Stepping Stones

A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski.

Hey everyone. I hope you enjoyed the November devotional. If any of it seemed too long I’m sorry. Also I saw some mistakes in the last devotional. I must have skipped some keys. On a better note though, it’s almost time for Christmas! Cookies, family, gifts, traveling, giving, receiving, Christmas movies, candy, Kieflies and (for me at least), convincing my family I am Polish even though I don’t like Kieflies. For those who don’t know, a Kieflie is an eastern European dessert and my dad is partly Polish so I’m stuck with it. Anyway, this month’s devotional is going to be light I think. But then again I’m usually not that good at estimating things.

When we think of December we automatically think of what I just listed above. Though sometimes we forget what Christmas is about; celebrating Jesus’ birth. Though he may not have been born in December. I don’t know and experts probably think they know but really only God knows. If I seem ignorant, I apologize. History gets warped and switched. Back to subject. It never ceases to amaze me how Christmas commercials come on earlier every year. We get caught up in the rush of the holidays and we can sometimes put God aside. It’s hard to make time for him. I get that. For me it’s reading, Facebook, Criminal Minds and reality shows on TLC. We see things all over the internet but especially Facebook about putting “CHRIST in Christmas.” That’s awesome that people want to do that but sometimes you wonder are they for real? Are they really that unashamed of God to speak like that and share it on their profile or whatever? The answer is different for every person. Some people may post it to keep up a facade that they want people to believe is the real them. I know that quite a few of my friends boldly post God on their status and there are some who may just be going through the motions. But I don’t know that for sure so I’m not going to assume they’re faking it. Me, I’m not so bold. I don’t know how many people are bold or not. That depends on who you are and whether you’re reserved or not, God can still use you for his works. Sure people say you need to be bold about your belief but its not that easy and often what people say we should be isn’t the best.

Don’t be ashamed of who you are. Some of you may be fine with preaching and being bold and that’s awesome. God gave you that personality. But if you’re reserved that’s fine too. Being outspoken though isn’t bad if you’re quiet. God does put you outside of you comfort zone but it helps you grow. That’s something I’ve had to come to terms with. Your life is yours but God made it. And obviously if we fall out of His way, life can suck. But ultimately, how we live is our choice. God wants us to serve him of our own free will. All of you probably already know that but it’s important that we remember it. Not only for now but for our future. So, with that said I think its time to get onto the verses. One last thing; I hope you guys enjoy this devotional and have an awesome holiday season. 🙂  Happy reading!  ~Michaela

Dec.1. Prov.19

Dec.2. Dan. 8; John 1:12

Dec.3. Ps. 10; John 15:15

Dec.4. Phil.1:3-10; Rom. 5:1

Dec.5. Acts 2:14-28; 1Cor. 6:17

Dec.6. Acts 2:29-41; 1Cor. 6:19-20

Dec.7. Zep.2:4-7;  1Cor.12:27

Dec.8. Eph.1:3-8; Ps.4:8

Dec.9. Ps. 119:25-32; Col.1:13-14

Dec.10. Ps. 119:97-104; Rom.8:11

Dec.11. Prov. 20

Dec.12. Heb.4:14-16; Ps. 119:9-16

Dec.13. Rom.8:31-39; Isiah 1:11-20

Dec.14. Col.2:9-10; Col.3:20.

Dec.15. Phil.1:6; Isaiah 3

Dec.16. Phil 3:12; Matt.5:13-16

Dec.17. Prov.21

Dec.18. Isaiah 45:5-9; Eph.2:6

Dec.19. Jer.1; Gal.4:1-7

Dec.20. 1Cor. 5:17-21

Dec.21. Ps.119:161-168; 1 Cor. 3:16

Dec.22. Ps.121; Eph.2:6

Dec.23. Prov.22

Dec.24. Luke1:26-38; Luke1:46-56

Dec.25. Luke 2:8-20

Dec.26. Phil 4:13; Ps.77

Dec.27. Acts 9:1-19

Dec.28. Ps.119: 65-72; Eph.2:10

Dec.29. Prov.23

Dec.30. Judge 21:25; 1 Cor. 6:17

Dec.31. Matt 7:1-12; John 15:15



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