Does the holiday season conjure up images of perfect families, perfect lives, and perfect loves?
Few of us measure up to those standards, so we sometimes feel a degree of angst, disappointment, or even depression during the holidays.
If God chose us and called us for a purpose, as the Bible says, then why aren’t our lives perfect? If we were in God’s plan, wouldn’t life be easy sailing? Does our struggle to overcome obstacles mean we are out of favor with God?
A perfect family with perfect lives?
A couple thousand years ago, God chose two young teens to parent the divine child—the promised Messiah, the Son of God. Along with that holy calling came all kinds of difficult circumstances. Joseph and Mary experienced shame and disgrace, an unmarried pregnancy, questions, doubts, fears, poverty, and childbirth during travel. They also fled as fugitives and lived as refugees in Egypt to protect Israel’s Most Wanted—the holy child, Jesus.
What if you could accept your life as messy, inconvenient . . . and perfect?
Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional will help you embrace the messy parts of life as part of God’s calling for you. Just because God chooses you, doesn’t mean things will be easy.
God puts you in challenges that allow him to work through you in amazing ways. Let him meet the challenges of life through you because his burden is light.
May these devotional readings give you hope and courage to face the challenges God has placed in your life. Have a wonderful Christmas!
Don’t miss what God wants to do in your life this Christmas.
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About the Author
I’m Christy Bower. I enjoy creating resources to make the Bible fun and easy, such as my series of Crossword Bible Studies. I also have bipolar disorder, so I also create products to make it fun to apply the Bible to our mental health, such as my Crazy Grace Biblical Affirmation Decks.
I have a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Twice I have been named “Writer of the Year” from American Christian Writers. I live in northwest Montana, where I enjoy the slower pace of life. It’s a writer’s dream!
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