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10 Healthy Juicing and Smoothie Recipes for Consecration

We’re entering the annual January Consecration, which is always a great time to begin a healthier lifestyle. We’ve compiled some popular fruit and vegetable juice and smoothie combinations to inspire you.  Try these, or create your own!

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” – Psalm 103(KJV)

JUICE smoothie

Creamy goodness: Banana-blueberry smoothie.

When we think of fasting, we often don’t think of juicing or smoothies as a “green meal”.   But juicing and smoothies can have many benefits.  Juices can be a great way to add nutrients to your diet and to easily absorb vitamins.  Certain elements like ginger and pineapple can reduce inflammation, and we can also add spices such as cinnamon for added benefits and flavor.

For many, the idea of juicing vegetables may be a bit challenging, especially for beginners who are starting a consecration for the first time.  But with a simple blender or juicer and a few of our favorite fruits, you’ll find that adding fresh juices and smoothies are a great, easy way to better health.

Below we’ve listed 10 popular juicing and smoothie combinations and recipes that taste fresh and yummy but will offer you more nutrients and vitamins at consecration time: or any time of the year.

 

JUICING AND SMOOTHIE RECIPES

1. My Pineapple Goodness
1 large handful of fresh baby spinach

1/2 fresh pineapple

10 strawberries

1/2 cucumber

 

2. Strawberry Fields

2 Apples

2 Carrots

8 Strawberries

 

Usea combination of your favorite fruits to create your own customized juices and smoothies.

Usea combination of your favorite fruits to create your own customized juices and smoothies.

3.  Banana Blueberry Smoothie

1 banana

1 handful of blueberries

1/2 cup of orange juice

1/2 cup of pineapple juice

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 handful of ice

Combine in blender and enjoy!

 

4. Wake-up

1 regular orange

2-3 skinny carrots

2 1/2 sweet potatoes

1 chunk of ginger (about an inch)

 

5. Veggie Lover

1 beet

1 very large carrot

1 bell pepper

1 apple (cored)

3 stalks of celery

3″ chunk of Daikon radish

1/2 bunch of cilantro

1/2 bunch of kale

 

 

6.  Date Fig Smoothie

5 dates, pitted and chopped

3 figs, chopped

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 handful of ice

Mix on high in a blender and enjoy!

 

7. Carrot Ginger Delight

4 carrots

1-inch piece of fresh ginger

1 apple

 

8. Very Berry Apple Berry

2 cups strawberries

2 peeled oranges

1 cup raspberries

2 apples

 

9. Sweet Berry Treat

2 apples

1 pear

1 beet

1 kiwi

a handful of blueberries

 

10. Good Morning Greens

Handful of Parsley

3 Leaves of Curly Kale

1 Kiwi – not too soft peeled

1 Granny Smith Apple

 

All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Just have your juicer or blender ready, toss in the ingredients, add a touch of ice, and you’re ready to go!


Please consult a doctor before starting any new eating regimen.  This information is not a replacement for professional medical advice.

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Questions to Consider on the Power of Your Thoughts

Have you ever considered the power of your thoughts? This week, we welcome Elder William F. Hampton to the Elders’ Corner, with the first piece in a new series which focuses on our thoughts.

The World Book Dictionary defines a thought as “the power or process of thinking. It is a mental activity; the characteristic thinking of a particular person, group, time and/or place.  

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a thought as “serious consideration.” Strong’s Concordance defines a thought as “an association of ideas; cogitation (meaning, ‘deep thought, careful consideration, pondering, meditation’…); divided in mind.”

My definition would be:

A process of thinking that dictates your future.

In the upcoming weeks, join us on Westa.org as we focus on our “thoughts.” I will examine how the brain processes thought, and I will also touch on the following:  

1. Does God know our thoughts?  

2. What are man’s thoughts?

3. Who should determine our thoughts?

4. How can we develop our thoughts?

5. What are God’s thoughts?

6. How can thoughts affect our lives?

Last, but not least, I would like to focus on what our thoughts should reflect. Please join me next week to explore the question, “Does God know our thoughts?”


Elder F. William Hampton is a long-time member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Born in Houston, Texas, he received his High School Diploma from Hinds Agricultural High School,  his Associates of Arts Degree from Utica Junior College, his BA from Texas Southern University and his MFA from Loyola Marymount University. Elder Hampton joined West Angeles Church in 1985 and was ordained as an Elder in June of 2008.  He has worked with the West Angeles Sunday School and Youth Ministries, and is currently a member of the Web Team.  

