My idea of Christmas...is very simple: loving others. 
Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that? 
―Bob Hope

I wish you Merry Christmas!
Be blessed! 






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 9:5 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
-John 3:16 

So not only in Christmas but always open your heart to receive the greatest gift ever:
GOD'S ETERNAL LOVE.
Be filled with His love as He loves you so very much. 

And if you don't yet have a personal relationship with God pray this simple prayer and give your life to God:


"Dear Lord, 
I need you. 
I know I am a sinner and I am sorry for my sins.
Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you.
I want You in my life. Come into me.
Jesus, I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior.
Thank You for loving me and saving me.
 In Jesus' name I pray.
Amen."
Amen! If you just prayed that prayer congratulations-you are born again and saved!
God loves you!
♥ 
 
  


I think that too often I don't remember to be truly thankful for everything God has done IN ME.
So often we would like to see immediately the final result of a change or finished things but it's a process...
 And it's good to remember that God works in us and for our good and that we can look forward to more of His goodness.
Be blessed!
♥ 

Today I was listening to this song from Bethel music: You make me brave...
and I was just picturing in my mind the waves...how they come one after another...and I just imaged as it says in the song that God's love really crashes over me a wave after wave...So beautiful! 
Listen to this beautiful song and be encouraged: 
GOD IS FOR YOU AND HE MAKES YOU BRAVE!

"You Make Me Brave"

I stand before You now
The greatness of your renown
I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you
King of Heaven, in humility, I bow

As Your love, in wave after wave
Crashes over me, crashes over me
For You are for us
You are not against us
Champion of Heaven
You made a way for all to enter in

I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let You draw me out beyond the shore
Into Your grace
Your grace

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way

You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the promises you made
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way 
-Bethel Music


In the same way, let your light shine before men, 
so that they may see your good works 
and give glory to your Father in heaven.
-Matthew 5:16

So let your light shine today! :)
Have a blessed day!
 
Father,
in the middle of the storm I am setting my hope on You.
Thank you that you fight for me!
Amen.



I will praise the Lord at all times;
    his praise is always on my lips.
-Psalm 34:1 

Give God praise! Thank Him!
Maybe your circumstances appear to be upside down, but
have faith and thank God that He is fighting for you! 
 

Hi!How are you? 
So December is here... 
Have a blessed month and remember to trust in God's unfailing love-
love that moved God to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue you.
xox


Once again a beautiful song with great lyric...
Listen to it and be encouraged!

I have this hope
As an anchor for my soul
Through every storm
I will hold to You

With endless love
All my fear is swept away
In everything
I will trust in You

There is hope in the promise of the cross
You gave everything to save the world You love
And this hope is an anchor for my soul
Our God will stand
Unshakeable

Unchanging One
You who was and is to come
Your promise sure
You will not let go

Your Name is higher
Your Name is greater
All my hope is in You

Your word unfailing
Your promise unshaken
All my hope is in You

-Anchor by Hillsong
I have always loved the idea to have a thanksgiving day. Unfortunately in Italy we don't celebrate the thanksgiving day, but it doesn't matter :we don't need a special day to give thanks.
We can do it everyday and actually we should do it everyday, 
because giving thanks always bring us home to the heart of God! 

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; 
to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.
 ~ES Martin

"If you let something steal your thanksgiving,
 you let something steal your joy, and if you let something steal your joy, 
you let something steal your strength."
-Ann Voskamp

Complaining doesn’t change a thing! 
But choosing a thankful attitude 
can help me enjoy a perfectly lousy day. 
-Joyce Meyer

Being thankful and giving thanks is powerful! 
So today be thankful for your family, for your friends, for all the things God has given to you.
And most importantly:


Happy Thanksgiving!

"Jesus I Come"

Oh how I need Your grace
More than my words can say
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In all my weaknesses
You are my confidence
Jesus I come Jesus I come

I will rise stand redeemed
Heaven open over me
To Your name eternally
Endless glory I will bring (oh)

Oh what amazing love
We need Your cleansing flood
Jesus I come Jesus I come
In every broken place
You are my righteousness
Jesus I come Jesus I come

Thank You Jesus
Just as I am I come
Hallelujah
Oh what amazing love 
 
-Elevation Worship

Keep your love on and love the one you married!

