joy is much more than a happy feeling. Joy comes from deep within you while happiness is based on your outward circumstances.

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How Many Times Joy Appears in the Bible

Joy appears 165 times in the King James Version (KJV), 218 times in the New International Version (NIV), and 182 times in the New American Standard (NASB).

However, “joy,” “joyful,” or “rejoice” appear 430 times in the English Standard Version (ESV). Compare that to “happy” or “happiness” which only appears ten times. Which would you rather have?

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What is the Spiritual Meaning of Joy?

Biblical joy stems from the fruit of the Spirit given to you by God. The joy of the Lord provides comfort, contentment, and peace despite difficult circumstances.

You face trials of various kinds along this path of life, but God’s presence brings fullness of joy despite such things. Christ Jesus brought good news of great joy!

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What is the Hebrew Meaning of Joy?

The Hebrew word for joy is expressed through many synonyms. The most common translations are “to shine,” “to leap,” “to exult,” and to “rejoice exceedingly.” 

In the New Testament, Greek words for joy in the Christian life center around the Gospel. Pure joy is especially conspicuous in the Gospel of Luke.

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What is the Biblical Version of Joy?

Earthly happiness is vastly different from God’s everlasting joy. The word “joy” can look like shouts of joy, great delight, a joyful heart, and songs of joy.

Christian joy can also look like the quiet peace of God despite difficult times. Followers of Christ need to be known for an abundance of joy!

Joy Verses in the Bible

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, our God of hope gives you and I much joy! The book of Philippians is called the “Book of Joy” despite the trials endured by the Apostle Paul. Joy verses abound!

God’s gift of joy is much more than a “concept of joy.” Temporary happiness is absent in difficult situations. There is no greater joy than knowing the Lord Jesus Christ walks with you.

Here are some of my favorite Bible verses that I keep in my journal from both the Old Testament and New Testament about this fruit of the Holy Spirit. Take joy in scrolling through them.

Peace and Joy

  • “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
  • “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).
  • “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:1-5).

Joy in God’s Presence

  • “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
  • “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
  • “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you” (Psalm 5:11).
  • “Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 12:6).
  • “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence” (Acts 2:28).
  • “For you make him most blessed forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence” (Psalm 21:6).
  • “For you are our glory and joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:20).
  • “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place” (1 Chronicles 16:27).
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Joy and Rejoicing

  • “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
  • “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
  • “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
  • “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do” (Ecclesiastes 9:7).
  • “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure” (Psalm 16:9).
  • “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11)
  • “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (Psalm 30:11).
  • “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:10).

God’s Joy

  • “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).
  • “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation” (Psalm 149:4).

Deliverance Joy

  • “And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the people of the land declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them” (Esther 8:17).
  • “And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away” (Nehemiah 12:43).
  • “And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel” (Ezra 6:22).
  • “So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing” (Psalm 105:43).

God’s People are Joyous

  • “Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete” (2 John 1:12).
  • “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you” (Philemon 1:7).
  • “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-2).
  • “We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part” (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
  • “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? How we thank God for you!” (1 Thessalonians 3:9).

Joy During Trials

  • “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
  • “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (James 1:2-3).
  • “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).
  • “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
  • “And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10b).
  • “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!” (Psalm 126:5)
  • “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Serving the Lord with Joy

  • “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21).
  • “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 13:52).
  • “Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith” (2 Corinthians 1:24).

Joy Despite Affliction

  • “I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy” (2 Corinthians 7:4).
  • “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
  • “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).
  • “As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything” (2 Corinthians 6:10).
  • “Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice” (Psalm 51:8).
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Following God’s Commands with Joy

  • “The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8).
  • “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).

Joy in Suffering

  • “But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).
  • “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
  • “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).

Joy of Salvation

  • “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory” (1 Peter 1:8).
  • “My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed” (Psalm 71:23).
  • “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance” (Luke 15:7).
  • “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
  • “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:12).
  • “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; the children of Israel shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).
  • “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3). 
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Worship with Joy

  • “I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:2).
  • “And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Luke 24:52).

Will of God Brings Joy

  • “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart” (Psalm 119:111).
  • “So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company” (Romans 15:32).
  • “Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
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Joy in the Lord

  • “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
  • “And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47).
  • “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad” (Psalm 126:2-3).
  • “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” (Psalm 70:4).

God’s Strength Gives Joy

  • “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7).
  • “This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Joy as a Gift

  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • “Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart” (Psalm 97:11).
  • “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).

God faithfully provides you with joy from the inside out. I pray that you live in His joy today.

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Positive Monday Motivation Prayers and Prayer Quotes

It’s Monday. Monday sets the tone for the rest of the week. You can choose to view Mondays as one giant stumbling block, or you can tackle today in Jesus’ name. Where do we find Monday motivation?

At some point, each of us struggles with facing Monday. The start of the week can be hard, especially if you start it already exhausted.

Here are some beautiful Monday morning prayers, blessings, and great Monday prayer quotes to start a lovely week.

A kingdom perspective and a positive attitude are essential. Even if we view that upcoming business meeting as an evil plan of the devil. When we know we’ll flunk the test. Even if we know that surgery is on the agenda. Each new day is a stepping stone of God’s grace.

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Monday Motivation Prayers

Entering Monday motivated by the Lord can provide a new opportunity for a great day. Here are prayers for the different challenges of today. May God bless you with a wonderful day!

For God’s Presence

His presence goes with us everywhere during every moment of every day. Ask Him to guide your steps in Jesus’ mighty name. 

  • Lord God, thank You for waking me up and giving me a new start today. I ask that You give me the eyes to see Your open doors as opportunities. I trust You to guide me in Your mighty strength.
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for Your breath in my lungs this morning. I ask that You send me to just the right place today to be a blessing to others in Your name. Let them hear You in the words of my mouth to know that the best things come only from You.
  • Lord Jesus Christ, hear the mediation of my heart this morning. I already know that this new work week will be a challenge. I ask that You faithfully provide Your presence as a fresh start for a fruitful day. Thank you, Lord, for a beautiful morning all because of Your love.
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For Your Home

Distraction and disruption are the enemy’s most effective tools in spiritual warfare. Here is a free Prayer Journal you can download. When it comes to creating a loving, safe space for your family, rely on the Lord as your refuge and strength!

  • Dear Friend and Lord, Mondays can be hectic in my home. I entrust my house today once again to Your divine protection. Show me throughout today ways to rest in Your loving arms to bring harmony, peace, and a very blessed day to my home. 
  • Father God, I am so thankful for Your steadfast love and mercy over my life. You have blessed me with a cozy home to cherish time with with family and friends. Let Your peace always reign in this space. That alone makes this a very happy Monday. 
  • Lord Jesus, Mondays always signal new beginnings in my mind. Thank you for fresh opportunities to praise You, know You, and shine Your light. I ask that You multiply this simple prayer of thanksgiving into a beautiful week.
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For Your Health

When health issues arise, the meditation of my heart turns toward the Lord’s healing power. And if I am in good health, I thank my good God for that blessing every single day of the week, including Monday. 

  • Father, I am struggling with health issues today. I put my care in Your keeping to walk me through it. Let me see the work of Your hands as You bring relief, healing, and restoration to my body.
  • Dear Lord, I confess that my health issues over this past week were challenging. But You have given me a new day, which means You still have a purpose for me. Show me how to make today a good day for Your glory. 
  • Heavenly Father, You know my health struggles. You know the purpose for them and what You will accomplish in my life despite them. I trust You. Comfort me and keep my focus on You.
  • Lord Jesus, You have blessed me with excellent health. Do not let me take that blessing for granted. Show me ways this week to leverage that blessing to shine Your light.
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For the Workplace

I worked in a large law firm for over three decades. Consequently, I fully understand the challenges and blessings of today’s hectic workplace.