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Bishop Blake, Magic Focus on Advancing Black Males

Bishop Charles E. Blake, pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, and business person Earvin “Magic” Johnson are partnering to offer advancement services to equip African-American men to succeed in life.

During the official launch event on March 18 at West Angeles COGIC, the two leaders announced the initiative before 400+ men attending the church’s Brotherhood Organization gathering.

The program, billed as “Super Saturday,” featured breakfast and motivational speeches by Blake, Johnson and actor and entrepreneur Romell Witherspoon.

“This initiative was birthed out of a deep concern about poor academic achievement, financial disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, the desperate state of the African-American male and the breakdown of the family unit that plagues our cities, small and large, urban and rural,” explained Blake.

To combat those challenges, the advancement services will focus on education (access, excellence and  equity), economic development (job creation and training), crime prevention (reduction and  rehabilitation), family life (developing healthy men, women and children) and financial literacy (earning, saving, investing and spending wisely).

While West Angeles COGIC already offers 20 programs specifically for men, Blake noted the Super Saturday event strengthens the church’s effort to do even more to help African-American men.

“This is kind of a special day to have Earvin with us now and Witherspoon, a very sharp entrepreneur, to share with us from a millennial perspective. Nobody’s a better business person than Earvin “Magic” Johnson. He’s taking us to another level and we’re going to continue as long as we are here,” said Blake.

Explaining that the initiative is another step towards community improvement, Johnson said, “The face of our community changed when Bishop built the church (West Angeles Cathedral).  I think people’s minds were changed, so now we have products and services and goods that we never had before in our community.

“We have had so many things happen that are positive in our community. This is what it’s all about. We’ve got to continue to take striving steps to make our community better.”

Johnson’s commitment to community development and empowerment is illustrated by his long history of establishing businesses and hiring people in underserved communities across the nation. In South L.A., he is heralded for opening a movie theater, several Starbucks and other businesses in the area. Through his Magic Johnson Foundation, he sponsors a number of philanthropic campaigns such HIV educational and  awareness programs.

A 25-year member of West Angeles COGIC and president of the L.A. Lakers, Johnson said, “I’m never going to change.  It’s not about my job or what I do, but who I am.  I will always be a man who will be involved.”

“His businesses that he manages here in Los Angeles and the economic opportunities he provides are in the hood or near the hood. So I’m very proud of him and his efforts to improve to enhance the community,” added Blake.

Originally posted on LAsentinel.net.
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March Revival: Order in the Court

Bishop Roderick L. Hennings returns to West Angeles Church of God In Christ for Revival this week, from March 1-3.  

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. presented to us the opportunity for renewal and refreshment at West Angeles Church of God In Christ with a powerful revival titled “Order in the Court.” The guest pastor for the revival was Bishop Roderick L. Hennings of Zion Dominion Global Ministries in Rochester, NY, who began day one of the revival with an insightful look at Psalm 30:5 (KJV)–

For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

“The western mind looks at time as being linear – having a beginning and an ending,” began Bishop Hennings. “In fact, we’re the only people in the world who believe that time is linear.”

He went on to teach the congregation about the true meaning of the text, and that time is endless in God’s context.

“What time is it? No matter what time it is, joy cometh; Joy is always on the way…so even in the middle of your greatest pain, joy is on the way!”

Bishop Hennings also reminded the congregation of the power in giving God heart-felt, exuberant praise.

“You can be a quiet worshiper but you can’t be a quiet praiser…Joy is looking for you! Joy is coming! Give Him praise in your time!”

Highlights from Day 1 of the powerful, 3-day revival “Order in the Court”  follow:

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“Order In The Court” – Bishop Roderick Hennings conducts March Revival at West Angeles COGIC.

“He’s knocking with His Word” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“The enemy can’t find you when God places you…When you’re in the right place – where God placed you – the enemy cannot find residence.”

“He pulled (Eve) out of her place. I don’t want to talk to anyone who can’t talk to me in my place!”

“Roles change when you get out of position.”

“When a man is not in place, things get out of order.”

“You learn how to love by being touched: not by being told.”

“A woman responds to touch.”

“Only one person can fit the place God has designed for you, and that’s you. Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m necessary.’”

“When you don’t know your assignment, you waste your time.” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“When God has an assignment on your life…Thank God for every day you’re alone. That’s the time He’s developing you in the dark so he can present you in the light.”

