Guest Post by MariLee Parrish, Christian Author and CEO of Mommy Bag Marketing
“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2:10-11)
The wise men gave Jesus gifts of great value as an act of worship.
Does worship ever cost you anything? Have you ever given God something of value to you? I’m not just talking about money. It could be the cost of time. Or it might be giving up a relationship that has a negative impact on you.
God doesn’t want us to only worship when it is easy for us. He wants every part of us… and that will usually cost us something. God wants us to worship in Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
Heavenly Father, help me to worship you with all of my heart. Show me what it means to worship you in Spirit and in truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Make it a point to have family night at least twice a month this coming year. Have each family member take turns planning the activity and the menu. Even your youngest ones will have something to contribute. One time a month, have a surprise guest night. Whoever’s turn it is to plan the evening is allowed to invite one or two secret guests that the whole family will enjoy having over….grandma and grandpa, a cousin, a Sunday school teacher, etc. The rest of the family can take turns asking questions to try and guess who is coming.
Taken from 31 Family Devotions for Christmas by MariLee Parrish copyright 2008 by Barbour Publishing