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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
If our faith in Him is real, it will usually prove itself at home, in our relationships with those who know us best. Children and parents have a responsibility to each other. Children should honor their parents even if the parents are demanding and unfair. Parents should care gently for their children, even if the children are disobedient and unpleasant. Ideally, of course, Christian parents and Christian children will relate to each other with thoughtfulness and love. This will happen if both parents and children put the others’ interests above their own—that is, if they submit to one another. (NLT)
Ephesians 6:1-4 – Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.”
And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.
Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. –Isaiah 40:31 (NRSV)
Scoie Green (Texas) titled her story “MAKING THE CALL;” here is Scoie’s story:
“Throughout my childhood I knew little more of my father than his name. One night I began to ask God for direction. As I prayed, I began to think of forgiveness and the importance of honoring my parents. I realized that my fear of rejection had robbed me of the opportunity to experience the joy of a healthy father-daughter relationship. My inability to forgive, fueled by negative perceptions, was preventing reconciliation.
“I picked up the phone many times but never made the call. I continued to wonder whether it was the right time and worried that I would be judged for not reaching out sooner. So much time had passed, and we had both missed out on important milestones in each other’s lives. Yet, I couldn’t help but wonder how it would feel if one of us passed on and never got the chance to say ‘I love you.’ With that in mind, I called him. After 34 years of separation, I finally got to reconnect with my father.
“Over time our relationship has improved. We communicate nearly every day. My father and I are both grateful for the opportunity to witness the power of God in our lives. This new chapter has helped me to know that God has the power to make all things new.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I want to watch God do a new thing in my life.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to trust that you are working in our lives even when there seems to be no progress. Amen.
Prayer Focus: ADULTS RECONNECTING WITH THEIR PARENTS
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