Sometimes it's very hard to keep your love on, but it's possible to have a healthy relationship both with God and with other people.
Pray and ask God to help you to keep your love on!

You can also make a quiz to figure out how do you keep your love on.

"Remember your wedding vows were "I will" not "you will".
This is a powerful mindset that both husband and wife must choose to take."
-Danny Lee Silk 


"Quality love relationships do not happen by accident.
Real love is hard work."
-Danny Lee Silk

And always remember to pray for your marriage!

 Dear Lord,
I thank you for my marriage. Help me to not take my marriage for granted.I am so blessed to have my husband. Regardless of the conflict we face, the trials and challenges…marriage is a blessing. I pray protection over my marriage. I ask that you would protect us from our flesh and selfish ways. Mature us and refine us so that we seek the good of each other. I also pray protection against the schemes of the enemy. May you bind him in Jesus name! Holy Spirit cover us and anoint our marriage. Break any strongholds in our life and break our heart for what breaks yours. May compassion, love, and grace motivate our every actions in Jesus name AMEN! 



 
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
-Psalm 139:14 

God made you in a wonderful way and you are unique!
So dare to be yourself! Don't try to imitate someone else!

You are truly one of a kind and 
have the potential to live a remarkable life.  
-Larry Randolph 


God's word is food for our souls! 

 Memorize it.Confess it.
Let the words of the Bible enter into your mind and descend into your heart...
And let God's word transform your whole being!
Have a blessed day! 

After the last night's explosions and terrorism attacks in Paris the social media is full of #prayforparis notes. I think we are all deeply sad what happened there last night...all those killed persons where loved and treasured...someone's brother, sister, mother, father, friend... It's so sad... And we surely want to pray for Paris and France. 
But I think we need to pray for the whole Europe and actually for the whole world!
Fear is trying to grip the heart of the world because of this attack last night in Paris. But do not partner with fear! 
This is an enemy strategy that we must not fuel...
Pray  releasing hope and healing in and through our Lord, Jesus.

"Thank you Father God that this attack did not dethrone you. Pick us up Daddy. Fuel us with your presence. Forgive the sins of those who have not partnered with you and as you do release your mighty Spirit to comfort, heal, and draw the world back to your lap. I partner with you God to release peace, power, and hope over this great nation of France and I declare that you Jesus are our Jehovah Nissi, our banner. I unfurl you over the nations! Peace! Peace! Peace! Fear go! Order be restored. Safety come."
-Dawna De Silva

 
“Pray along these lines: ‘Our Father in heaven, we honor your holy name. We ask that your kingdom will come now. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food again today, as usual, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Don’t bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One. Amen.’  
-Matthew 6:9-13 

So praying for Paris, for victims and for the world! 
♥ 
Depend on God..and expect to see His goodness in your life.
God is interested in every tiny detail of our lives and He has promised us:
Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall. 
-Psalm 55:22

And not only burdens but also all your plans... 
Put all of them on God's hands and trust Him to help you in every situation!
  

Love On The Line
This just might be my favorite song at the moment! :)
I have been listening to it over and over and over again and I just love it.
The lyrics are beautiful...listen to it and let the lyrics talk to you...
"The greatest of all romance
Love of God my Savior.."

You put Your love on the line
To bear the weight of sin that was mine
Washing my river of wrongs
Into the sea of Your infinite love

With arms held high
Lord I give my life
Knowing I'm found in Christ
In Your love forever
With all I am
In Your grace I stand
The greatest of all romance
Love of God my Savior

Mercy roars like hurricane winds
Furious love laid waste to my sin

To the one who has rescued my soul
To the one who has welcomed me home
To the one who is Savior of all
I sing forever 

-Hillsong Worship
Have a blessed November!