  • Father, Mondays are definitely challenging at work. Deadlines, catching up, keeping up, and being productive seem harder when I simply wanted to linger with You on Sunday. Thank you for providing this job to support my family and Your mission work. Keep my focus on You today, Lord.
  • Dear Lord, as Monday gets underway please let me see this day through Your eyes. Show me opportunities to be kind and encouraging to provide my coworkers with a pleasant day. Thank you in advance for walking with me through every moment of this lovely day.
  • Lord Jesus, thank you for the breath in my lungs to start a great week. I need an attitude adjustment this morning. Give me the eyes to see opportunities throughout today rather than only burdens. Shine Your light brightly in me and through me.
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Monday Morning Prayer Quotes

I could offer you lots of happy Monday quotes that might make you feel good temporarily. But the greatest Monday blessings begin with focusing on the steadfast love, good things, and divine purpose of Almighty God from Scripture.

  • Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1).
  • But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
  • I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
  • And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
  • But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
  • Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
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Monday Inspirational Quotes

Many gifted people through the centuries have penned and offered inspirational ideas that offer us food for thought on this first day of the week.

  • It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” ― Maurice Switze
  • Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.” ― Max Lucado
  • All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” ― Joni Eareckson Tada
  • To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” ― G.K. Chesterton
  • This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” ― Corrie Ten Boom
  • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  • Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” ― Mitch Albom
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Quotes About God

  • The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bill Keane
  • Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom
  • I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: “Go down again – I dwell among the people.” ― John Henry Newman
  • You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ― Anne Lamott
  • The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.” ― Dean Koontz
  • Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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Quotes About Ourselves

  • If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis
  • The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
  • Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” ― Will Smith
  • Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” ― Augustine of Hippo
  • Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.” ― Criss Jami
  • What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” ― A.W. Tozer
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Purposeful Quotes

  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller
  • Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.” ― Erma Bombeck
  • What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” ― Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near. He is real. He is not only aware of us but cares for us. He is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley
  • But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” ― Francis Chan
  • Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” ― C.S. Lewis
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Good Morning Prayers

We can think of these as good morning messages to Jesus. The best way to experience a blessed Monday is to focus on Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Prayers to Remove Obstacles

  • Heavenly Father, You are my light and my salvation! Whom shall I fear? I ask that you tear down every obstacle and stronghold in my life. Clear my path to embrace the amazing things that You have in store for me today.
  • Lord Jesus, Mondays can present unique obstacles. I pray that you remove every single one of them. Let worry fall away so that I can focus on You. Clear the right path, Lord!
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Prayers for Your Work

  • Dear Lord, walk faithfully beside me through this Monday morning. Show me Your divine purpose in each situation and the grace to respond with kindness. 
  • Father God, as I start this new week, lead me to walk it in faith and Your strength. Give me the eyes to see opportunities to encourage my coworkers and show them Your love.
  • Dear Heavenly Father, You have blessed me with work today. Whether in an office building, my home, or my community, let me see my work as Your work. Let me see others as You see them – wholly and dearly loved. Bless the work of my hands today, Lord. 

Your Loved Ones Need Prayers

  • Lord, You have blessed me with many loved ones to cherish. I pray Your protection and guidance over each of them today. Give them a sound mind to love and serve You.
  • Father, the plans of the devil are many, but none of them hold true power. Let Your power reign supreme in my loved ones’ lives today! Suit them up in Your armor to defeat every scheme of the devil.
  • Dear God, You love those whom I love so much more than I do. You created them and have unique purposes for each of them. Let them know You more deeply, trust You more completely, and follow Your purposes wholeheartedly.
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Prayers for Mental Health

  • Father God, I need Your Holy Presence. Set my mind on You to bring peace and calm to my mind. Thank you for covering me with the precious blood of the Lamb.
  • Lord Jesus, my mind is cluttered this morning. As I worship you, renew my mind, body, and soul. Lord, bring revival into my life for the glory of God.
  • Gracious Lord, the temptations of this world cause storms in my mind. I ask that Your tranquility and peace reign over the noise. Strengthen me, Lord, and uphold me with Your righteous right hand. 

Monday Morning Blessings

The most beautiful day (even a Monday) begins with counting your blessings. Reminding yourself of the grace of God and the great things He has blessed you with makes for a wonderful Monday morning.

  • Father, thank you for the health, sound mind, and strength that You alone have given me. Thank you for Your unconditional love and grace to navigate each day. Even when I fail, You will never give up on me. Thank you, Lord!
  • Lord Jesus, thank you for the beautiful nursery that You have provided to Your children. The sunlight, trees, flowers, and every good thing from nature soothe my soul and draw me closer to You. Thank you for the endless color, beauty, and life that we see blooming and growing in fields across the Earth. You have blessed me through Your creation!
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Bottom Line

Beginning your morning with prayer before you leave the house is an act of worship. It is the deliberate communication with the One who loves you most. 

God has your whole day in His hands. Spending time in prayer, devotion, and praise with a thankful heart leaves the past week behind you and sets up an amazing week ahead.

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Donna is a sought-after author, speaker, and Bible teacher. Her path from being unchurched to becoming passionate about sharing Jesus was not easy. Read her God-breathed journey: “From Unchurched to Becoming a Multi-Published Author and Sought-After Speaker.” If you want to send Donna a quick message, then visit her here.

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10 Powerful Prayers for Repentance and Restoration

Some people jeer at the mere mention of offering prayers of repentance. I used to be one of them. We tend to struggle with pride. And prideful people do not like to admit we’re wrong. 

Yet here is the truth as Christ-followers: God’s forgiveness, mercy, and grace are freely extended to everyone who comes to Him with genuine repentance. The Bible calls it a “contrite heart.” God wants to hear our prayers, including that daily hard prayer of repentance.

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What is Repentance?

The plain definition of repentance is  “deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing.” So true repentance begins as a posture of our heart. The key ingredient is the power of the Holy Spirit, who convicts you with godly grief.

Nothing hinders your prayers and intimacy with the Lord like unconfessed sin. I keep a journal of things I confess so that I can see how God is changing my heart and life.

Getting Real

It is vital to keep a short account of your secret sins (and public ones) to maintain a right spirit of sincere repentance. As soon as you become aware of a sinful attitude or blatant sin, don’t wait to lay it out before God. 

The longer you hold on to a destructive path of sin, a harsh tongue, or wicked ways, the longer you delay God’s abundant mercy to cleanse you.

His steadfast love means that it is your heavenly Father’s good pleasure to give you a clean heart once again. Making your prayer life a way of life brings endless times of refreshing from God’s grace. 

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What’s the Point?

Repentance has two primary purposes: (1) to acknowledge your sins, and (2) to invite you into deep examination of your choices and path of righteousness.

In repentance, you seek God’s forgiveness of sins and confess any evil way hidden in your heart. You may come to God with a broken spirit, but you receive His great mercy, forgiveness, and unconditional love.

In his 95 Theses, repentance was the very first item on Martin Luther’s list: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ [Matthew 4:17], he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” In fact, items 2 and 3 of Luther’s 95 Theses were also about repentance. Repentance was so important that it occupied the top three spots on his list. 

The point of repentance is not to constantly remind yourself of how bad you are. Repentance humbles you to acknowledge God alone as sovereign over your life. 

As you confess your sins, the act of repentance reminds you of the incredible goodness of your merciful God as He wipes the slate clean once again. God’s help and great love poured over you through the blood of Jesus are all the help you need.

