Christmas Video Greeting!


As we wind down 2021 and prepare to celebrate Christmas this week, I wanted to share a special video message with you! If you find this time of year difficult, please know that I am praying with and for you.

I invite you to watch this video and be blessed! I would love to hear from you how my blog has encouraged or uplifted you this year! Thank you for subscribing to my blog and I look forward to sharing more content and exciting things in 2022!

Christmas Message

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Video Collage: Canva

Question: How have the blog posts encouraged you this year? I would love to hear from you!



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The Greatest Gifts: Celebrating 3 of Christ’s Greatest Gifts that Money Can’t Buy

There are ten days left until Christmas and you may still have some shopping to do for those last-minute gifts. As we move closer to celebrating Christmas and Christ’s birth, I invite you to uplift and remember the greatest gifts that money can’t buy. While it is wonderful to give and bless others with tangible gifts, we know that the true reason of the season is to magnify the name of Jesus!

Here are 3 of Christ’s greatest gifts:

May we uplift and celebrate the hope, love, and salvation that is found in Jesus Christ!

Reflection Question: What gifts of Christ will you celebrate this season?

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Feeling Burned Out? 3 Ways to Help You Enjoy the Christmas Season More

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a classic song by Andy Williams that many sing every year, and it talks about the various fun festivities of the Christmas season. While I do enjoy this festive season, extended time to spend with loved ones, and celebrating Christ’s birth, I must admit that this time of year can be overwhelming too. My December calendar is filled with multiple ministry events, church services, holiday parties, gift exchanges, school activities for my daughter, and we are hosting Christmas dinner. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about it. LOL.

Sound familiar? During this time of the year, are you feeling overwhelmed with all that “needs” to get done?

God doesn’t want us to simply endure Christmas but enjoythewonder of Christ’s birth and this sacred season.

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Here are three ways to help you avoid burnout and enjoy the Christmas season more:

  1. Scale Down Your Schedule

I know, right? You’re probably thinking, this isn’t possible. If you are like me, you probably don’t want to miss out on anything and don’t have it in you to decline an invitation. Newsflash: You can’t be everywhere, and some events/festivities you will have to let go. Scaling down your schedule will help to minimize stress and give you the energy you need to be more fully present for the events and meaningful memories with those who are closest to you. For the things you do say yes to, you will not feel as rushed and your spirit can be more settled because you are more focused. Today, I invite you to scale down your schedule to make room for meaningful memories, decreased anxiety, and a greater enjoyment of the Christmas season.

2. Ask for Help

During this busy season, I invite you to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but an act of wisdom. God has placed different people in your life to support you. If you are hosting family dinner, have a potluck style and ask your guests to each bring a dish to help you lighten the load. When putting up the Christmas tree or decorations, make it a family affair, or ask a friend to stop by and help. Asking for help not only lightens your load, but it helps you to strengthen important relationships and form community. ASK FOR HELP. You’ll be so glad you did!

3. Leave Perfectionism at the Door

In order to enjoy the Christmas season more, I encourage you to leave perfectionism at the door. If you don’t have the grandest Christmas light display, Christmas tree, or didn’t have time to send out Christmas cards, it is ok and give yourself permission to relax.

While we want to accomplish all the things, we often lose sight of what is most important: the gift of Christ’s birth, giving to those who are in need, and spending quality time with those who matter most.

God’s grace is sufficient and allow His grace to cover you and help you enjoy the greatest gifts of the Christmas season today.

Praying your Christmas season will be filled with less stress, lasting memories, and renewed gratefulness for the gift of Christ’s birth and this sacred season!

Reflection Question: How will you be intentional about enjoying this Christmas season more? Please leave in the comments.

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Merciful Moments Devotional Series with Beloved Women

I hope your week is going well! I have some wonderful news to share!

I’m excited and grateful to share that I’ve partnered with Beloved Women for an upcoming Fall Devotional series of my book, “Merciful Moments” starting Monday, October 18th!

This will be a 27 day plan to learn practical strategies to get unstuck, overcome overwhelm, and embrace God’s grace and mercy daily with greater confidence.

There will be weekly discussion videos with my sis, friend, and Founder of Beloved Women Christina Patterson and reading assignments.

Will you join me? All you need to do is grab your copy from Amazon and sign up below to join this engaging series!

You don’t want to miss it!

I hope to see YOU there!

If you are going to sign up today for this upcoming devotional series, write signed up in the comments! Looking forward for you joining us!



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Prayer of Reassurance: God is for You!

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (Ephesians 6:10 NIV)

Dear God,

Thank you for always being for me.

During times when I don’t “feel” your presence, thank you for being an ever present help in times of trouble.

Thank you for reminding me that if You are for me, who can be against me?(Romans 8:31)

As I continue to move forward in the purposes that You have for me, thank you for leading and guiding me each day.

When opposition or difficulties come, may I seek Your word for strength, restoration, and reassurance.

Thank you for always being for me and having my best interest at heart.

