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Saturday, December 24, 2022

PREPARING ... with LOVE (24)

Week of December 18 - 24


December 18 

 Love "... is Found in the Simple Things"

this actually, originally read

"Joy is Found in the Simple Things"

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!"

(suggested readings on Love for this week)
  • Reading 1: John 3:16-17 
  • Reading 2: John 15:9-13 
  • Reading 3: 1 John 4:7-11 
  • Reading 4: 1 John 4:17-21 
  • Reading 5: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 
  • Reading 6: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 
  • Reading 7: Ephesians 2:4-7


I will be adding to the following days each day:

December 19

Love is Found in Times of Peace.

and might I add 

Found in Times of Joy & in Times of Hope

"Lord, please grant me peace as we come into these last few days
to prepare (our hearts) for the glory of Your birth.
Bring peace of mind, body, heart and soul.
Remove anything that is causing strife
or pulling me away from You."
Show me Your Love in times of Peace.
Wrap me in Your loving arms.
Help me Love others
as You Love me
and as You
each of them.
Love others through me.

"For God so Loved..."

December 20

 Love is Found in a Comforting God

"You are my greatest source of comfort, Oh God!
In times of stress or grief, I know You fully control my life
and wrap me in Your loving arms"

I place any and all the places in my life that 
need Your Comfort still
especially at this
time of the
give it all
to You for Your
tender comfort and
loving healing.
find Your Love
in Your Comfort always
O Lord
in this season and whenever
I come to You for Your Comfort
surrounded by Your unfailing Love
Your sweet mercy & grace
that is so aMazing!


December 21

Love is Found in Seeing Jesus in Others


being Jesus to Others


"Father God, You created us all differently & uniquely.
I long to see the best in others and see You in them.
Please restore any broken
and help me love them as You do."

I submit to You, Lord 
as You reveal each one,
show me the restoration needed still
and guide me in the part I have.
Keep me vigilant in being
showing His Love
to others.


December 22

Love is Found in All the Fun and Excitement

I often forget to enjoy & have fun!

"Reignite that passion inside of me."

Let me truly enjoy You, Jesus

in each moment 

this season


December 23

Love is Found in the Eyes of a Child

that's for sure

"Lord, I want to experience this sweet season 
through the eyes of being Your precious and beloved child. 
Remind me of Your Love as I celebrate the birth of Your Son"

December 24

Love is Found in Knowing Jesus Will Return

Hebrew 9:28

This gives me so much Hope, Joy and Peace!

Thank You Jesus!

My heart's waiting in anticipation expectantly!

I think it is better prepared now.

I'm ready! EmojiEmoji 

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

Lighting the Candle of Love

which is perpetually lit by Jesus every day

that we shine for Him, I pray

John 3:16

Jesus' Love

shines ever so brightly

Jesus' Love Came Down

for you and for me!

Added Love Divine to my reading plans


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

What Christmas Carol or song or hymn reminds you of God's Love?

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