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10 Powerful Prayers of Repentance

Each repentance prayer begins with God’s Word for a biblical foundation. Let’s run into the open arms of our dear Lord.

1 John 1:19 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, I confess my sinful nature and longing after the things of this world. I have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done and by what I have left undone. I have not loved You with my whole heart; I have not loved my neighbors as myself. Guide me, O Lord, along the right path all the days of my life. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me. Forgive me, renew me, and lead me, so that I may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Prayer #2

Psalm 51:1-2 – “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Prayer (directly from Psalm 51:3-4, 7-10): “For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You may be justified in Your words and blameless in Your judgment. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

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Prayer #3

Psalm 19:14 – “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” 

Prayer: Dear God, right now I cannot even discern the errors in my thoughts or ungodly intentions of my heart. But You see my inward being. Only You can see the truth in my secret heart. Cleanse me from any faults that I cannot see because You are a forgiving God. I confess and repent of those sins that I have intentionally committed. Free me from anything in my life that hinders my walk with You. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 

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Prayer #4

James 4:8-10 – “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”

Prayer: Lord God, what hope You give me in those words! I long to draw near to you, but my unconfessed sin stands in the way. I confess my sins to you right now and repent with sorrow. Bring a fresh awareness of the seriousness of my sin and how it separates me from You. My sin has caused that distance and I confess it now. I pray that Your mighty name be exalted in my life. Thank you for drawing near to me when I continuously pull away from You.

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Prayer #5

2 Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, each day I am surrounded by the sins of the world – and that includes pride. I have allowed pride to keep me from humbling myself before You. This world does not celebrate humbleness, but You honor it. Father, turn my face toward You. Cleanse me of pride and anything else that keeps me from seeking You. I pray that Your good things continuously show me a better way to live a new life centered on You.

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Prayer #6

Matthew 6:9-13 – “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Prayer: O God of my salvation, the “Lord’s prayer” that Christ Jesus taught the disciples demonstrates how You long for us to live free of guilt, sin, and unforgiveness. I confess my sins to you now, Father. Give me the tenacity and strength to mourn over and repent of my sin to continuously turn my heart toward You. Thank you for running after this prodigal son every single time.

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Prayer #7

Joel 2:12 – “Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess that I have put my agenda ahead of Yours. I have trusted my timing instead of Yours. I have trusted my own cleverness rather than leaned into Your holiness. And have not lived in a way that shows the glory of God in my life. Purify my heart, Lord. I ask for Your forgiveness. Set my feet on the right path that leads to the kingdom of heaven and intimacy with You. 

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Prayer #8

2 Peter 3:9 ​- “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

Prayer: Lord God, You could condemn the whole world, including me, at this very moment. Yet You want us to live eternally with You rather than perish in our sin. Father, I repent of my sins whether I know about them or I am blind to them. I find that repentance is painful, but my sorrow is a gift of Your grace that draws me closer to You. Thank you for loving me so much.

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Prayer #9

9) Acts 3:19 – “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, what hope this verse brings! You promise that when I repent You faithfully wipe out my sins and refresh me in the Lord. I confess my sins, whether known or unknown, and am heartily sorry for them. I humbly ask for Your forgiveness and desire for You alone to put my feet on the right path each day. Keep the Word of the Lord alive in my heart as I follow You all the days of my life.

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Prayer #10

10) 2 Corinthians 7:9-10a – “As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for working in me godly grief that produces true repentance that leads to eternal life. It is easy to follow the wrong path of worldly repentance where I’m only sorry that I got caught. Continue to give me a willing spirit toward good deeds and serving others in Your glorious name. My specific prayer is that you remove every thought or intention of my heart that does not draw me closer to You.

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Worldly Sorrow vs. Godly Sorrow

The Apostle Paul talks about godly grief and worldly grief (both known as sorrow). It is important to recognize the difference between these two kinds of repentance to determine whether you are offering genuine repentance – whether to God and another person. 

Worldly Sorrow

Worldly sorrow tends to focus on regret over the consequences of behavior. It says, “I’m sorry I got caught. I’m sorry I have to face the consequences for what I did.” It is sorrow over the consequences you face instead of sorrow over the hurt you have inflicted. 

Worldly sorrow is self-centered; it focuses on the suffering of “poor little me” as you face the consequences of your actions. It says, “Yes, I did that, but now nobody trusts me anymore. Everybody’s talking about me. Everybody’s mad at me.” Me is a key word with worldly sorrow.

Worldly grief produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10b).

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Godly Sorrow 

Godly sorrow says, “I’m sorry for who I’ve become. I’m sorry that I’ve become so deceptive and dishonest. I’m sorry for how my behaviors have hurt you and destroyed our relationship.” Do you see the difference? 

Godly sorrow owns up to the sin and focuses on how to repair the damage, inviting repentance and restitution. That’s why the Bible says godly sorrow leads to salvation and freedom. 

A person who exhibits godly sorrow is determined to walk away from the behavior and move toward repairing the damaged relationship.

I wrote an entire Bible study about forgiveness because it is vital to keep our hearts moldable in God’s hands. Godly sorrow is key.

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God’s Mercy

In His great mercy, God did not dismiss your sins as inconsequential. Rather, He added them to the weight of sin His Son bore on the cross for you, and He remembers them no more. 

When you separate God from vengeance and justice, the cross becomes superfluous. And the cross is anything but superfluous.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

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It is easy to spend your days pointing out other people’s sins and shortcomings. Spending time asking God to search your heart to convict you of your sin keeps you humble.

As a child of God, following God’s commandments and seeking the will of God are cornerstones to intimacy with Him.

If you have a hard time confessing sins, remember that His great compassion and love always welcome you into the presence of the Lord. God’s plan for your life is perfect. Lean in!

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Best Christian Prayer Room Ideas to Strengthen Faith

You can pray anywhere and everywhere. However, the day that I created a dedicated prayer space, God turbo-boosted my faith walk. 

As I began logging my prayers, I was able to look back to remember exactly what I prayed about. I could ponder how God had moved in those situations and easily see His fingerprints.

One of the best ways to take your prayer life to the next level is to create a dedicated space for serious prayer time. A stress-free zone. A prayer war room. Spiritual battles rage, so you need a prayer battle plan.

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Creating your own prayer room encourages you to set aside scheduled time in a quiet space to hear God’s voice through God’s Word.

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What is a Christian Prayer Room?

In today’s very busy world, a designated prayer space simply makes sense. Some days it is hard enough to focus on one thing at a time in your normal environment. 

You can easily be distracted by your “to do” lists, phones, work, chores, and many other necessities of today’s world. But Jesus calls you to look past this world and to set your gaze upon Him in Scripture.

Colossians 3:2 calls you to “set our minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” A prayer room is designated solely to pray and spend focused time with the Lord. Designating a prayer room or space is beneficial to a healthy Christian’s prayer life.

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Where to Begin

A great place to begin is to determine why you want a prayer room in your own home. Will it be to simply appear spiritual? That shallow reason is why I created a prayer corner years ago. Needless to say, it did not get much use.

But a lot of life has happened. I have been bruised, hurt, and broken by this world. I bet you have, too. We need a serious place to spend extended time with the Lord. My prayer space is the specific place where I spend intentional time with my heavenly Father.

So the first thing you need to decide is why you want a prayer room. I can tell you first hand, God has done some serious work in my life and through my life because of time spent in dedicated prayer.

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Finding a Small Room

I currently have a prayer corner in my study. I get distracted easily so choosing a small room or space is a great way to shut out distractions. 

