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DAILY DEVOTIONAL –Sunday, May 10, 2015
Happy Mother’s Day to all!!!!!!!
It was customary for a mother to bring her children to a rabbi for a blessing, and that is why these mothers gathered around Jesus. The disciples, however, thought the children were unworthy of the Master’s time—less important than whatever else he was doing. But Jesus welcomed them, because little children have the kind of faith and trust needed to enter God’s Kingdom. It is important that we introduce our children to Jesus and that we ourselves approach him with childlike attitudes of acceptance, faith, and trust. (NLT)
Luke 18:15-17 – One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.”
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
Janice D. Denton (Tennessee) titled her story “A SPIRITUAL BREAKFAST;” here is Janice’s story:
“My mother was a beautician and worked hard at her job. She loved to sleep, probably because of the long, hard hours she put in, but she got up early every day to make sure we had breakfast. She also fed us with God’s word. The first thing we did after coming downstairs was to listen to the reading of The Upper Room. Leaning on my mother’s arm, I mostly slept as she read the devotional. Often she would shake her arm to wake me and say, ‘Did you understand that?’ or ‘God is just so good!’ and I would always say, ‘Yeah.’ She knew I had been asleep, but she kept telling me about the importance of a relationship with God. Even though I missed most of her words, she still sacrificed her own sleep to ensure that I started the day hearing God’s word.
“After leaving home, I didn’t give God much thought. I would pray for help when I was in trouble, but in general, I just trudged on through life. I was 45 when I finally gave myself to God. A lot of people were involved in helping me turn my life around. And even though my mother was no longer living, her spiritual nurture was at the core of my acceptance of Jesus as my Lord. I am grateful that God gave me such a faithful and loving mother.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can keep speaking about God, even when it seems as if no one is listening.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us be your faithful witnesses today. Give us the wisdom to know how to show your love to those who don’t yet know you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: BARBERS AND BEAUTICIANS
My Prayer Focus: MOTHERS
To read other stories in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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