First of December – New, Free Study


During the month of November we always tend to focus on the things we are thankful for. Social media is full of posts giving thanks for family, friends, jobs, food, and many other things in life that we appreciate or enjoy. We gather with our families to give thanks for life and God’s gifts to us.

But on December 1st, we put Thanksgiving behind us, and for a few weeks we are busy preparing for a new holiday.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season it’s easy to ignore the blessings in my life until Christmas day. After all, I’ve just spent an entire month being thankful, isn’t that enough? And even if I try to focus on how blessed I am, the busyness in my life often takes hold of my heart and mind and I’m tempted to think that I’m only blessed if my life is peaceful. How could I be blessed if I’m tired, stressed, or overwhelmed? How can I be blessed if I’m discouraged, a family member is sick, or a friend is struggling and I can’t help? What does it even mean to be blessed?

Take a few minutes.

Write down several reasons you think you’re blessed, then write down the things in your life that don’t seem like blessings. Then take 10-15 minutes to go through our new Transform Discipleship Resource “Blessed.” How does God’s perspective on who is blessed change your perspective about the two lists you wrote? What does this mean for your life during difficult times?

Complete in Him,
The Transform Team

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