If your children have left home, that spare room could be the perfect place for years of prayer. Do you have a walk-in closet that only stores junk? Think creatively and purposefully! 

I find that small prayer rooms or spaces are the best. That private space becomes a sacred space to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus without distraction. As you cover yourself, your whole family, and your loved ones with prayer, it will truly become the heart of your home. 

Jesus said: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:5-6).

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What Goes in a Prayer Room?

Once your specific area is selected, there are a few key items that need to be included in your prayer room.

First and foremost, you need a Bible. Since there are times when we literally pray God’s Word back to Him, a Bible is essential. There are many excellent Bibles available.

Second, keep track of your prayers. There are many different ways, including prayer cards, a prayer board, a prayer book, a bulletin board, or simply a prayer journal. Reading back over your prayers clearly shows how God is moving. Talk about a faith booster! 

Finally, Christian symbols and reminders of Christ are essential. These include crosses, your handwritten Bible verses, or even your favorite Christian art or a biblical scene. I have pictures of my Holy Land trips plastered all around. Looking at the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane as I pray is particularly meaningful.

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Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane

Personalizing Your Prayer Room

Now that your Bible and ways to record your prayers have been chosen, it’s time to focus on personalizing your quiet place of prayer. Whether your prayer space is an entire room or simply a special spot, there are beautiful ways to personalize it.

Design

Your prayer room should fit your life. If you love school supplies and organizational tools, surround yourself with Bible study materials, colored pens, journals, and fun pencil holders

If you are more artistic, think of painting wall art or filling the space with worship music. Your prayer space does not have to be elaborate, just to reflect you. God simply longs for us to spend time with Him in prayer. 

​Furniture

This will vary greatly depending on the size of your prayer room. Again, let it fit your personal style. You may have room for a comfortable couch or recliner with cozy throws. A writing table and chair may even fit.

For a smaller space, perhaps a large floor cushion or a comfortable chair with a lap desk fits perfectly. You could even find a padded kneeling bench. It is up to you, your budget, and the amount of available space.

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Lighting

If your eyesight requires plenty of light, outfit your space accordingly. Hanging lights, table lamps, floor lamps, and ambient light all work well according to how much light you need. 

Some people say that they need bright light in order to stay awake. Colossians 4:2 tells us: “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Personally, I love natural light or a soft lamp with a candle burning brightly close by. The key is creating a calm place to pray to remove the speed and anxiety of the world. 

Colors

God created an endless palette of colors to choose from, so choose what you love! Color is an excellent way to transform an empty room into your personalized space.

I love muted cottage colors, so there are a lot of blues, creams, and beige colors in my prayer space. Soft and inviting. If you love bright colors, go crazy! Simply put, make it a space where you long to spend serious time.

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Spending Time in Your Prayer Room

The ultimate goal of your prayer room is for the purpose of prayer. This is where you intentionally and diligently meet with the Lord to tackle life on every level. And there are a few other necessities for this space, as well.

Prayer

If you are new to prayer it can be daunting. Been there done that as a new Christian in my early 20s. 

I wrote two helpful resources about prayer that I hope you will find beneficial along your prayer journey:

Prayer truly ushers you into God’s presence. You may begin your prayer time with anxiety and angst, but His inner peace will fill you up as His love and grace replace all else.

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Scripture

Reading and meditating on Scripture on a daily basis is food for the soul. Knowing God in His Word informs every aspect of a Christian’s life. Losing track of time during quiet reflection of His Word is always time well spent.

Reading God’s Word reminds you of His promises, His love, and all He has called you to do in His name. Knowing Scripture strengthens your prayer walk as you come to know the biblical stories of salvation and spreading the Good News. God’s Word is His love letter to you.

Worship

Adoration of God is how you start your prayers. Worship music, ranging from traditional hymns to contemporary, helps you fix our eyes on Jesus. 

As you hear the melodies and sing those words to God, He reminds you of His goodness, faithfulness, and holiness. If you are not wired as a music person, spend time worshiping God by praying His psalms of praise back to Him.

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Bottom Line

Spending intentional time with the Lord is the whole purpose of a prayer room or prayer space. Over time, you will be amazed as you track your prayers and see how God chooses to answer them. 

I pray that your prayer room, however large or small, is a space where Jesus becomes the central focus of your life. Your prayer requests never fall on deaf ears. God is for you!

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What is Light? Biblical and Spiritual Characteristics

That meaning and characteristics of light are significant in the context of biblical history and theology. Scripture is clear that the power of God’s light expels darkness and all powers of evil. No darkness is equal to His great light. 

I am an avid gardener, so light is vital. But what are the biblical and spiritual characteristics of light?

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In the simplest terms, light results in removing darkness. Spiritually, light represents the contrast between God and evil forces, believers and unbelievers.

In the biblical context, every phase of light, from natural light in the natural world to the spiritual glory of the celestial, is found in Scripture. God “alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see” (1 Timothy 6:16).

Creation of Light

After God created the heavens and the earth, His Spirit hovered over the darkness (Genesis 1:1-2). Afterward, the first thing that God did was to illuminate the heavens and the earth.

  • And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day (Genesis 1:3-5).

This first illumination of the heavens and earth did not come from the sun. Natural light comes later in Genesis 1:14-18, which you can explore below. Scripture does not tell you where this original light came from, other than God.

Plants were created on Day 3, but the sun does not show up until the 4th day of creation. How can plants exist and flourish without sunlight? Yet we have “light” on Day 1. 

Perhaps one of the reasons God waited until Day 4 to create the sun was to demonstrate that He alone creates light. He alone is light and life. The sun is just one of many instruments in His hands. 

You and I worship the Creator, not what He created. In the Old Testament, God warned the Israelites not to worship the sun like the pagans (Deuteronomy 4:19). As God’s children, we do not worship the sun but God who made the sun. 

Characteristics of Light

According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, light is “the symbol and synonym of all that is luminous and radiant in the mental, moral and spiritual life of men and angels.” That is a fancy way of stating that light matters in every realm of life.

Light is represented in many ways, and thus its characteristics to illuminate dark places vary greatly. 

  • Natural light can be observed through the sun, moon, stars, and solar systems.
  • Artificial light can be represented by ancient oil lamps, candles, fire, and modern electricity.
  • Miraculous light is seen through Moses’ burning bush (Exodus 3) and the pillar of fire by day that protected the Israelites after they left Egypt (Exodus 13:17-22), among others.

Light and life go together in the bible as the product of salvation (you will see that more below). For the most part, light is an attribute of holiness that shines forth the glory of God.

Natural Light

The sun first appears in Genesis with these well-known familiar words: 

  • And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:14-18).

All of nature’s bright lights (sun, moon, and stars) appear here in Genesis and elsewhere in Scripture:

  • Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun” (Psalm 74:16).
  • To Him who made the great lights, for His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:7). 
  • “…before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain” (Ecclesiastes 12:2).
  • And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:5).

How does natural light affect us?

The characteristics of natural light in your daily walk are beauty, radiance, and life-giving. For instance:

  • The light of the eyes rejoices the heart” (Proverbs 15:30). 
  • Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun” (Ecclesiastes 11:7).
  • If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him” (John 11:9-10).

Life, joy, activity, and every blessing are dependent upon light. If you live in parts of the world where gloomy, dark weather descends during the winter, you truly understand the life-giving, joy-inducing effects of the sun. 

Light is Good

The Hebrew word that portrays light is evocative. God’s initial creative process begins in Genesis where the eternal God spoke (Genesis 1:2) and light appeared without hesitation. 

