"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."~from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

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Sunday, December 25, 2022


"Jesus, Happy birthday!*

Thank You so much for being willing to humbly live life here on Earth as a human being, starting as a helpless baby. Your sacrifice means the world to me because it truly changed everything. I can have a personal relationship with my Creator because I’ve been rescued from the chains of sin and darkness. I praise You today and every day! May I dwell on You and share You with those around me on this special day. Amen."

[from Dayspring]

Love is Found in Knowing
as my Savior

His Divine Love

Lamentations 3:22 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.” 

Mark 10:21 “Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” He said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

John 15:13 ”Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

1 John 4:7-12 "This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us” 

There is no shortage of Bible verses on Love. 

Here are some links:

50 Beautiful Bible Verses about God's Love & Loving Others 
(Woman's Day)

Inspirational Bible Verses about Love

108 Bible Verses about Love

(search in The Voice version)

Love at Advent/Christmas
(search at Bible Hub)

"God is Love, right? There is a whole chapter devoted to the theme of love. (1 Corinthians 13)  What greater way to celebrate God’s love for us than with these Advent Love scriptures!"

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.  Love will never become obsolete. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (The Voice)

Hope, PeaceJoy and Love 
are found in

... the True Meaning of Christmas
... Seeking Rest
... a Heart Full of Thanks
... the Wonders of This Season
... Forgiveness of Sins
... the Little Moments
... the Trials
... Serving Others
... Spiritual Growth
... Remembering Who You are in Him
... The Quiet Stillness
... Giving
... the Sweet Time with Precious Friends
... Hidden Blessings
... a Faithful Father
... Living with an Eternal Perspective
... Our Sufferings
... the Simple Things
... Times of Peace
... a Comforting God
... Seeing Jesus in Others
... All the Fun and Excitement
... the Eyes of a Child
... Knowing Jesus Will Return
... Knowing Jesus as Savior

[*Joy is underlined because the original author of this used Joy for all of them with Prayer Prompts.]


This is how I decided to use this for


and knowing that

my heart is








that's Jesus first, Others second, the Yourself

for sure you cannot forget yourself

because you must be preparing

and taking care of God's gifts

to you & in you


to pour out and for His purpose & plan

for you 

so that





 "Love is a gift; a gift from God. At Christmastime, we as Christians believe that God's greatest gift of Love IS Jesus, the Savior of the world."

John 3:16

Lighting the Candle of Love with all the Rest and the
"Christ Candle"
in the center of the wreath

John 1:14


Jesus' Love
shines ever so brightly
if you let

Jesus' Love Came Down
for you and for me
to pour out
His Love
and continue until
for you


Have you given your heart to Jesus?

Have you prepared your heart
and are you ready
if JESUS comes

for your loved one?

for the stranger on the street?

How can you show God's Love to others in need 
this Christmas and throughout the years to come?

Hope, Joy, Peace, Love
be yours & your loved ones
Merry Christmas!
~ Peggy ~

*when I read this prayer in "O Holy Night" YV reading plan provided by Calvary Chapel (FLA), I knew it was the exact prayer that I wanted to pray on Christmas Day & share here. 

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