“The danger of doing things God hasn’t called you to do will cause you to fight in battles, and then want God to back you up.”

“Know the difference between purpose and a proposal. When you have purpose, it’s the reason for your being; the reason that you’re here. But a proposal is something that you present, and you hope someone accepts it.”

“Purpose won’t let you die. Purpose won’t let you go through life precariously; hoping something will happen.”

“Lift your hands and say, ‘Lord, work on me!’”

“People make decisions based not on choice, but on what they value.”

“When you don’t know your assignment, you waste your time.”

“That ‘no’ can keep you on point. That ‘no’ can keep you on your assignment.”

“He’s not into exposing your processing plant. He’ll work on you privately, so He can promote you publicly.”

“Are you fitted for glory?” – Bishop Roderick L. Hennings

“Sometimes reminding yourself gives you balance.”

“God qualifies you by choosing you.”

“Even though you’re anointed to do what you do…there’s some stuff you still have to pray off of you.”

“If your prayer is promised-based, God moves quickly because you’re saying what He wants to hear.”

“You have to pray His Word! When you start praying His Word, you know you’re being fitted for glory. When you pray His Word, demons back up!”

“When you start praying the Word, the enemy has no room in your conversation.”

“Serving is not about recognition. He said, ‘Don’t get tired while doing the right thing.’”

“We’re in the last days…and all eyes are on the Christian church. Are you fitted for glory?”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – 1 Kings 6:7,13-19, Genesis 2, Revelation 3,  Hebrews 13,  Ecclesiastes 10, Hebrews 5:1-2.

Preacher, teacher, author, apologist, Bishop Roderick L. Hennings is Senior Pastor of Zion Dominion Global Ministries which he founded 1993. The church grew from 20 to 4000 members, moving to 14-acre campus in Buffalo, NY. Bishop Hennings is also the COGIC International Director of Church Growth and Development, and Administrative Assistant District Superintendent to Bishop Glenwood Young of the NY Western Jurisdiction #2. The author of “Survey of Biblical Theology,” Bishop Hennings is married to First Lady Pamela D. Hennings, and father of 2 daughters, Ariane and Chloe.


 

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20 Scriptures and Quotes on Love

As month of February turns our thoughts to love, here are 20 memorable quotes and scriptures to remind us of the true meaning of mankind’s greatest gift.

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

– The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“There are some who’ve said that it’s the role of the husband to love, and it’s the role of the wife to submit, but I would say that both20 Scriptures and Quotes on Love the husband and the wife must love and submit…The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:5, ‘All of you must submit to one another.’”

“Wisdom and love need to drink from the same cup.”

Before you fall in love, put priority on spiritual and emotional excellence, not just on physical and erotic attractiveness.”

“When two people love the Lord, who committed to the way of God, who believe the Word of God, and who believe in Christian principles, living, and raising their family, they’ve got a marriage that’s going to work and be blessed.”

– Presiding Bishop Charles Edward  Blake, Sr.

“Wisdom and love need to drink from the same cup” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward  Blake, Sr.

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“Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. Love is not a good part of your life; it’s the most important part. The Bible says, ‘Let love be your greatest aim.’”

“If God’s going teach you real love, He’s going put you around some unloving people.”

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.”

Pastor Rick Warren

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“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public” –  Cornell West

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“We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense” – Former President Barack Obama

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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” – Matthew 22:37-39

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him,  and show him My salvation” – Psalm 91:14-16

As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34 

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:16-18

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” – Romans 8:35

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

“A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” – John 13:34.


Hear Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade perform “LOVE LIFTED ME” below –

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West Angeles Celebrates Bishop’s 48 Years of Service

in service on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

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48 Years…that’s a long time on a job. A long time to serve with excellence.

When you, Lady Mae and Kim arrived in 1969 to a church with a small membership of 50, who knew you would become Pastor of a congregation of 20,000 plus? God knew.

Who knew you would support hundreds of thousands of orphans in Africa? God knew.

Who knew you would become the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God In Christ International for three consecutive terms? God knew.

Who knew you would build this amazing cathedral in which we worship in every week? God knew.

Who knew you would be recognized as a world leader in church growth and organization? God knew.