Before the beginning of time, light was the initial step of God’s creative spirit. Spiritually, physically, and mentally, all men stumble in the absence of light. 

Light is not in and of itself divine. However, it is used metaphorically for life (Psalm 56:13), salvation (Isaiah 9:2), God’s commandments (Proverbs 6:23), and the divine presence of God (Exodus 10:23).

Without light, darkness and chaos run rampant over all the earth. The term for darkness is used for the wicked (Proverb 2:13), as judgment (Exodus 10:21), and death (Psalm 88:12). 

Darkness evokes all that is anti-God. Moral man loses the right path when a plague of darkness shrouds him from God’s healing light. Light is good because:

  • God is the Father of light who dispels darkness: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17).
  • God is light: “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). 

The Light of Christ

The Apostle John wrote down in the New Testament these very words of Jesus: 

  • I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12)
  • As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).

Light is the revelation of God’s love in Jesus Christ. Christ’s love and light penetrate every life darkened by sin. That’s all of us.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:5-7).

Jesus is the incarnate Word of God, who has come as the light for all people (John 1:4-14). The light of Christ residing in us through the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to shine His true light into the darkest circumstances.

God is Light

Since light represents goodness in opposition to the evil associated with darkness, it is a natural step for the biblical authors to understand God, the ultimate good, as light. 

Your spiritual light and life can only come from God: “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light” (Psalm 36:9).

Light symbolizes our holy God’s loving presence, comforting protection, and incredible favor:

  • The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
  • The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone” (Isaiah 9:2).
  • For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Psalm 27:1 does not mince words: “Yahweh (Adonai) is my light and my salvation.” God’s presence is your source of light despite any darkness around you.

Light of Salvation

Why is Christ referred to as the light of the world? He answers that question directly: “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (John 12:46).

As a young adult, I experienced life without the light of Christ. I will never forget the hopelessness and darkness of life without His love and light. (See my story here.)

When I received God’s gift of faith and believed that Christ died for me, it was an incomparable JOY!

His Light Penetrates Darkness

God’s perfect love and light can penetrate and redeem even the darkest heart. Christ’s life and light shine forth the good news of eternal life for all who believe in Him.

Everyone who responds by faith to God’s light is ushered into a life in which darkness is dispelled. Specifically, salvation brings light to those in darkness:

  • The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).
  • In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).
  • You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you” (Job 22:28).

We are Sons and Daughters of Light

When you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior, you are grafted into His eternal family by faith: 

  • While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:36).
  • For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)” (Ephesians 5:8-9).
  •  For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or the darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).

Living as Children of Light

So, how are His children supposed to live with His light in us? How does living as a child of God look different from the rest of the world?

Paul intentionally contrasts the old life in darkness with new life in the light in Christ Jesus: 

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God…You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:17-18, 23-24).

What does that life look like?

Simply put, a believer’s words, thoughts, and actions are characterized by light: 

  • But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:21).
  • “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). 
  • Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).
  • He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:12-14).
  • But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Many bible verses in God’s Word refer to good deeds and good works as telltale marks of the children of God. People see the goodness of the Lord through the spiritual life of men and women. 

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You stand out, not blend in

As a child of the light, your old life stands in stark contrast with the new. As you rely on His strength each day, His light exposes and expels darkness.

The revealed will of God provides light to a believer’s heart, soul, and mind which results in holy guidance in a dark world (Psalm 19:7-10Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:130). 

Armor of Light

Satan can disguise himself as an “angel of light”. Do not be fooled. Satan does not have the light of God. The devil’s goal is your complete and utter destruction.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13).

However, God has given you His armor as the ultimate defense against Satan’s attacks: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

Pieces of God’s Armor

I wrote an entire eight-week Bible study on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20) because the thought of an invisible enemy attacking me 24/7 used to be flat-out scary. Here is what God has given you:

  • Belt of truth
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Shoes of the Gospel of peace
  • Shield of faith (to extinguish the enemy’s fiery darts)
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God)

God’s armor is not meant to hang useless in your spiritual closet. The enemy is powerful, so you wear God’s armor because you are God’s soldier. His divine light and protection covers you from head to toe.

God is light, who dispels the darkness of this world. Jesus came as the light of the world, breaking through the darkness of sin by His work on the cross. 

The first word of God is about light. The love of God is a shining light into a dark world. And a child of the light, you have the privilege of carrying His divine torch.

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Donna is a sought-after author, speaker, and Bible teacher. Her path from being unchurched to becoming passionate about sharing Jesus was not easy. Read her God-breathed journey: “From Unchurched to Becoming a Multi-Published Author and Sought-After Speaker.” If you want to send Donna a quick message, then visit her here.

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Christmas Bible Trivia Questions plus Free Printables

The whole reason for the Christmas season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Beyond the Christmas trees, Christmas movies, and Christmas parties, remembering the Christmas Story is vital.

These Christmas bible trivia questions are perfect holiday party games options for your Bible study group, Sunday school class, Women’s Christmas dinner, Advent gathering, or family game night!

Contents

Playing trivia games is a fun way to learn more about the Bible in a non-threatening environment as you blast the Christmas carols. They also introduce a little competition and fun activity interaction at your holiday parties. 

Small groups are better than large groups, but any age can play. The best part is that this free printable Bible trivia quiz provides a great way to learn both the Old Testament and New Testament.

Some of the Christmas bible quiz questions are easy. Most adults and kids of all ages would know most of the answers, but there are a few difficult questions that I had to look up!

Prophecy About Jesus’ Birth

The birth of Jesus was foretold centuries before He was laid in the manger. Before time began, God set in motion the perfect way that mankind could be saved from His wrath: a Savior.

The Savior to come would not be just anybody. Our Savior is God’s one and only Son! So here are trivia questions about the prophecy of Jesus’ birth, the names of Jesus, and His lineage.

  • Which Old Testament prophet said that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem?
  • Which King of Israel was Jesus Christ’s ancestor?
  • What name for Jesus means “God with us”?
  • Which book’s title in the Old Testament is a variation of Jesus’ name?
  • What Old Testament book makes the very first reference to Jesus?

Baby Jesus and His Birth

Knowing the circumstances of Jesus’ birth and the low status of Jesus’ earthly parents reinforces how our Savior came lowly to save all. 

Jesus could have been born in a palace with servants catering to His every whim. Yet He was born in poverty so that He would be accessible to all people.

  • What’s the name of the town where Jesus was born?
  • What was the name of Jesus’ mother?
  • Who was Mary engaged to when she became pregnant?
  • What was the name of the angel who told Mary she would give birth to Jesus?
  • How far did Mary & Joseph have to travel to Bethlehem?
  • What did Jesus sleep in after he was born?
  • Who was the emperor of Rome when Jesus was born?
  • Who was trying to kill baby Jesus?

The Shepherds

The shepherds on the hills of Bethlehem that night were no ordinary shepherds. 

These were Temple Shepherds tasked with tending unblemished sheep for the Temple sacrifices in Jerusalem not far away. 

It only makes sense that the shepherds who presented unblemished lambs to the Temple would announce to the world that the Unblemished Lamb of God had just been born!

These questions are included in the below free printable trivia game:

  • Who told the shepherds about Jesus’ birth?
  • What did the shepherds do after they heard the announcement?
  • Where did the shepherds find the baby Jesus?
  • After seeing Jesus, what did the shepherds do?
  • When the shepherds told Mary why they were there, what did Mary do?

The Wise Men

The wise men were magi from the East. They were known as the “kingmakers.” No one in the Medo-Persian empire was crowned king without their approval and consent.

They were kingmakers and accomplished astrologers. The stars revealed to them that there was a new king of the Jews. So they set out west.

