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The Fear of God (Monday)
Read: Hebrews 12:22-29
"Look, Dad," said Nora as she and her father walked along the beach. "That man over there has a sign on a stick. It says, Fear God.'" She frowned. "You
always say God is our Father. Aren't we supposed to love and trust Him?"
"Yep,'' Dad said, "just like you love and trust me-- only more." He smiled and squeezed her arm.
"Then we aren't supposed to fear God like that sign says, are we?" asked Nora. "I'm not afraid of you, so why should I be afraid of God?"
"Well..." Dad looked toward the ocean. There was a strong wind, and the waves crashed hard on the beach. "Would you go swimming in the ocean today?" he asked.
Nora shook her head. "No way!"
"But why not? You're one of the best swimmers on your school team. How can you be afraid of water?"
"I'm not afraid of water," replied Nora, "but I'm smart enough to know the waves today are stronger than I am. I don't want to mess with them."
"So, in a way, you do fear the waves, but your fear is really respect. You respect the power of the waves to crash and smash and actually cause harm to you if you get in their way," said Dad. "That kind of fear brings wisdom, so you won't go in the water, right?"
Nora nodded thoughtfully. "I guess that's a good way to explain it."
"It's a good way to explain the fear of God too," Dad told her. "He doesn't want us to be afraid and hide from Him--He sent Jesus to die for us so we could have a relationship with Him and be His children. But He wants us to understand how powerful He is and to respect Him and His right to do whatever is best, even when it involves punishing sin or disciplining us to help us mature."
Nora looked out at the ocean waves again. "I think I get it."
"Good." Dad started walking faster. "Now, since we can't go swimming, I'll race you to the ice cream stand!" Heather M. Tekavec
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you fear God? Does His awesome power amaze you? If you know and love Jesus, fearing God isn’t a scary thing. It’s an incredible feeling when you realize all that power belongs to the One who loves you and will always do what is best for you. God’s children don’t need to be afraid of Him. Fearing God means respecting His authority and trusting Him to care for you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (NKJV)
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Right Thing, Wrong Time (Tuesday)
Read: ECCLESIASTES 3:1-11
Rubbing the last of the toothpaste stains on her sleeve, Stephanie checked herself in the bathroom mirror one last time. Probably nobody would even notice. She rushed into the hallway toward Mom's impatient calling.
"Stephanie, come on! It's time to leave for--what happened to your uniform?"
Stephanie stopped with a grimace. "I...I tried to wash my face, brush my teeth, and get dressed at the same time. I thought it would get me a few extra minutes to play." Sighing, she looked down at the greenish splotches on her bright yellow polo. "Instead it just got me messy. I'm sorry."
Mom chuckled. "It's all right. You did the right things--just at the wrong time." After ducking into the kitchen, Mom emerged with a damp cloth and scrubbed at the toothpaste. "It's coming out, but your shirt will be wet for a while. I'll turn up the air in the minivan so it'll dry on the way."
Chloe, Stephanie's older sister, sneered. "Aw, then we don't get to see the look on everyone's face when she walks into school like that!"
Stephanie took the cloth to the hamper. "Thanks, Mom."
The sisters belted themselves into their seats, Chloe laughing. "You're so silly, Stephanie. Messing up your uniform just for a little extra playtime."
Mom punched the button to close the garage door and pulled the minivan out of the driveway. "Now, Chloe. Play isn't a bad thing."
"Really? Then why are we going to school? Why can't we play all day long?"
"Because there's a time for school and a time for play. Playtime comes after school, when your mind is tired and needs a break."
"I never thought of it that way," said Chloe. "That's pretty neat."
Mom nodded. "It's not just neat, it's beautiful! God has appointed a time for all good things. He loves us and provides for us, and His timing is perfect. Instead of trying to do things on our own schedule, we need to trust Him to help us do the right things at the right time."
Looking down at the wet splotch on her shirt, Stephanie smirked. "Yeah. And as I just learned, when you do the right thing at the wrong time, it isn't so beautiful." JOHN LEATHERMAN
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Does it ever seem like you don’t have enough time? Do you want to rush through the difficult or boring parts of your life so you can get to the things you want to do? Remember that God in His wisdom has appointed a time for everything. When you do things according to His schedule, He’ll provide what you need when you need it. Trust His timing.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: ECCLESIASTES 3:11 (KJV)
[GOD] HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME. (NKJV)
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The Lost One (Wednesday)
Read: Luke 15:3-7
Luke frantically looked for his newest toy. He had just bought it a few days before after saving up money to get it, and now it was nowhere to be found. He remembered placing it in his backpack, but it wasn't there now.
Are you 100 percent sure that you placed it in your bag?" Mom asked.
"Yes, 100 percent sure," replied a very distraught Luke.
"I haven't seen it," Mom told him as she started to help him look for it. The more
Luke looked, the more he feared the worst. Mom had taken some trash out earlier, and he was afraid it had been in there and was now gone forever.
A while later, Mom came to Luke's bedroom door. "Why have you looked so hard for this toy?" she asked.
"Because I worked hard to buy it, and I love it. It's important to me," Luke replied as tears began to run down his face.
Mom gently brushed one of his tears away and pulled the lost toy from her pocket.
"Oh, Mom! You found it!" Luke beamed as he took it from her. "Where was it?"
"In the laundry room. It must have been in one of your pockets." She sat down beside Luke on the bed. "You know, this reminds me of a story in the Bible."
