From Our Hearts to Yours

Time to Simplify Life

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Is it time to simplify your life? Management experts confirm time and again that a routine makes possible what seems impossible. A routine simplifies things that were formerly complex. It is amazing what the simple discipline of keeping a schedule will help you accomplish.

Take a careful look at the life of Jesus. He never seemed to be in a hurry because His schedule was based on God’s priorities for His life.

John 5:36 says, “The works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” Look at your life closely, write down a plan, and follow through.

RESPOND

Lord, I long to honor You with each hour of my day. I choose to give my time to You. This is another area of stewardship, and I want to be a good steward. I pray for wisdom as I plan each hour of every day. Amen. 

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REFLECT

What are three things I can do to simplify my life? Take time to plan that into your daily, weekly, and then monthly schedule.

REMEMBER

Teen Tuesday – Growing Your Girl In God’s Wisdom

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If you’re like most people, you need wisdom just about every time you turn around! When someone says or does something that hurts you, you need wisdom to know what to do or say— or what not to do or say! When you are invited to go somewhere or do something that your parents would not approve of, or when you’re not sure what to do, you need wisdom to know how to answer. You need wisdom for so many things—and you always will.

Happy to Hear It

Well, you’ll be happy to hear that James has some lessons and great advice for dealing with your tough times and trials. (And don’t forget, you can always ask your parents what to do about your problems.)  Read James 1:5 and fill in the blanks below.

“If any of you lacks __________________, you should ask __________,

who gives generously to _________ without finding _________,

and it will be _________ to ________.”

Help is on The Way

When you ask, your blessing will be wisdom that comes from God—which is always perfect. God knows you need help, and He enjoys giving it to you. As verse 5 tells you, all you have to do is ___________!

RESPOND

Lord Jesus, when I’m confused and worried about what to do, please remind me to pray—to just ASK You for wisdom! I love You, Jesus! Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

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REFLECT

What exciting truth do you learn in verse 5 about God’s response to your prayers?

REMEMBER

How to Follow After God’s Own Heart

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It is wonderful being a woman after God’s own heart, isn’t it? To know Him. To love Him. To enrich the lives of others. To follow Him and to enjoy the blessings He extends to you when you do. No woman’s life could be more satisfying than the life enjoyed by a woman after His own heart, a woman whose heart’s desire is to do God’s will.

Our transformation into being a woman after God’s own heart is indeed God’s work. When you follow the disciplines to place yourself before God—fostering a consistent devotional life, personal growth, godly home and family, and ministry to others—He works in your heart. When you follow God’s will, it pleases Him, benefits the lives of those you serve, and shows Christ to the world.

RESPOND

God, I want to follow You. I want to be Your child, a true woman after Your heart—a woman who lives her life in You and for You. I acknowledge my sin and receive Your Son, Jesus Christ, in my needy heart, giving thanks that He died on the cross for my sins. Thank You for giving me Your strength so that I can follow You. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

A Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible (COMING SOON!) by Elizabeth George is filled with this devotion and 364 others short devotions to draw you to God’s Word and give you hope, wisdom, and understanding. PRE-ORDER your copy today and receive FREE GIFTS!

CLICK HERE to enter a Facebook giveaway to win a free copy of the highly anticipated “A Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible” by Elizabeth George! (hosted by Kregel Publications; terms & conditions apply).

REFLECT

“This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, ‘Follow Me.’” (John 21:19)

Do I rely on my own strength more than God’s?

REMEMBER

Teen Tuesday – Counting Our Blessings

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One reason I love the book of James is that it has a lot of lists that help us with our daily trials and challenges. In James 1:3-12 you’ll see a list of benefits or blessings or lessons that come from going through trials. Let’s look at two (look up these verses and fill in the blanks below)!

Blessing #1 (verse 3) Perseverance

“…you know that the ____________ of ____________ __________ produces [or develops] _______________.”

“Perseverance” is a long word that describes the strength God is building in you when you face tough times. God is right there with you to help you! Perseverance gives you what you need to hang in there until you make it through your problem, until you make it to the end.

Do you know the children’s story called The Little Engine That Could? You probably remember that the engine had a tough time pulling the train up steep hills. But he persevered. As he chugged along, he kept saying, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

My friend, God gives you His power and grace so you can say, “I know I can make it through this problem”—because He is producing perseverance in you.

Blessing #2 (verse 4) Spiritual Growth

“Let perseverance _______________ its __________ so that you may be ____________ and ____________, not lacking _________________.”

Has anyone—maybe a parent or older brother or sister— ever said to you, “Why don’t you just grow up?”  Well, James is telling us that when we let perseverance finish its work in us, we grow up spiritually. When you do your work chores or when you practice your instrument or sport over and over, you are experiencing the blessing of becoming “mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

God does not ask you or any of His people to understand our trials. But He does want us to trust Him and His wisdom and His plan for us. When you do this—when you trust God with your problems—you will find joy in Him, joy in His promises, and joy in His perfect will for your wonderful, special, unique life!

RESPOND

Lord Jesus, You already know I’ve got problems! Help me to face them and to persevere through them. I want to grow up in my love for You and my family. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES

Living Your Faith (NEW RELEASE!) will help your tween daughter, age 8-12, understand what God’s Word is saying and how it applies to everyday life.

REFLECT

After reading James 1:1-12, how can these verses help me live out your faith?

REMEMBER

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