Be Joyful , Patient , and Faithful

The holidays are here, which means that it is a busy and stressful season for most.  The holidays can bring a mix of emotions for many people.  For some people it brings happy memories and traditions, for others, the holidays can trigger not so great memories, or even loneliness.  Some have lost loved ones, or have encountered major change in their lives.  Whatever situation that you see yourself in, it is important to not get sucked into the hustle and bustle of this time of year.  I want to challenge you to memorize the following verses:
"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."
 Philippians 4:6-7

When you start to feel stressed or anxious about anything, stop and pray.  When you pray, thank God for the positive things in your life.   Then specifically ask God for help to align your thoughts to His.  When you do that, you will experience God's peace.
 I want to challenge you to write a list of things that you are thankful for, (even the smallest things).  Keep adding to the list daily.  Keep this list with you and when you are in a difficult moment, pull it out, read it, and pray.  This will take the focus off of the situation and back on God.  No matter how difficult your life may be right now, we all have many things to be thankful for.  
 Remember the acronym for JOY:
J - Jesus
O - Others
Y - You
Put Jesus first in your life, others second and yourself last; then you will experience JOY in spite of your situation.  I want to challenge you to do something special for other people this month.  Please share what you did, so we can have awesome ideas to do too!  
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
Monica Michels
 Kid's Life Coordinator