From Our Hearts to Yours
Being a loving mother, a doting grandmother, a gracious aunt, a caring cousin sometimes means we’re inconvenienced. A son needs picked up at ball practice, a granddaughter needs a ride to the soccer field, a nephew or niece wants to go camping. How blessed you are to be involved in family life—to love and pray for the young people in your life. After all, they’re your kin-and you have a responsibility to care deeply for and about them. God meant for the family to be important, a passion, a pursuit.
Take inventory. Is there any family member you’re skimping on in the Love Department? Is there someone you’re not praying for? Yes, I know some people are more difficult than others. Look to the Lord for help. Don’t give up on being a friend to the family.
Heavenly Father, thank You for my family–each and every one of them! Even when they frustrate me it’s a blessing to have them in my life. It’s wonderful to know I’m loved…and, through You, I can love them back. Amen.
There’s nothing you can do that God can’t use. From cleaning up to being a keynote speaker at a conference, you can contribute to and be part of the work of Christ. Luke 8:1-3 describes a group of faithful women who used their money and means to support Jesus and His disciples on their preaching tours. Martha and Mary were two sisters who regularly hosted Jesus and His disciples for dinner and rest in their home (Luke 10:38). The mother of John Mark hosted a prayer meeting at her house (Acts 12:12). In Romans 16:1-2 Phoebe is described as a servant in her church and a helper of many.
What a thrilling parade of women! And what did they do? Cooking, cleaning, working, praying, hosting, giving, helping. Nothing you and I can’t do!
Lord, may I never underestimate the gifts You’ve given me. Help me see how I can offer practical, hands-on help when needed. Thank You for the opportunity to be a modern-day Phoebe-a helper of many. Amen.
When life is good it’s easy for praise and thanksgiving to flow from our lips. But when life gets tough, that’s an entirely different story. Yet the Bible says, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Everything? I’m afraid so! Think of it this way: When you’d rather stay miserable but you choose to look beyond your pain to see or trust in the Lord’s purpose, that’s sacrificial praise.
So often it’s out of the darkness of my trials that I find God’s joy magnified in my life. Think of a beautiful diamond displayed against a black background. The dark makes the stone shine all the more. What a great picture of what Christ has done for us.
Jesus, whenever I focus on my problems, help me see them as opportunities for You to do amazing things. And thank You for using every situation to make me more like You. Amen.
Are you fearful because God appears to be moving you in an unexpected direction? Is the unknown causing you to waver on the path of obedience? Take heart in your resolve. Walk in confidence with God. Walk as King David did, declaring, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me” (Psalm 23:4).
Though you might not know where God’s will is taking you, you can trust God to watch over and stay with you. Though life may take surprising turns, they are not unexpected to God. He knows what is happening and why, and all He calls you to do is to trust Him.
Father, I affirm that as long as You lead me and I walk with You, I have nothing to fear. I resolve to follow You today, knowing that I’m never safer than when I’m with You. Amen.