Oh wow this it the final day of my project of writing 31 days about change! :)
This has been a good month for myself as I have been studying about the subject 
and I hope my posts have been encouraging you too.
And we haven't been focusing only on change, but change that lasts...
The change that can happen with God's help.
Believe that the change is possible!
As a last day and last tip for a change I would like to say that 
it's good to share your new goal or the thing you want to change in your life with a good friend of yours so you can have help to do this process of change.
And then most importantly SUBMIT TO GOD DAILY!
When you submit to God daily it's easier to resist to a temptation and it's
easier to reach your goal of your process to change.

Few weeks ago I watched a sermon from pastor Craig Groeschel and he talked about his prayer of submission he prays everyday and I want to share with you this powerful prayer:

"Dear God,
I choose today to submit my whole being to you.
I submit my mind to you:
give me the mind of Christ.
Help me to think only things that are excellent and pure.
God I submit my ears to you today so I would only let 
into my soul what is consistent to your truth.
Give me the wisdom to not let the lies in but only
to believe the truth.
I submit my eyes to you God.
That they would only look on things that
are pure.
I submit my mouth to you God.
That my words would be pleasing to you.
That they would bring you glory in what I say and
build others up.
I submit my heart to you God.
Give me a pure heart.
Make my motives to be pure to serve you.
I submit my hands to you God.
That they would be used to build people for your kingdom.
I submit my feet to you God.
That I would go only to places that are pleasing to you.
God I submit every part of my body to you.
Today my life is yours,
use it as you see it.
In Jesus' name.
Amen."

-Craig Groeschel


  Day 2: Choose to change   Day 11: Trust God;He will help you to change    Day 17: Change requires new way of thinking 
Day 18: A different way to think
Day 19:Think like Jesus  Day 25:Best ways to resist a temptation  Day 27: Don't depend on your own strength
Day 28: Love can make change  
Day 29: Be filled! 
 

Maybe you know very well what God promises, but you don't experience His promises in your life.
And that's why you might have difficulties to change...
But all that you are missing is Faith.
"Faith is the switch that turns on the power of the Holy Spirit."
-James MacDonald

EVERY STEP WITH GOD IS A STEP OF FAITH!
If you don't exercise your faith and believe in God's promises for your life you will not be changed!
FAITH AFFECTS EVERYTHING AND EVERY GOOD THING GOD WANTS TO GIVE TO YOU COMES THROUGH FAITH! 
SO HAVE FAITH in God and trust Him in your process of change!
The power of faith is in what God says.

Faith is believing the Word of God and 
acting upon it no matter how I feel, because
God promises a good result.
-James MacDonald

If you want the power to change it comes through the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit pours on the power in response to your faith!
It's never too late to start believe and trusting God!
So have faith: you can be changed by God's help! 

Day 25:Best ways to resist a temptation 


In our process of change it's good to realize that everyone has hurts from the past or we might have some sort of emotional emptiness that we try to fill with wrong kind of things and that's why we have difficulties to change.
But for real power to change, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
And God longs to fill us with His Spirit on a continual basis.
"be filled with the Spirit" 
-Ephesians 5:18

Well how to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
It's very simple. 
First confess all known sins and then just ask:

REMEMBER TO PRAY THIS EVERY DAY!
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, 
and it will be yours.
-Mark 11:24

And after you have prayer believe that
 you have received the Holy Spirit's filling!

Believe that  God's power is working in you 
and be ready to experience God's
transforming power! 

 
Day 25:Best ways to resist a temptation 
 


 




Behind God's power there is THE LOVE.
Yesterday we talked that we need God's power to help us change, but to really understand God's power we have to believe in God's love for us. 
It is God's love that compels us to live a new way and change!
God loves you so much that He freely gives His power to work in your life.
"God loves us with His everlasting love and His love is a perfecting love:it will change us.

Change is not easy...
But even if we fail we can hear God saying to us: 
"I forgive you, I love you. Get up and keep on going!"
We are under a loving God who is committed to help our change.
Actually our change begins when we believe we are loved!