Christmas Devotional Day 2



Christmas Devotional for Women Day 2



Christmas Devotional Day 1 has been adapted from the book Christmas Devotional by Dr. Miriam Kinai.

Bible Reading

After Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be expecting a Child of the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband to be, not wanting to make her a public spectacle, thought of ending their relationship privately. (Matthew 1:18-19)



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Bible Lesson

The Bible does not tell us that Mary thought of ending her pregnancy because it had brought problems to her life and complicated her relationship to Joseph.


Therefore, do not think of terminating the ministry or business that God has inspired you to start in an attempt to solve the financial, relationship or other problems that began with its inception.

Instead of focusing on the new problems that are cropping up in your life, focus on fulfilling God’s call on your life and commit to delivering what God has deposited inside you.



Christmas Devotional Day 2

Prayer

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me complete the task You have entrusted me with so that I can deliver what You have deposited inside me to those You have sent me to. 



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Bible Verse Meditation

Stir up the gift of God that is in you. (2 Timothy 1:6) 



Stir up the gift of God that is in you. (2 Timothy 1:6)























Christmas Devotional Day 1




Christmas Devotional for Women Day 1


Christmas Devotional Day 1 has been adapted from the book Christmas Devotional by Dr. Miriam Kinai.

Bible Reading

The birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be expecting a Child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband to be, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public spectacle, thought of ending their relationship privately. (Matthew 1:18-19)



Christmas Devotional Quotes

Bible Lesson

Mary experienced a big problem before the first Christmas because her relationship with Joseph was threatened by the fact that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.

This problem of Mary teaches us that sometimes when God enables us to conceive “things” inside us like ministries through the power of the Holy Spirit, the way Mary had conceived Jesus, we may encounter problems in our personal and even professional lives.

Therefore if you are facing big problems because of doing what God has called you to do, do not give up on your calling. Continue being obedient to God and trust that He will work it out for your good just like He did for Mary.



Christmas Devotional Day 1

Prayer

Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to help me not give up on my ministry because of these problems that I am facing. Father God give me the strength to carry on doing what you have called me to do so that I can fulfill my life’s purpose.



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Bible Verse Meditation

All things work together for the good of those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)



All things work together for the good of those who love God and those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
















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How to Bring Down the Walls of your Jericho







How to Bring Down the Walls of your Jericho

The walls of Jericho stood between the Israelites and their Promised Land. They were hindering them from gaining possession of the land that God had promised them.

According to historians, these walls were very large but God gave the Israelites a recipe for bringing them down. 

He told them, "You shall march around the city ... once for 6 days ... But the seventh day you shall march around the city 7 times and the priests shall blow the trumpets ... When you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a  great shout then the walls of the city will fall down flat." (Joshua 6:3-5)

Therefore if something is stopping you from taking possession of what God has promised you, follow this Jericho recipe by doing the following:

1. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) about the issue every day from Monday to Saturday. 

2. On Sunday pray about the issue many times and as you praise and worship God in Church, shout about your issue to God and believe that the problem is being destroyed because it is written that By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for 7 days. (Hebrews 11:30)

This does not mean that all your problems will be solved in 7 days. It is just a simple prayer recipe to remind you to pray about your problems every day of the week and then be especially aggressive in your prayers when you are in Church on Sunday praising and worshiping God. 

Also note that this is an encircling prayer where you surround the problem with your faith-filled prayers and then believe that God will move on your behalf.







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Life Lesson 10 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow





Life Lesson 10 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow



Life Lesson 10 from Prophet Elijah and the Poor Widow

God Uses Imperfect People

As the widow displayed her obedience by going to get the water, Elijah called out to her and gave her the next instructions when he asked her to bring him a piece of bread. (1 Kings 17:11)

This shows us that when God speaks to us either directly through prayer and His Word or indirectly through His prophets, we have to obey the first set of instructions He gives us if we want Him to move on and give us the next set of instructions.

We can also see that this obedience does not even have to be in actually doing the thing but in preparing to do it because the widow did not actually bring Elijah water, she displayed her obedience by Going to get it. (1 Kings 17:11)

Therefore when God asks you to do something, begin taking the necessary steps for doing it because obedience to the first set of instructions can lead to the next set of instructions where your miracle may lie like in this woman's case for her miracle was in being provided with food and not water, during the famine.


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Christian Teenage Stress Management



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This blog post on Christian Teenage Stress Management is dedicated to answering the questions on top youth topics that I receive from youth who are stressed. Please book mark the page as I will be adding new content as I answer more teen stress questions by using principles from the Bible, medical relaxation techniques and life skills adapted from the book Managing Stress for Teens by Dr. Miriam Kinai.
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Top Youth Topics - How to Pass an Exam



Christian Teenage Stress Management Question 1 by Youth
How to pass my exam?

Answer by Christian Counselor Dr. Miriam
To ensure you pass your exams, do the following:

1. Pray
Pray and ask God to help you just as He helped Daniel and his 3 friends For these four young men God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. (Daniel 1:17)

When their schooling was over, Nebuchadnezzar The king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (also known as Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego) … in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them 10 times better than all (Daniel 1:19-20) the other students.

We can also see that God also gave Bezalel wisdom and understanding to excel in his craft for He said, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri … and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge and in all manner or workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood and to work in all manner of workmanship.(Exodus 31:2-5)

Therefore pray and ask God to give you wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill so that you can pass your exams. For example you can pray the following prayer:
Heavenly Father I ask You in the name of Jesus to give me wisdom, knowledge, understanding and skill so that I can pass my exams with flying colors.


2. Do your best
Do your best for Daniel distinguished himself … because an excellent spirit was in him. (Daniel 6:3) Therefore decide to excel in everything that you do from paying attention in class to doing your homework excellently and studying superbly.

This means that you must do the right thing at the right time even when your parents/guardians, teachers or prefects are not watching you. Do not hunch over your books and pretend to be studying regardless of whether you are in a day or boarding school because Daniel and his 3 friends were studying away from their parents and yet they excelled. 


3. Manage your time
Manage your time well to ensure you have a time to study … a time to sleep … a time to eat … a time to laugh … a time to keep silence (Ecclesiastes 3)

Ensure that you therefore wake up early in the morning to study instead of tossing in your bed for As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed. (Proverbs 26: 14)


4. Study consistently
Study consistently by setting specific study times each day and keeping them.
For the best results, summarize the key points of each topic from your class notes and textbooks in a revision exercise book each weekend while the lessons are still fresh in your mind as this will reduce your revision time when the exams draw near. E.g. In mathematics, write down the formulas for each topic with one example of how to apply it.  

As you study, take 15 minutes breaks after studying for 1-2 hours to rest and replenish your energy. You can take a walk, chat, eat, or drink water.


5. Sleep adequately
Sleep for 7 - 9 hours each night to rest your body and avoid sleep deprivation which results in poor concentration and low retention.


6. Commit your work to God
After you have done your best preparing for your exams Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established. (Proverbs 16:3) To do this you can say the following prayer:
Heavenly Father I come to You in the name of Jesus and I commit all the work and studying I have done this term. I ask that You bless it dear Lord and help me to pass my exams.

© Managing Stress for Teens by Dr. Miriam Kinai.

To learn more read Managing Stress for Teens which teaches the youth how to deal with the common causes of stress in adolescence by using Biblical principles, medical relaxation techniques and life skills.
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