Veronica Badowski, author and a dedicated contributor to our "Faith in Caregiving" series, inspires us to embrace faith in caregiving and cultivate an overflowing sense of gratitude.
Genesis 22:15-18 New Living Translation 15
Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven.
"This is what the Lord says: "Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”
Note: Jesus, our Savior, is descendent of Abraham. Jesus' birth, His sacrifice on the cross for our sins, blesses all believers from all nations.
16 John 3:16 NKJV
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Matthew 1:21 New King James Version
"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."
Christmas and every day of the year are times to be joyful and thankful for our Lord's amazing plan to save each one of us from our sins through His Son, Jesus. Those of us who have accepted Jesus as our Savior are forgiven of all our sins and our blessed beyond measure. Now we can have a personal relationship with God forever.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His Spirit (the Holy Spirit), comes to live in our hearts. If we cooperate, His Spirit grows us to be more and more like Him in all we think, write, say and do. What changes have you noticed in yourself as you seek to cooperate with the Holy Spirit?
PRAYER FOR YOU AND ME
Father God, thank you for planning all along to save me from my sins through Your Son, Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Your love for me is more than I can comprehend. Guide me through Your Spirit with the right words and actions so others around me may come to know and believe in Your Son as their Savior. Amen.
TAKE AWAY: OUR GREATEST JOY AT CHRISTMAS is remembering Jesus' love and why He came to earth.
We are blessed to have Veronica Badowski, author of,Treading Water with God, Lessons in Love While Care Giving, and Holding One With God, and God Thoughts for Busy People 365 days of Meditation, as a regular contributor of this site. I hope you will find her posts inspiring and comforting. If so, her books are full of inspiring stories the will help the family caregiver along their caregiving journey.
Embracing Faith and Thankfulness in Caregiving
In our ongoing "Faith in Caregiving" series, we have the pleasure of featuring Veronica Badowski, a writer whose insights and devotion continually inspire us. In this edition, Veronica invites us to explore a profound aspect of caregiving: the integration of faith and a deep sense of gratitude. Drawing from the rich tapestry of Biblical teachings, she connects the principles of faith with the selfless act of caregiving, illuminating how these spiritual lessons can guide and enrich our lives.
The scripture from Genesis 22:15-18 (New Living Translation) sets the foundation for this exploration. It recounts the moment when the angel of the Lord commends Abraham for his unwavering obedience, promising immense blessings and the assurance that through his descendants, notably Jesus Christ, all nations of the earth would be blessed. This passage resonates deeply with the theme of caregiving, emphasizing the virtues of obedience, sacrifice, and the far-reaching impact of our actions.
Further delving into the Christian faith, Veronica reflects on John 3:16 (NKJV) and Matthew 1:21, reminding us of the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the redemption of humanity. These verses reinforce the idea of sacrificial love and service, core tenets that resonate powerfully within the caregiving community.
As we approach the Christmas season, Veronica encourages us to find joy and thankfulness in the Lord’s plan for salvation through His Son, Jesus. This message is particularly poignant for caregivers who embody the spirit of giving and selflessness daily. She prompts us to reflect on our personal spiritual journey and the transformative impact of accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, exploring how this shapes our thoughts, words, and actions.
The article includes a section for personal meditation and a prayer, inviting readers to contemplate their spiritual growth and seek divine guidance in their caregiving journey. Veronica’s message culminates in the powerful takeaway: Our greatest joy at Christmas and beyond lies in remembering Jesus' love and the purpose of His earthly mission.
This piece promises to be an uplifting and thought-provoking addition to our series, offering both spiritual nourishment and practical wisdom for caregivers and all who embark on the journey of faith and service.
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