Charlyne Cares for Kids


Are you standing for the restoration of your marriage? A daily devotional that will offer encouragement from God’s Word as you stand for the restoration of your marriage.

The Best Gifts

Christmas Day is almost upon us and I’m betting you’ve seen grown-ups scurrying around at the last minute, looking for the best gifts. Maybe you’ve been doing some “best gift” thinking yourself. We want our gifts to tell the person we’re giving them to, “I thought of you when I saw this.”

But some of the best gifts don’t come from the store. They’re not advertised in a flyer, seen on TV, or taken from the shelf. Instead, these gifts come from your heart.

Generosity – This is the time of year when people really need our help. I know you have seen the big black buckets and heard the ringing at the entrance to many stores. How many times have you passed that black bucket, thinking you don’t have enough to share or that someone else will give? Why not you? Even if it’s just a few coins, God can take what little we give and multiply it. He loves a happy giver.

While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box. Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them. For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”  Luke 21:1-4 (NLT) 

Kindness – This is the time of year when kindness is in short supply. There are just too many things to do, too many places to be. But giving the gift of kindness doesn’t take much. A simple thank you, helping someone with their packages, baking some cookies for the widow across the street, offering to shovel sidewalks or watch toddlers so their parents can shop in peace. These are small acts of kindness that can make a big difference for someone.

“Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. It will be poured into your hands—more than you can hold. You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”  Luke 6:38 (ICB)

Encouragement – This is often an overlooked gift. And it can be given so easily. A “way to go” when a classmate receives an award, a “you can do it” when a friend is learning something new, an “I believe in you” when someone is facing a tough situation, a hug when someone is feeling down.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 15:5-6 (NLT)

Forgiveness – This gift is often difficult to give. It’s hard to forgive someone when we have been hurt and even harder to forget. But think about how you have been forgiven. When we confess and repent, God removes our sins from us, as far as east is from the west. Not only does He remove them, He doesn’t remember them. Is there someone in your life who you need to forgive? A friend who told your secret or a teacher who gave you a bad grade you didn’t think you deserved. Maybe it’s Mom or Dad in need of your forgiveness. What a wonderful gift to give them this year.

For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.  Psalm 103:11-12 (NLT)

Prayer – Jesus has told us to take everything to the Father in prayer. He has promised to listen and, even better, to answer. Sometimes prayer doesn’t change the situation right away, but it always changes us. You can give no greater gift to your dad or mom than to send up prayer on their behalf. The Lord loves families and He loves to hear and answer the prayers of His faithful children.

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.  James 5:16 (NLT) 

Just a few more days and we will celebrate the greatest gift of all, God’s only Son sent to earth as a baby so that we could have hope of eternal life. Can you just imagine what that gift was like! And just as the angels and shepherds and wise men celebrated this gift, we celebrate it too, over 2000 years later. Have a glorious Christmas and may the Lord bless you with the best gifts.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:8-12 (NLT)

God bless


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