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Kim Potter: "Let's Simplify Christmas"

Kim Potter
Dec 24, 2022

From the Desks of Steve Shultz and Julie A. Smith:

Steve ShultzWe sure enjoy reading Kim Potter's articles that she sends out on a daily basis...they are filled with very practical and personal messages for us to grab hold of.

Yes, this time of year can get very, very busy...and this is an excellent reminder from Kim:

Simplify Christmas – celebrate Christ. Bring Him glory this season! And let all you do be done in love. For after all, He IS love.

Steve ShultzWe couldn't say it any better!

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The Best Gift Ever

I can hardly believe it is almost Christmas! It seems impossible, but here it is. I love this time of year. I love Christmas. I love giving – not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.

I know Christmas is not all about giving, but in a way it is. God so loved each one of us that He gave all He had: His only begotten Son and all that went along with Him. What a privileged people we are! He is and always will be the best gift ever!

A Different Kind of Year

This year has been different for me. I have a picture that hangs up over my fireplace which says, "Simplify Christmas – Celebrate Christ."

Those words are what I choose to remember each year – this year even more.

This year, although I love the lights and decorations of Christmas, it hasn't held its normal appeal for me. I have wanted this Christmas to be simple. I decorated in a simple fashion this year. I got my shopping done early and made way to simply enjoy the season with my loved ones and celebrate Christ...or so I thought.

Giving to Those on God's List

Once I thought I was finished, God began to talk to me about giving this year. He instructed me to give gifts to a list of people that I don't normally give gifts to. He wanted them to know how special they are. Therefore, I went shopping again and found gifts for each person on HIS list. I had my daughter Breanne wrap them and I put them in the mail. (Photo via Unsplash)

Proverbs 11:24-25 says, "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered."

1 Peter 4:10 says, "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." One freely gives, yet grows all the richer. This is what I experienced as I was searching for the perfect gift for each person on His list. I was enriched...I was watered.

Once that task was completed, He continued to talk to me about giving. It seemed everywhere I turned there were needs. But God is faithful, and He always makes the way for the needs to be met...if we are willing to be that vessel.

What I Have Learned About Giving

It is God who puts giving in our heart. Giving comes from the same heart that love and kindness come from. I have learned this: the more I seek God, the closer I get to Him, and the more I want to give to others.

That is what Jesus Christ is all about. God loved us so much that He gave (John 3:16). We too should love others so much that we are compelled to give. We should love God and His people enough that when He tells us to bless others, we don't question it, we simply obey. We obey with joy and excitement at what the gift will mean to the recipient.

What Does Christmas Mean to You?

I don't know what Christmas means to you. For some people, it only brings stress. It should not be so. We give from our heart. It doesn't even have to cost money. We can give a smile, a hot meal or simply sit and visit. Loving one another is the best gift we can give.

I love a surprise, don't you? Can you imagine the joy when someone unexpectedly gets a gift that came straight from the heart of God? I can! And it brings me great joy! I believe it brings God joy as well.

As You Celebrate Christmas, Do This...

This year, as you celebrate Christmas, take a moment to ask God what He would have you do. Ask Him who He wants you to bless. Maybe there is someone He wants you to give a gift to in His honor; if so, do it. I promise you will be enriched as you do.

Honoring others through giving is a powerful seed to sow. The Christmas season is a great time to honor those who have sown into your life all year long. It's a great time to show them you care and appreciate the gifts they have poured into your life. (Photo via Piqsels)

Simplifying Christmas

May you each have a merry and blessed Christmas! May Christ pour out His goodness on you as you celebrate Him. Keep Him as the center of your home this holiday season...and as the center of your heart.

We are believing that you will finish strong this year and begin the new year with joy unspeakable and full of His your home, in your body, in your family and in your finances. To God be all the glory!

Simplify Christmas – celebrate Christ. Bring Him glory this season! And let all you do be done in love. For after all, He IS love.

Meditate on this: "For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

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Kim Potter
A New Thing Ministries


Kim Potter is the founder of A New Thing Ministries, which sends a daily teaching to over 10,000 people all around the world. Her articles have appeared on The Elijah List, Charisma, Spirit Fuel and Kim's message is one of hope. She speaks to the heart of those who have grown discouraged and disappointed by the circumstances of life and imparts the desire and ability to stand against all odds; to stand for victory. She encourages people to press into God and discover that He is who He says He is.

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