These questions are included in this free printable game ready for your next holiday party:

  • Who were the “wise men”?
  • How many wise men were there?
  • What did the wise men follow to find Jesus?
  • What gifts did the wise men bring to Jesus?
  • How old was Jesus when the wise men showed up with their gifts?
  • In what town did the wise men find Jesus?

General Christmas Bible Trivia

Other than the categories above, there are important and fun facts to know about the Christmas Story. 

These are related to the birth and early years of Jesus that are relevant to the Christmas story. Good luck!

  • How many days after his birth did Mary and Joseph give him the name Jesus?
  • Where did Mary, Joseph, and Jesus flee to after Bethlehem?
  • What main book in the New Testament contains the story of Jesus’ birth?

Game Rules

It is always best to keep the game rules simple so that it is easy for younger players, as well. 

Pass out the game sheets and festive pens or Christmas pencils

Have one person call out the questions one at a time, giving time for all to answer.

​Check answers against the key, and the first person with the most correct answers wins! It’s always fun to offer prizes, too.

Bottom Line

Christmas is more than Christmas ornaments, singing a Christmas song (or two), eating a candy cane (or two dozen), and jingle bells

As Christians, we celebrate Christmas because it is the day that God put His promise into action to send a Savior to the world.

Because of Jesus’ birth, perfect life, death, and glorious resurrection, we have the hope of eternity for all who believe that He is Lord and Savior.

I pray that this fun game is a blessing for your Christmas get-togethers as you listen to Christmas music and celebrate the real reason for this holiday season: JESUS.

Merry Christmas blessings to you and your whole family!

FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS BIBLE TRIVIA GAME
FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWER KEY

If trivia or scavenger hunts are not your thing, here are some of my other favorite fun Christmas games.

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Donna is a sought-after author, speaker, and Bible teacher. Her path from being unchurched to becoming passionate about sharing Jesus was not easy. Read her God-breathed journey: “From Unchurched to Becoming a Multi-Published Author and Sought-After Speaker.” If you want to send Donna a quick message, then visit her here.

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Fun Christmas Trivia Game with Free Printable Quiz

The Christmas holiday season holds precious traditions. Amongst the delicious Christmas food, family traditions, and favorite Christmas songs, Christmas games are simply part of the festivities. 

Whether you’re gathering your entire family for family get-togethers or looking for holiday fun for your office party, here are fun Christmas trivia questions for all occasions (plus free printables and digital download). 

Contents

A lively Christmas trivia game provides your party guests with a fun activity for any holiday gathering or family game night. Plus, your more competitive guests will love the challenge! Scavenger hunts are a great option, but sometimes space and time constraints are not ideal.

The full, busy days of Christmas can be a tad hectic, so the best holiday game is also going to be a simple game. No hard work necessary! Holiday trivia games are also easy on the wallet, so a free printable game leaves spare dollars to offer a small prize or two.

As we gather near our festive Christmas trees with family and friends, fun games are a great way to put people at ease. So free Christmas trivia games are the perfect addition to your next holiday party!

To include fun for the whole family, a mix of challenging questions and easier ones make up great trivia games. These printable games are as simple as printing them out and passing them around. 

Christmas Carols and Songs Trivia

Singing at Christmas has always embodied the spirit of Christmas. The angels even sang at Christ’s birth! Here are trivia questions that include a popular Christmas song or two.

Question: In the song “Twelve Days of Christmas,” what is given on the third day?

Answer: Three French hens

Question: ​What Christmas carol includes these lyrics: “The stars in the sky look down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay”? 

Answer: Away in a Manger

Question: ​Since he didn’t have a white Christmas, what color of Christmas did Elvis have?

Answer:Blue Christmas

Question: What color was Rudolph’s nose?

Answer: ​Red

Question: In Elmo & Patsy’s funny song, who got run over by a reindeer?

Answer:Grandma

Question: Where was Mommy when she kissed Santa Claus?

Answer: ​Underneath the mistletoe

Christmas Movies Trivia

Christmas movies are an integral part of the Christmas season as much as jingle bells and Christmas decorations. Here are a few holiday movie questions to toss out.

Question: ​What did Ralphie want Santa to bring him in the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story“?

Answer:​ A Red Ryder BB Gun

Question:​ Why did Santa need Rudolph to guide his sleigh on Christmas Eve?

Answer:​ So the light from Rudolph’s nose could cut through the foggy night.

Question: In Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas“, in what state was the snow lodge?

Answer:​ Vermont

Question: On what street did Santa’s miracle take place?

Answer: Miracle on 34th Street

Question: ​What is the name of the mean, stingy man in “A Christmas Carol“?

Answer: Ebenezer Scrooge

Question: In the 2003 movie “Elf“, where does Santa’s sleigh crash?

Answer: ​Central Park

Question: In “Frosty the Snowman“, what made Frosty come alive?

Answer: ​Magic hat

Christmas Food Trivia

Christmas food is not simply about eating rich, lavish meals. It’s about sharing uninterrupted time with our loved ones as we appreciate the special, festive time we get to spend together.

Each of us has at least one favorite food that we like to see during the Christmas holidays. They have the power to ignite cherished memories of simpler times.

Question: Which fairy tale served as the inspiration for the first gingerbread houses?

Answer: Hansel and Gretel

Question: What country did the candy cane and gingerbread house originate from?

Answer:​ Germany

Question: What do the shape and color of candy canes represent?

Answer: They are shaped like a shepherd’s staff (or a “J” for Jesus); white represents the purity of Jesus and red represents the blood He shed for us on the cross.

Question:​ What beverage is also known as “milk punch”?

Answer:​ Egg nog

Question: What do American children traditionally leave for Santa by the fireplace?

Answer: Milk and cookies

Question: ​What do Swedish children traditionally leave for Santa?

Answer:​ Coffee

Santa and North Pole Trivia

The North Pole has long been famous for being the home to Santa Claus and year-round Christmas festivities. But what else do we know?

Question: Who lives at the North Pole other than Santa Claus? (list at least one)

Answer: ​ Mrs. Claus, Santa’s reindeer, the elves

Question:​ Who did Santa bring back to life?

Answer: A melted Frosty the Snowman

Question: ​What is Santa called in the United Kingdom (England, Great Britain)?

Answer: ​Father Christmas

Question:​ How many reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh?

Answer: ​Nine (original eight plus Rudolph)

Question: What are the names of Santa’s original eight reindeer that pull his sleigh?

Answer: ​Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen

Christmas Nativity Trivia

The story of the Nativity is the story contained in the Bible about Jesus Christ’s birth. Since His birth is why we celebrate Christmas, how well do you know the story?

Question: How did the shepherds in the fields hear about the birth of Jesus?

Answer: ​Angel’s announcement

Question: In what city was Jesus born?

Answer: ​Bethlehem

Question: ​Where did Joseph and Mary live before Jesus was born?

Answer:​ Nazareth

Question: What was the name of the angel who told the Virgin Mary that she would have a child?

Answer: ​Gabriel

Question: What gifts did the wise men bring to Jesus?

Answer: Gold, frankincense, and myrrh

Christmas Facts Trivia

Question:​ What US agency officially tracks Santa Claus as he delivers toys on Christmas Eve?

Answer: ​NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command)

Question: ​How many times does Santa Claus check his list?

Answer: ​Twice

Question: ​What does Santa’s belly shake like?

Answer: ​A bowl full of jelly

Question: What does Santa leave in naughty children’s stockings on Christmas morning?

