Saturday, December 5, 2015

My Christmas Wish List

Monday Morning Devotional and Video For Christian Encouragement with Angela Schans


Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart's desires.


Have you made your wish list for Santa Clause yet? 

Sometimes it’s hard to make that list, when somebody asks us for it. All of the sudden, the great Christmas wish list ideas we’d been collecting in our brains all year vanishes at just the moment we could have used it.

Have you ever sat down for a Bible reading and prayer time and felt drawn to writing down your wish list? 

I would propose that the Spirit of God searches our hearts with us, to help us discover the things we truly like and want. The things we could, or couldn’t ask anybody else for on Christmas. 

I would propose that some of those ideas that pop into our heads are even planted by Him, as things we could never have thought of on our own, but that He knew we would deeply enjoy.

One year, for my wedding anniversary, my husband asked me, “If you could go anywhere in place or time with me, where would you go?”

When he asked, I felt compelled to consider the idea with the Lord before answering, so I asked for a little time to think about it. While I asked the Lord what I should dream of. 

“I” dreamed up an answer, 

“I’d like to be at the tail end of a caravan of pilgrims, and run off alone with you to live in a cave and have nothing to do, nobody to deal with but enjoying your company all alone.” 

What a crazy idea right? 

When I shared this “vision” with my husband, he lit up and said, 

A few weeks later, to celebrate our anniversary, he took me on a secret surprise get away.

The same day he had asked me for my wish his work fellows had highly recommended to him this hotel theme room called, “The Cave.” 

I had never heard of hotel theme rooms before and when Jeff took me to a hotel room labeled, “The Cave.” I was amazed and delighted! There were stalactites and stalagmites descending and ascending from the ceiling and floor of a room designed to look like a cave, which included it’s own bubbling hot spring in the middle of the room.  I was delighted and amazed!

This was a great display to me of God’s hand in blessing His children in powerful creative ways. I was filled with wonder at how God had planted such an exotic idea in my head, only to make the dream come true with this ambition of Jeff’s heart to bless and surprise me for a romantic anniversary get away.

God is into our loving plans, dreams and visions! 

Today's Action of Faith

As you create your Wishlist this year, I’d like to encourage you to make two lists patterned after this Bible verse: 

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” 
(-Matthew 6:33 NIV)

Create one wish list called: His Kingdom and His Righteousness 

List under it’s heading every desire and dream of your heart that has to do with godliness, holiness, discipleship, souls being saved, ect…

Then create the second list titled: All These Other Things

List under this list all the crazy good wishes you might be able to dream up in God, like a get away in a cave with my spouse, or what ever else the Spirit of God may empower you to dream.

Use these two lists in your prayer time, the first list is a list for exercising faith, by making requests and confessions of faith, along with praise and thanks remembering His word;

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 

(-1John 5:14-15 NASB)

Along with his command that we bring our requests to God.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” 

(-Philippians 4:6 NASB)

If you’d like to book this room for your own romantic get away you can find it at the Radisson Hotel in King of Prussia in PA here’s the link,

Sadly, there are no pictures of the room on their website, but if you want to see pictures of rooms like the one we enjoyed you can view them by clicking this google search for “Hotel Theme Rooms The Cave” at:

Happy Wish List making! 

Devoting ourselves to today's life-changing Bible verse

Prayer of Devotion

The prayers of the righteous are His delight! Let's pray!

Heavenly Father, 

I confess you are SO much better than Santa Clause! I know Christmas isn't all about getting gifts, but is more about giving gifts, and remembering the gift of salvation You gave to the world through the life of Your son Jesus Christ. 

Help me today to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness and to delight myself in You most of all. 

Please help me also to take courage in Your great love and power to dream of the other things You want to bless me with. 

In Jesus name I ask, Amen.

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I want to leave you with one more WONDERFUL Christmas video playlists created by my dear friend Nikki. I LOVE the way she puts her whole heart into every thing she does, and finds a way to point everybody's eyes toward growing in their relationship to Christ through the holiday festivities. In this playlist she demonstrates the gift boxes she makes for family members to record in them a private gift or plan to give to God every Christmas. 

  Diana Bryant is an amazing life coach, after climbing to the top of the career ladder at the largest corporation in NYC, she laid down her profession to ask God, what next?

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