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April Motl Christian Blog and Commentary

Be A Light - Day 20

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    April Motl is a pastor’s wife who loves to laugh, loves her man, loves to talk on the phone entirely too long and most of all, loves her Lord. Collaborating with the efforts of her husband Eric, the two of them share a ministry dedicated to bringing God’s Word into the everyday lives of married couples, men and women. April has been privileged through her own church and ministry outside her local body to share God's Word with women ranging in ages and stages, across denominations, and walks of life. April is a graduate from Southern California Seminary and has written for Just Between Us Magazine, Dayspring's (In)courage, and The Secret Place and also writes regularly for crosswalk.com, iBelieve.com and Women's Ministry Tools. For more information, visit Motl Ministries at: www.MotlMinistries.com

  • 2015 Dec 20
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Day 20 of the Be a Light: 25 Days of Sharing Jesus with Your World series.
May the Lord magnify His name through your life this Christmas season and always...

Day 20
Party with a purpose! Invite coworkers, neighbors, friends over for a party and also invite some Christian friends who are prayed up, ready to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading and have a heart to share about Christ. Pray for God to move and see what doors He opens for you and your believing friends to unabrasively to share His Good News with those who need Him. I've hosted parties like these and seen the Lord open conversation that was natural and uncontrived, seeds were planted and watered with gentleness. Often, a person doesn't want to come to church, so this is almost like bringing a tiny bit of church to them in a party package :)

If you want a little more Biblical inspiration - read the story of Esther to see how another woman "threw a party with a purpose!"

Day 19
Visit a rest home with a Christmas tea party, an offer to pray for their needs, and a little reminder of the true reason we celebrate the season (I know a very precious lady in our church who has done this in years past!)

Day 18
Visit your local Children’s hospital with carols, toys or something to brighten their spirits and fix their eyes on Jesus as their hope.

Day 17
Purchase a ticket and invite a friend to a CYT or Lamb’s Players event this Christmas. Art gets to places in the heart where words don’t reach. Read more here

Day 16
Write a family Christmas letter and instead of rattling off this year’s promotions, accomplishments or troubles, give a testimony of God’s faithfulness and grace over you and yours. Give Him the glory for every good thing and praise Him through each trial!

Day 15
Take church invites to Laundromats, library community board, auto repair shops, local restaurants, preschools, etc. Day 14 Neighbor gifts – add tract, sermon on cd, or note with a Bible verse. Read more here…Day 13 Prayer walk your neighborhood. Download a prayer guide and read more here

Day 12
Invite a friend, coworker, neighbor to church – our church makes special invites for the Christmas season and also has email/fb/twitter links to pass along church event info – ya can’t get much easier than just fb posting an invite to a church event! Statistics show it takes about 8 times for a person to be invited before they say “yes” to attending church. Keep inviting… without badgering, of course 😉

Day 11 Homeless help. Keep gift cards for fast food/ restaurants in your glove box with tracts to give to the needy people on the streets that the Lord leads you to give to–this way the help won’t get used for drugs or alcohol. Read more here…

Day 10 Care packages – take care packages to your local women’s crisis center, a homeless center or to assist a sex-trafficking care center. Read more here…

Day 9
Listen. After recently reading through the Gospels, I noticed how often Jesus listened to people. Sometimes listening is a great act of service to someone. And as you listen, you will hear heart needs that are open doors to share the Answer to all our heart needs. Without listening we might miss those doors. Read more here…

Day 8
Serve. Look for ways to serve your family above and beyond what’s “expected.” Especially if you visit family members who don’t know Jesus, pray for God to show you opportunities to serve them. Read more here…

Day 7
Pray about “adopting” a Compassion child – if you and your children select a child together, begin praying over him/her and make sacrifices together to minister to that little one, it just might be the best Christmas gift (after salvation, of course) you could give or receive! Click here to learn more about adopting a Compassion Child…

Day 6
Guard you heart from the worldliness of gifting and decorating that might steal away from Christ being your center. I’m not saying gifting and decorating aren’t a fun and sweet part of celebrating the Greatest Gift, just guard against letting the pressures and stresses of the season rob you of love, joy, peace and patience. In the middle of the hustle and bustle (and often selfishness and rudeness accompanied with long lines, busy shoppers, traffic, etc) the Holy Spirit’s love, joy, peace and patience in your life will testify of Christ to those around you. Click here to read more…

Day 5
Consider your Christmas traditions and how they might reflect Christ even more. Elves, Santas, Sugar Plum fairies and such aren’t necessarily bad; they also aren’t necessarily good even if they’re fun. Pray about how you can best honor the Lord in your celebrations. By fostering Christ honoring traditions, you are passing on a heritage that is eternal to your family. Your children and grandchildren are wired to learn from you/be influenced by you in a special way – pray for God to show you opportunities to share Him with your family. Read more here…

Day 4
Obey. A life of obedience to Christ is the best witness! Too often Christians have used the name “Christ follower” without letting the reality of that statement into the depths of their daily living. When we live so inconsistently the world around us views us as hypocrites. As the saying goes, “Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.” Our actions do indeed speak more loudly than our words! Read more here…

Day 3
Be ready. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to have a ready answer when someone asks us why we hope in Christ. I can say from sad experience, there’s been a few times I simply wasn’t ready! Study up, pray up and if God leads, be fasted up for the opportunities God has prepared for you to share Him. Read more here…

Day 2
Care. People don’t care how much (or what) you know until they know how much you care. Ask the Lord to show you ways you can be His hands and feet to reflect His caring heart toward those who need Him this Christmas season (and always). Read more here…

Day 1
Pray. I know it sounds overly simplistic, but without our moment by moment abiding in Christ we can’t bear a single ounce of fruit! So ask God to lay specific people on your heart, write their names down and commit to pray for them everyday through this season. Read more here…

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