We thank God that your favorite job is pastoring us. We thank God for all the great preaching and teaching, and for:

  • The weddings you’ve performed
  • The babies you’ve dedicated
  • The families you’re comforted in their time of loss
  • The sick you’ve visited
  • The counseling you’ve provided
  • The church’s financial transparency
  • West Angeles’ 100+ auxiliaries and amazing church staff
  • The phone calls, the letters – the prayers…

The Bible tells us in I Timothy 5:17,

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”  

Bishop, you deserve multiples of double honor. Bishop Blake, God is not finished with you yet.  With your “Secret Weapon,” our First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, with your “amazing physique,” and with all of us by your side, there are great works yet to be done at West Angeles Church.

As you often remind us, I’ll take the liberty to remind you, Pastor, that:

“I see you in the future and you look much better than you look right now.”  

God bless you and we love you – Happy Anniversary!

 

Deacon David G. Moore

Chairman, West Angeles Deacon Board and The Brotherhood Organization


WestAngelesMassChoir performs “Great“, at West Angeles COGIC, 2016.

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New Year’s Day Sermon: The Time of Restoration

On New Year’s Day at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, the Holy Spirit was in the place as Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. delivered a prophetic sermon for 2017, “This is the Time of Restoration.”

The West Angeles Cathedral was filled to the rafters and pulsated with shouts of high praise as the saints entered the New Year with at First Sunday service on January 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. The congregation was once again blessed by the anointed ministry of the legendary Tramaine Hawkins, the voice of gospel royalty since late 1960s, whose magnifying performance still resonated from the previous night’s Watch Night Celebration.

Hawkins, a Grammy-winning gospel recording artist, became part of the gospel music revolution when she recorded the soulful, ground-breaking hymn “Oh Happy Day” with the Edwin Hawkins Singers in 1968. It was the first million-selling gospel single to top the pop record charts as well as the first gospel cross-over hit worldwide. Accomplished soloist of 10 solo albums, “Lady Tramaine,” as she is known, has also sung with Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, Walter Hawkins and The Love Center Choir, The Hawkins Family, and Sly and the Family Stone. The multi Grammy award-winning artist has also received many other honors including two Dove Awards, the BMI Trailblazer award, and induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. She also had the honor of singing at the homegoing services of both Civil Rights activist Rosa Parks, and Sammy Davis, Jr., who requested her personally.

After Lady Tramaine’s electrifying performances of the gospel classics “I Recommend Jesus” and “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake opened West Angeles’ First Sunday sermon of 2017 with Joel 2:25.

“And I will restore to you the years,” Bishop began, as the congregation again erupted in applause and praise.  Said Bishop, “Come on and tell your neighbor, ‘That’s all I needed!’”

 “This is the Time of Restoration” is available on CD and DVD at the West Angeles Christian Emporium, or HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

THIS IS THE TIME OF RESTORATION

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“The beginning of the year is a good time to look back. It’s a good time look ahead, and at the present. A good time to take inventory, to make an assessment; an evaluation of our lives.”

“It’s not practical or productive to look at only one dimension of time alone. We need to consult with the past to designate where we were and when we’ll be there.”

“A backward look will reveal the distance you’ve traveled. A backward look will reveal the direction you’ve traveled.”

“If you draw a straight line from where you are (or where you were), and you continue that line into the future, it’s possible to generally estimate where you’re going to be in the future – economically, spiritually, emotionally.”

“Some people will never be able to conquer the future because they are forever wrestling with the past; past mistakes, past failures, past problems.”

“Few things are more disheartening than to spend your life redoing things that did not turn out right in the first place.”

“One of the things I hate to do is lose something…If I had not lost it in the first place, I could have made real progress.”

“I hope somebody will decide to do something about themselves in the year 2017.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

“It’s nowhere near as frustrating as to find out that you have wasted a substantial portion of your life…walking in the wrong direction and pursuing the wrong goals…It’s a terrible realization that you have lost years of your life.”

“One of the saddest utterances of the Word of God was spoken by Saul…in the Old Testament; one of the most glorious utterances was spoken by the Apostle Paul…in the New Testament.”

“It’s so easy to blame people. It’s so easy to blame circumstances. There’s little that we can do about people though. There’s little that we can do about circumstances. But there’s a whole lot that we can do about ourselves.”

“I hope somebody will decide to do something about themselves in the year 2017.”

“Most of the destruction in our lives comes from the inside: emotions, desires, fears ideas, sins.”

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake: “God is a God of second chances.”

“If the problem’s on the inside, don’t complain about people and don’t complain about circumstances.”