Answer: A lump of coal

Bottom Line

Since Christmas time can be somber for some people, trivia games are a fun way to bring laughter to every face. These Christmas trivia game printables are easy to download for instant fun at your next Christmas party. 

The Christmas story is one of hope, salvation, and redemption. And it’s also FUN. Merry Christmas!

FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS TRIVIA GAME SHEET
FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS TRIVIA ANSWERS

If trivia is not your thing, here are some of my other favorite Christmas games.

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Best 2023 Advent Bible Reading Plan with Free Printable

During Christmastime, it is easy to get caught up in the busyness of the Christmas season. In the midst of traditions such as decorating a Christmas tree, we can forget to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus. You need an Advent reading plan!

This Advent Bible reading plan helps us focus on God’s Word and His beautiful gifts to us during the Advent season – despite the busyness of the season.

Contents

What is Advent?

While you may see a chocolate Advent calendar or one made out of Legos serving as a countdown to Christmas in the secular world, Advent for the church is more than just a countdown to Christmas.

The word “advent” is from the Latin word for “coming” (adventus). In simplest terms, it describes the arrival of Jesus as a baby in the manger. During the month of December followers of Jesus around the world reflect on the nativity story and what the birth of Christ means for our faith. 

Jesus’ birth and the Christmas story are best reflected in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2:1-21). If you attended Sunday school class as a child, you probably learned the real meaning of Christmas in the New Testament.

However, the Old Testament contains God’s promises concerning the coming Messiah in Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. So the Sundays of Advent comprise the four weeks leading up to Christmas Day. In 2023, Advent begins on Sunday, December 3rd, and ends on Christmas Eve.

What Part of the Bible Should I Read During Advent?

The true story of Christmas is contained in these portions of the Bible: 

This Advent plan that walks us through daily Scripture readings for your Advent study time. It is a great way to know the real reason for our Advent journey this holiday season.

Why Do Christians Read Scriptures During Advent?

Christmas exists to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Reading daily Scriptures is not a random tradition of Advent. Rather, those words remind us why this special season exists: to celebrate the birth of the promised Messiah that God foretold from the beginning of time.

Glittery decorations are very festive and contribute to the beautiful things of Christmas. However, we celebrate the best gift of all in the true reason for the season: Jesus Christ.

He came to offer the hope of eternity with Him for all who believe that He came, lived a perfect life, died, and rose again to secure a place with Him in heaven. 

How to Celebrate Advent

Traditionally we gather at church or at home around an advent wreath with four candles in the wreath and one candle in the center. These candles represent Jesus Christ as the light of the world. Traditionally, three outer candles are dark purple, one is lavender and the center candle is white.

Although you may enjoy a traditional Advent wreath you can also use any five candles and be as creative or simple as you like for your family or church!

How to Use These Advent Resources

There are Scripture readings each day of Advent: December 3-24, 2023. You can read these on your own or with your family. 

If you have a little more study time some days, read the Bible verses and chapters surrounding the daily readings to better understand the context of what you are reading.

On Sunday, gather your family (friends, roommates, Bible study group) together (or you can certainly do it alone) and read through that week’s Bible passage list while lighting the next candle on your Advent wreath. This provides a beautiful reminder of the true meaning of the season, rather than ticking off items on a Christmas shopping list.

Advent Bible Reading Plan

I’ve created this FREE DOWNLOAD containing the Advent reading plan, Just print it out and tuck it into your Bible to read during Advent. Print it out and by all means, share it! 

Connect to my ministry Facebook page to read the short daily Advent devotions that go with each day’s Scripture. Here are the days of readings from Scripture at a glance. 

First Week in Advent

  • December 3: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
  • December 4: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him.” (Isaiah 11:1-2)
  • December 5: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
  • December 6: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:23)
  • December 7: “And the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.'” (Luke 1:26-27, 31)
  • December 8: “But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.'” (Matthew 1:20)
  • December 9: “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.” (Luke 2:8)

Second Week in Advent

  • December 10: “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'” (Luke 2:10)
  • December 11: “And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a multitude of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God. (Luke 2:12-13)
  • December 12: “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)
  • December 13: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
  • December 14“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see that which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:15-16)
  • December 15: “So they hurried and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” (Luke 2:16)
  • December 16: “When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:17-18)

Third Week in Advent

  • December 17: “All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:18-19)
  • December 18: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem…wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.” (Matthew 2:1)
  • December 19: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2)
  • December 20: “And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.” (Matthew 2:11a)
  • December 21: “Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11b)
  • December 22: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1, 4-5)
  • December 23: “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” (1 John 5:11)
  • December 24: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

You Can Do It

An Advent Bible reading plan provides a meaningful way to reflect and center your heart on Jesus during the season of Advent. 

If you get behind on your daily Bible readings, simply skip to the appropriate day – no need to make up. The key is being intentional about seeking Jesus during this season.

Don’t worry about doing it perfectly. Intentionally setting aside time to spend with Jesus in His Word is the greatest gift of Christmas! 

Merry Christmas!

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Powerful Prayer for God’s Protection from Psalm 91

There is no reason to beat around the bush. You and I are facing serious times of trouble in the world, communities, and families. A prayer for protection from the Word of God is key.

Times of uncertainty in today’s world can threaten your safe place and sense of comfort. However, Christ’s followers understand that God’s Word and His divine protection offer hope in difficult times.

It is helpful to be reminded that the shelter of the Most High stands unwavering against the terrors of the night. Your prayer life does not need to cease in times of famine (whether spiritual, mental, or physical). God’s word is Spirit-filled.

If you are not comfortable with prayer, you don’t have to try to think of any new prayer point. You can simply pray the words already contained in the Bible right back to God.

Here are powerful prayers that you can pray for God’s presence, His hedge of protection, and great comfort in your daily life despite fierce lions and dangerous situations.

The Soldier’s Psalm

Psalm 91 is sometimes called “The Soldier’s Psalm.” It is one of the most powerful chapters in Scripture as a prayer of protection.

I recently contributed the forward to a brand new devotional from my publisher that focuses solely on Psalm 91 for peace and protection. Here is the beautiful cover.

God’s children experience daily warfare on the spiritual battlefield—both large and small. Some days you shout for joy when God brings victory. Other days exhaustion settles in and you wonder if you have the strength to endure. 

God’s inspired words tucked in this psalm of protection provide you with confidence in Almighty God when doubt and weariness step onto the battlefield in this world today. 

On those hard days, God wraps Psalm 91 around your heart and mind like a protective shield. He reminds you that He has not abandoned you to fight alone or unprotected. 

Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki

God’s Promises in Psalm 91

Three players interact in Psalm 91: a believer (verses 1-2), an audience of encouragers (verses 3-13), and God (verses 14-16). 

The first two verses provide a humbling example of how to proclaim unwavering trust in God as your shelter and refuge. This beautiful statement of faith flows from a life thankful for His divine protection! 

When the Lord is your dwelling place, no evil, plague, or darkness ever triumphs. The Name of the Lord is mighty to save! Pray these words back to Him as a strong reminder:

  • Loving Father, you promised: “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my Name.” (Psalm 91:14)
  • O Lord, on the days when I struggle, help me remember: When I call to You, You will answer me; You will be with me in trouble; You will rescue me and honor me. (Psalm 91:15)
  • ​Dear Jesus, today and every day: With long life You will satisfy me and show me Your salvation. (Psalm 91:16)
  • O Commander of the heavenly host, you promise: A thousand may fall at my side, ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come near meI will only look with my eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. (Psalm 91:7-8)

Prayers For A Place of Safety

Even though intense battles seem never-ending, you can trust that God is your strong tower. God’s angels stand guard over you at His command. Picturing that truth– actually envisioning His protecting shield in your mind—provides the strength you need to stand in times of great need.

