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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 16, 2019
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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:
[People should trust in Him with childlike faith.]
To feel secure, all children need is a loving look and gentle touch from someone who cares. They believe us because they trust us. Jesus said that people should trust in Him with this kind of childlike faith. We do not have to understand all the mysteries of the universe; it should be enough to know that God loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. This doesn’t mean that we should be childish or immature, but we should trust God with a child’s simplicity and receptivity. (NLT)
Mark 10:13-16 – One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them, but the disciples told them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased with his disciples. He said to them, “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.” Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” — Mark 10:14 (NIV)
“Story” – Karen Woodard (North Carolina, USA) titled her story “HEART OF GRATITUDE;” here is Karen’s story:
“My son has a severe form of dyslexia that makes school-work very difficult for him. I recently met with his teacher to design an education plan specifically for him.
“After our long meeting, the teacher told me that my son comes to her at the end of each school day and thanks her for teaching him. I was deeply moved. I had no idea he did that! I know how much he dislikes school because it is so difficult for him. Yet he shows gratitude to his teacher in her efforts to help him.
“I decided that I would do well to follow my son’s example and try always to have such an attitude of gratitude, especially when it comes to my relationship with God. In today’s passage from Mark’s Gospel, Jesus directs us to follow the example of a child. Even though some days are not pleasant or easy, having a heart of gratitude toward God reaps a heavenly reward.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Beginning today I will more readily give thanks to God.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for all that you do and have done for us. Give us hearts of gratitude, purity, and humility. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
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