In Jesus’ name,


Scriptures to Reassure that God is for You

  1. “What, then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
  2. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
  3. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Question for YOU: Can you share an example of how God is showing up for you in this season? Please share in the comments. Let’s celebrate together!

New Podcast Interview about Merciful Moments

Recently, I was a guest on Rooted and Overflowing Podcast with Letitia Evans. I shared a little about my writing and ministry journey as well as my new devotional, Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward with Each Day. I invite you to listen to the episode for encouragement and to learn more about me!

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Prayers for A New School Year

Dear God,

As we start a new school year, thank you for your peace that calms our anxieties.

Thank you for continuing to protect and strengthen all students, parents, educators, and support staff as this new school year begins and as it progresses.

We seek your wisdom, guidance and direction each day in matters big and small.

When we want to have all the answers and operate in our own control, may we surrender to Your perfect will.

Thank you for reminding us that you are with us during uncertain, challenging, and changing seasons.

May we place our faith in Your sovereignty, care and love for us as we start this new school year and beyond.

In Jesus’ name,


Question: What prayers do you have for the new school year? Please share them in the comments so I can pray for you. Have a wonderful week!

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Merciful Moments Devotional Journal Releases Today!

Hope your week is going well! I have exciting news to share! My first book, Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day releases today! Praise God! Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered the book! I pray this message blesses every reader with encouragement, to keep the faith and receive the richness of God’s mercy every day.

Book Highlights:

  • 27 encouraging devotionals with scripture
  • Personal Prayer
  • Action Question & Step
  • Journal Pages for Further Reflection

How You Can Support

  • Continue to pray that God will minister to many through reading the book
  • Purchase the book and share it with others
  • Write a review on Amazon to share how the book ministered to you


In celebration of release day, I’ll be giving away an autographed copy of my book to one of you! I will pick the winner on this Friday, 8/6. To be eligible, please leave in the comments how you have seen God’s mercy move in your life?

Thanks so much for your support!



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Chat with me on IG Live!

Hope your day is going well! Chat with me tomorrow Wednesday 7/28@12:30PM EST on my IG page @kirstynsmayden when I read an excerpt from my upcoming devotional, Merciful Moments!

I’ll also be chatting with my friend Quinnise Pettway about how to maintain joy!

Hope to see you there!



Pre-Order my New Book!

If you haven’t already, I invite you to pre-order my first book Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day on Amazon.

It releases August 3rd.

Thanks for your prayers and support!

Merciful Moments Devotional Journal: Pre-Order Available

I hope you are doing well, and enjoying your Summer! I just wanted to share some great news that I’ve written a devotional book and it is available now for pre-ordering on Amazon. Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day will be released on August 3rd. I’m super excited and am asking for your support to pre-order and spread the word! Thanks so much and I know you will be blessed! 

Link to Purchase: To pre-order, please visit the link here.

Below is a description: Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal for Moving Forward With Grace Each Day is designed to encourage, empower, and sustain you with uplifting scripture and practical strategies and actions to help you move courageously forward in God’s grace every day, with greater clarity.
Whether you are in a season of waiting, transition, frustration, or needing hope, Merciful Moments is your resource for real encouragement to help you keep the faith and receive the richness of God’s mercy each day.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and I’ll be sharing more about the book in the next several weeks and how it will benefit you!

Thanks for your support in advance!



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God is on the Move

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

Summertime is almost here and the excitement of warmer weather, outdoor activities, and vacation travel is extremely appealing after the many limitations of the last year and a half. Reconnecting with family and friends who we haven’t seen in a long time is highly anticipated! Recently, I reconnected with my family after not seeing them since before the pandemic, and spent some amazing quality time together. We now must learn how to re-enter society with vigor, but also remain cautious. As we move forward with both the small and big changes, God has already prepared the way.

God Is With You

With each new season and transition in your life, one thing remains constant: God is with you. God is on the move and going before you, covering, protecting and leading you forward. You may not have all the answers or understand the direction He is leading you, but God assures you that He will be with you wherever you go. Today, I invite you to trust God’s guidance as He moves on your behalf and leads you each day. When fear, doubt, and anxiety come, surrender them to God and lean on God’s promises of His Word.

Our Family is Moving!

My husband, daughter and I are in the middle of packing right now and are moving from Maryland to West Virginia next week! While it’s an exciting time because my husband will be pastoring a new church and we have a new ministry assignment, everything is brand new. We will be moving to a new home, new city, and leaving the comfort and familiarity of our home for the last 13 years. However, we are standing on Joshua 1:9, and know that God has already prepared the way and will continue to provide for all of our needs. Please keep us in your prayers as we start this new adventure!

Question: How is God moving in your life? I would love to hear from you! Write in the comments below how God is moving in your life during this season. I would love to pray for you!


  1. With the move, I will be taking the next month off from blogging as we get settled. I will return in mid-July with exciting new content!
  2. I’ve written my first devotional to be released in August! Merciful Moments: A Devotional Journal to Move Forward with Grace Each Day! More details to come very soon!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!


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