The words of Psalm 91 provide the perfect Bible verses for the most powerful prayers of protection. Simply pray in the first person as you say these words directly to your dear Heavenly Father:

  • Dear Lord, you promise that: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” (Psalm 91:1-2)
  • Father, remind me each day that: “He will deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover me with His pinions, and under His wings I will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:3-4)
  • Lord, only you can faithfully: “…command His angels concerning me to guard me in all my ways.” (Psalm 91:11-12)

Power of God Prayers

The Soldier’s Psalm concludes as God reassures you that He’s got this. He’s got you. He promises to deliver you from fear and trouble today, tomorrow, and into eternity. 

If you are struggling with feeling His divine presence in our fallen world, these Psalm 91 verses provide power and a sense of comfort through the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray the words back to Him:

  • Father God, “I will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.” (Psalm 91:5-6)
  • O God, “Because I have made the Lord my dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall me, no plague come near my tent.” (Psalm 91:9-10)
  • O Lord, “I will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent I will trample underfoot.” (Psalm 91:13)

Prayers of Protection from the Word of God

Refuge awaits all who take shelter under His protective care. All who hold fast to Him in love. All who know His name. Consistent Bible study is a vital tool for knowing these truths.

Here are key verses from both the Old Testament and New Testament containing the faithful promises of God. They are a beautiful source of comfort as you pray His words back to Him:

  • Dear God, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
  • Father God, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
  • O Father, I will: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Lord Jesus, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Prayers for Peace

Lasting peace only comes from God the Father. Despite war, natural disaster, destroying plague, perilous pestilence, or anything else, every child of God can rely on His peace that passes all understanding.

Grief is a natural part of life when dark days happen. God collects every tear in a bottle. But grief is not how your faith life ends. Your story begins and ends in HOPE thanks to Jesus’ life, death, and glorious resurrection.

Pray these words back to Him:

  • Thank you, Lord, for promising: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
  • I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • Father, help me remember: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Keep a Prayer Journal

Prayer is powerful, and you have the privilege to come to the Lord with what is on your heart and spilling down your cheeks. 

Logging your prayers and being watchful of how the Lord is moving equips you. It cuts through the noise of everyday life to find fullness in the presence of God.

I have kept a prayer journal for years. It provides a way to walk with purpose along my faith journey with my eyes open to the leading of the Lord.

If you are new to keeping a prayer journal, here is a FREE DOWNLOAD to get you started. Just print and go! Also, here are some of my favorite journals

When you call on the mighty name of Jesus, He will answer, He will rescue, and He will show you His salvation. 

A vibrant and faithful prayer life reminds you daily that you are the precious children of God. In that most intimate relationship, you enter into the secret place of the Most High and find rest in the shade of the Almighty. 

There is no terror of night or fowler’s snare in the whole world that the blood of Christ has not already defeated. In your times of need, the Lord Jesus Christ is your High Priest and holy hiding place. 

I wrote a popular Bible study about the armor of God that you may find helpful, as well.

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Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Gratitude and Thankfulness

As Thanksgiving approaches, hearts turn toward giving thanks for the good things Christ Jesus brings us daily. His steadfast love sees us through each day regardless of difficult times. Learning Bible verses of gratitude and thanksgiving are key.

Why Give Thanks?

Thankfulness to our great God expresses gratitude for all that He has done for us. Give a great shout in a loud voice! The glory of God and His wonderful works accomplish great things. 

The perfect gift of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice and the constant presence of the Holy Spirit tell of His unwavering, unconditional love for us. Each of us has a hungry soul, a longing soul, to experience God’s love in our everyday life because it may be missing everywhere else.

A heart of gratitude and thankfulness allows the peace of Christ to rule over our lives. All of us can use peace, can’t we? Especially around big holidays when a busy schedule and family/church commitments rush in. Try keeping a gratitude journal!

Is Giving Thanks Important?

Offering God thanksgiving is an integral part of our faith life. Through it, God strengthens our faith, nurtures a thankful heart, and opens our eyes to His wondrous works and wonderful deeds.

The name of God is above every name. We have a voice of joy to express our thanks through the Spirit. Whether through a good report, a psalm of praise, or joy despite hard times, the Lord of lords is faithful to provide for our every need.

Gratitude helps us remember every good gift and abundant grace that the Most High has bestowed on us. These thanksgiving scriptures will help you express gratitude to the God of heaven.

25 Bible Verses for Giving Thanks

Here are some key verses from the Word of God for this Thanksgiving Day or any time with a voice of gladness. I have included several translations so that you can pick the ones most meaningful to you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

ESV: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

KJV: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

NIV: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

NLT: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

2 Corinthians 9:15

ESV: “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!”

KJV: “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

NIV: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

NLT: “Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!”

Psalm 103:1-4

ESV: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.”

KJV: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”

NIV: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins    and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.”

NLT: “Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.”

Psalm 119:1-8 

ESV: “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!”

“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.”

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.”

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!”

Colossians 2:6-7 

ESV: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

KJV: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

NIV: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

NLT: “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Hebrews 13:15-16

ESV: “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

KJV: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

NIV: “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess His name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

NLT: “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”

Isaiah 12:4-5

ESV: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”

KJV: “Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.”

NIV: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.”

NLT: “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the nations what he has done. Let them know how mighty he is! Sing to the Lord, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”

Ephesians 5:18-20

ESV: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

KJV: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

NIV: “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing songs of praise from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

NLT: “Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

James 1:17

ESV: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

KJV: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

NIV: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

NLT: “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”

1 Chronicles 29:12-13

ESV: “Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”

KJV: “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”

NIV: “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.”

NLT: “Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!”

Hebrews 12:28

ESV: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”

KJV: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

NIV: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

NLT: “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”

Colossians 3:15-17

ESV: “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with a grateful heart. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

NLT: “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

Psalm 118:24

ESV: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

KJV: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

NIV: “The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.”

NLT: “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 95:1-5

ESV: “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for he made it, and His hands formed the dry land.”

“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.”

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.”

“Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.”

Philippians 4:4-7

ESV: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

KJV: “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

NIV: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

NLT: “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

1 Chronicles 16:34

ESV: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

KJV: “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

NIV: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

NLT: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”

Psalm 107:1-3

ESV: “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.”

KJV: “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; and gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.”

NIV: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

NLT: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. For he has gathered the exiles from many lands, from east and west, from north and south.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

ESV: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

KJV: “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

NIV: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

NLT: “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

Psalm 50:14-15

ESV: “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

KJV: “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”

NIV: “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

NLT: “Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”

Psalm 28:7

ESV: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

KJV: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

NIV: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

NLT: “The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”

Acts 4:33

ESV: “And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and the grace of God was upon them all.”

KJV: “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

NIV: “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all.”

NLT: “The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.”

Jonah 2:9

ESV: “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

KJV: “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.”

NIV: “But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.'”

NLT: “But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”

2 Corinthians 9:11

ESV: “You are enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

KJV: “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”

NIV: “God enriches you in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

NLT: “Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.”

Ephesians 5:4

ESV: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

KJV: “Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”

NIV: “Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

NLT: “Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.”

Philippians 1:3-5

ESV: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

KJV: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now.”

NIV: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.”

NLT: “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now.”

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About the Author
Donna is a sought-after author, speaker, and Bible teacher. Her path from being unchurched to becoming passionate about sharing Jesus was not easy. Read her God-breathed journey: “From Unchurched to Becoming a Multi-Published Author and Sought-After Speaker.” If you want to send Donna a quick message, then visit her here.

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