"It does?" Luke thought about it. "Oh yeah, I know! The story Jesus told about a shepherd going after the lost sheep."
"Yes," said Mom. "The other sheep were a lot like the other toys in your bag-- they were safe. But the one that had gotten lost was not, and the shepherd cared just as much for that one as the others. He loved it so much he left the others to go and search for it."
Luke looked up at his mom. "We're the lost sheep in that story, aren't we?"
Mom nodded. "When we were lost in sin, He came to earth and died to pay for our sins so we could belong to Him and not be lost anymore."
Luke smiled. "I'm sure glad He loves us enough to go searching for us." Mom kissed him on the forehead. "Me too!" Kristy Wolfe
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever lost something precious to you? Did you search and search for it until it was found? That’s how Jesus feels about you. If you are lost in sin, He is searching for you. He wants to find you and bring you into the fold with His other sheep. Once you’ve been found, you belong to Him and will never be lost again. Trust Him to save you. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Luke 19:10 (KJV)
For the Son of Man [Jesus] has come to seek and to save the lost. (CSB)
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Thoughtful Redecorating (Thursday)
Read: Isaiah 26:3-4; Philippians 4:6-9
Mom looked around Alicia's room in admiration. "I still can't get over how lovely your room looks since we tore down that ugly green wallpaper and repainted the walls."
"I know!" said Alicia. "It sure was a lot of hard work, but now I love how my new room looks with the lilac paint and white picture frames."
Mom smiled. "Are you ready to go school supply shopping now?"
Alicia's forehead wrinkled. "I guess," she mumbled.
"What's wrong, sweetie? You're usually excited to help me shop for your school
"It's not that." Alicia heaved a big sigh. "I'm just so nervous about starting a new school. What if I don't like it, or I don't make any friends? What if I do something clumsy on the first day and everyone laughs at me?"
"Hmm," mused Mom as she gently tapped Alicia's forehead with her finger. "It sounds to me like you need to do some redecorating in here."
Alicia looked confused. "Huh? What are you talking about, Mom?"
Mom sat down beside her. "Well, are your what-if thoughts true things that have actually happened?"
"No," Alicia grudgingly admitted. "I guess not."
"When you were younger and had bad dreams, you would come to me afraid, even though your dreams weren't real. We prayed that Jesus would help you think about true and good things, as it says in Philippians, so that you would stop thinking about your nightmare and go back to sleep."
Alicia thought for a minute. "So, I need to redecorate the walls of my mind by tearing down my fearful what-if thoughts and putting up true, good thoughts?"
"Exactly," Mom said. "How do you think you can do that?"
Alicia paused. "Well, I know that when I trusted Jesus to be my Savior, He promised to never leave me, no matter what happens--or how clumsy I am."
Mom smiled. "Yes, and He also promises to help you live according to the truth of His Word, the Bible. Tearing down that old wall paper wasn't easy, and neither is changing our thinking. I often struggle with that too," she admitted. "But just like I helped you redo your room, the Holy Spirit will help you redecorate your mind with the truth of Jesus." Elise Johnson
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you often find yourself thinking about what-ifs? Do you worry that you won’t make the soccer team or that no one at your new school will want to be your friend? Instead of worrying about what-ifs, God tells us to think about what is true and good, like the promises in His Word. If you know Jesus, He has saved you from sin and promises to always be with you. Fix your thoughts on His truth.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. (NLT)
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Just-right Place (Friday)
Read: John 14:1-6
Nate eagerly ripped open the envelope. He took the letter out and quickly looked at the ending. Yep. It ends the same way, he thought, and I can't get anybody to tell me what it means!
Nate had spent a few weeks of his summer vacation in the mountains with his grandparents, followed by a couple weeks of camp. While he was away, he'd received several letters from home, and each one ended with, "We have a big surprise for you when you get back." Nate wondered about the surprise. It must be a puppy, he thought. He had wanted a puppy for a long time.
But when Nate arrived home from camp, no small dog greeted him at the door. Instead, his little brothers came running. Jumping up and down with excitement, they pulled him toward the basement steps. "Come on, Nate!" they squealed. "Come see your surprise!" His parents just smiled.
Nate couldn't figure it out. What surprise could be in the basement? At the bottom of the stairs, he noticed a wall and door that hadn't been there before. His brother Owen opened the door. "Ta-da!" he exclaimed.
Nate walked into the room. "Whoa! My very own bedroom!" He could hardly believe he would no longer have to share space with his two little brothers. "You even got me a desk--and bookshelves!" The room had been painted a deep shade of blue, his favorite color, and white carpet covered the floor.
"Well, what do you think?" asked Mom. "Do you like it?"
"It's the best surprise ever! Thank you!" Nate grinned. "It's kinda like heaven!" Dad laughed. "We're glad you like it, but it's not quite that good."
"No, but it reminds me of something we talked about at camp--that Jesus is in
heaven right now preparing a place for us. You made me a just-right place here at home, and Jesus is making us a just-right place where we'll live with Him forever!"
"Yes," said Dad, "He's preparing a perfect place for all His children--all who trust in Him as Savior. And it will be better than anything we can imagine." Linda M. Weddle
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Did you know that Jesus is preparing a place where all His children will live with Him forever? It will be a place free of sin, sickness, and death, so there will be no jails, hospitals, or cemeteries. It will be better than anything you can imagine. If you trust Him as your Savior, He’s preparing a place there just for you. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 14:2 (KJV)
In My Father’s house are many mansions...I go to prepare a place for you. (NKJV)