“Most of the destruction in our lives comes from the inside.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  

“The locust symbolizes destruction that comes from the outside.”

“Is there anybody here who feels like they’ve lost part of 2016?”

“God speaks a promise through Brother Joel…Aren’t you glad that our God is a promise-making God?”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘When I leave here, I’m going to have to promise of God on my life!’”

“God will give you years of comfort, to take care of the years of deprivation.”

“God will repair the damage!”

“A scar means the worst is over, and the best is yet to come.”

“How many of you know that scar tissue is the toughest tissue anywhere on your body?”

“If something hits your skin, it may break it or damage it. But if it it’s scar tissue, if just bounces off and keep on going, by the power of Almighty God.”

“God will repair the damage!” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. 

“I feel that God sent this Word today. How many of you need this Word?”

“Somebody in here is broken and in despair…but I want to tell you, ‘Hold on. Keep on going by the power of God.”

“This is the time of restoration…God is a God of restoration.”

“That’s just what He does…He restores stuff and repairs stuff.”

“He shall be the restorer of your life.”

“Your iniquity is pardoned. Your warfare has ended. You’ll receive double for all your sins. Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s turn-around time! It’s blessing time!’”

“God is all wise, all-powerful…There’s nothing that’s too hard for God.”

“I don’t care how many times you’ve failed, God is a restorer.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s turn-around time! It’s Blessing time!’” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.  

“We have been repurchased by the blood of Jesus Christ… If we have been bought back by somebody who stole us away, then that means we’re going to be alright.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘It’s going to be alright!’”

“Jesus paid it all.”

“If you believe, your relationship with God is restored. But not only is your relationship restored, you are restored!”

“God’s going to have you reap in joy! Weeping may endure for a night, but joy is coming in the morning!”

“God will give me my joy back! God will give me my peace back!”

“God is a God of the second chance, of the third chance, of the fourth chance.”

“You might have messed up, but come on back home…God is waiting on you!”

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Joel 2:25, 1 Samuel 26:21, 2 Timothy 4:6, Joel 1:4, Ruth 4:14, Isaiah 40:2, Psalm 126:1, Psalm 30:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Luke 15:11-32.


Hear Lady Tramaine Hawkins sing, “I Never Lost My Praise” below:

 

 

 

 

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The Art of G.I.V.I.N.G.

By Sis. Kimberly Clark

Embracing the holiday season comes with what also should be food for the soul! You feed your soul when you do well unto others and be mindful about the true meaning of giving–unconditional and without a need for return. Just as we know that God loves a cheerful giver, there is yet and still an art to it.

Below is an in-depth view behind the Art of Giving:

G: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

I: Its not about “I.” Giving is a selfless act and should never be reference back to “this is what I did.”  Completely take the ‘I’ out of the equation and follow the principles of God. No need to announce it with trumpets, letting your left hand know what the right hand is doing. Our Father which art in heaven sees all and what is done in secret and therefore will be rewarded to you.

V: Value. The value of giving doesn’t necessarily mean dollars & cents. The unconditional gesture of giving could represent many options that far exceed a monetary value. The value you share could be in time, a listening ear, dedicating yourself to giving comfort, becoming a big brother or sister, sharing your gifts & talents with a non-profit organization, and the best of all…LOVE. A moment, hour, even a day of your time is most certainly valuable to you. However, giving it to those who may be in need is not only priceless to them, but God as well.

I: Inspiration. I pray that this message will inspire you to make a change in your life & others by giving. As you get ready to sit down for Christmas dinner with your family, share the message of giving. Then, going around the table, ask each family member to express one thing they’ll do to make a conscious effort in giving, whether it’s before December 31 or in the new year. Remember, it doesn’t need to be monetary.

N: Nurture. The hustle & bustle of the world can take a toll on you. Keep in mind that you never know what others are dealing with. We tend to show up and show out for our careers, but often treat family, friends and loved ones as secondary. The meaning of Christmas is said to be the spirit of giving. God gave us the ultimate gift. He died on the cross to redeem us from our sins. Are you giving your all to please God? You would be very surprised that most of us just want a little time. Don’t take others for granted, thinking they will always be there.

G: “Generously, remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 Learn the true principles behind the meaning of Christmas, before the world became commercialized our ancestors gave from the core of their heart. The next time you give ask yourself, am I giving for the right reasons or am I expecting something larger in return? Give from the spirit within you. That is the golden ticket to share generously this Christmas.