Come and join us for a 30 day Faith Dare with Debbie Alsdorf! Our focus is spending devotional time each day focused on the importance of Christmas. We had a great deal of fun last week in our Wednesday night live Facebook event as we discussed Living IN! Tonight we’re discussing “Living OUT” based on the Faith Dare devotional by Debbie Alsdorf. Come join us even if you’re behind on the reading…let’s celebrate the JOY of Christmas together and the end of 2015!
Faith Dare Christmas Study
- Dec. 2- Faith Dare Introduction
- Dec. 9- Faith Dare Week 1 Discuss Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2
- Dec. 16- Faith Dare Week 2 Discuss LIVE UP! Days 1-10
- Dec. 23- Faith Dare Week 3 Discuss LIVE IN! Days 11-20
- Dec. 30- Faith Dare Week 4 Discuss LIVE OUT! Days 21-30
Faith Dare Christmas via Facebook
Join Christine Abraham, Stasia Nielsen, and Sonya Nelson each week as we fellowship and have an informal Faith Dare conversation online.We meet on the “Event page” Wednesday Nights at 6PM Pacific, 7PM Mountain, 8PM Central, 9PM Eastern. Put a reminder on your smartphone with a repeat alarm. Let’s celebrate with Christmas JOY.
Faith Dare Christmas Week 4 Message From Debbie Alsdorf
Guest Blogger Debbie Alsdorf
I just landed at the airport. As we were making our descent I was struck with how little the world looks from this view. Gazing down I imagine people like ants, racing along the little roads in bug size cars that are taking them to their miniature houses. Life doesn’t skip a beat, it moves with a rhythm—day in and day out synching up with people that God created and loves.
And though life races along day by day…life is short. None of us are in a dress rehearsal. Today when you woke up, you had some choices to make about how your are going to live out this day in your one and only life. Being you were created to love God and love others, perhaps that’s where we start and stop….over and over again.
Each of us are in God’s development process. We are women in life-long development. Day by day, situation by situation, step by step, God is working in us. We might not see his work, but he is at work, completing the good work that he started in our lives ( Philippians 1:6)
All of the next dares have to do with how we treat other people. They are challenging and practical. They might grate against your flesh, snap your very last nerve and frustrate you….but if you will push yourself to explore your heart and expose your actions before the Lord, you will experience God in the practical place of relationships.
Loving people sounds poetic and lovely until we have to love a real person who disappoints us. Forgiveness is great in theory but harder to practice when there is a real person or situation to forgive. Putting others first sounds heroic and spiritual until we just don’t want to do it! You get the picture!
My prayer has been to love from the center of who I am, and if the center is ugly and negative, then the outflow will not be that of the beauty of Christ. Being accountable for my mouth is to love in a way that impacts the center of me.
Years ago I had a friend who stopped at a mini-mart while on a road trip. Looking for some quick energy she picked up a candy bar, and continued on her way. Without looking at the candy she ripped into the wrapper and sunk her teeth into the chocolate…only to find that in the center were maggots. Yuk.
The chocolate was wrapped right, appeared to be the right thing…but the center was spoiled, rotting with bugs. In the same way, we can look right, appear to be the right-Christian, and be spoiled on the inside of us…rotting away with things unspeakable or with things spoken in private conversations, ugliness can permeate us from the center place.
This last week is the time to pay attention to your mouth, your words, your attitude, and the idea that kindness in speech can be a blessing to help in the wholeness and healing of other people.
Can I change things by worrying over them? No, but just as the world below me looked so small from the plane tonight, my problems seem little when seeing things from above the problem rather than trying to push up from underneath.
I hope you have enjoyed setting aside 30 days towards having a more focused heart. It is my prayer that the ripple effect of these dares will begin to draw people to Christ through you. Bless you, my sisters, together our lives can make a difference. Because, Jesus is the difference maker!
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If you are unable to attend the live events each week, post your comments below.
- As we enter a New Year, we have the opportunity to forgive past offenses. Complete this sentence: If I neglect to forgive, then I’m in bondage to (what)?
- Pride does not to overlook an offense while grace reveals “Christ in me.” When is the last time you overlooked an offense? What helped you to overlook the offense and respond with humility and grace?
- Kindness is another characteristic of Christ. Think of an act of kindness that blessed you in the past. Why did that bless you? How can you pay it forward and bless another person?
- Which of the faith dare’s had the most impact on you during our study?