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Read: Psalm 103:1-6
When Catherine and Edward came home from school, they found their mother sitting in the middle of the living room floor, surrounded by small piles of pictures. "You kids want to help organize these?" she asked.
They eagerly agreed, and soon Edward and Catherine were giggling about the pictures--some taken many years before.
"Look at Mom in this one!" said Catherine. "She has a ponytail!"
Edward laughed. "Here's Fiona when she was a tiny kitten."
When Dad came home, he joined the twins on the floor. Soon all three were chuckling over a group of baby pictures.
As they sat down for family devotions later that evening, Dad held up two snapshots. One was a picture of an old car.
Mom laughed. "Oh dear! Remember all the trouble we had with that car?" "I sure do," said Dad. "When I saw this picture, I remembered the time the transmission had to be replaced and we didn't have the money. Remember how God provided the funds for it by allowing me to find that painting job?" Mom nodded.
Then Dad showed the second picture--a photo of Catherine in her bathrobe, looking very pale. "That was taken after my operation," Catherine said, and the family talked about how her appendix had ruptured and the doctors had said she might die. "Wasn't God good to us?" Dad asked. "He healed Catherine."
Edward was puzzled. "What do those pictures have to do with family devotions?"
"They're here to serve as reminders," Dad replied. "We've all been a little anxious lately, wondering if I might lose my job with all the changes going on at my office."
"Oh yeah," Edward said quietly.
"But we need to remember what God has done for us in the past. He provided salvation for us through His Son, Jesus, and He's provided for us in so many other ways too. Just like He was faithful then, He will continue to lead and help us in the future--no matter what changes take place. We are His children, and He promises to take care of us."
Catherine smiled. "Looking at these picture brings back memories of how God took care of us before," she said. "And that helps us trust Him to do it again!" Raelene E. Phillips
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you worried about the future? Perhaps your parent needs a job or there has been an illness, death, or some other hardship in your family. Remember that God is always faithful. He provides for His children, even though it may be in ways you don’t expect. Think back on what He’s done for you in the past, and trust Him to take care of you in the future.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Deuteronomy 8:2 (KJV)
And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way. (NKJV)
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Visiting Grandpa (Tuesday)
Read: 1 Corinthians 12:22-27
Every Sunday, Aaron went with his parents to visit his grandpa at the nursing home. "Is Grandpa ever going to get better?" Aaron asked. "Since he had that stroke, he never talks to me anymore."
"I know," said Mom. "I'm sure he'd like to, but he can't. We don't know for certain, but it's possible Grandpa won't be completely well again until he's in heaven with Jesus. I know it's hard to see him like this, but remember that, because Grandpa's a Christian, Jesus will give him a new, perfect body one day. Our job right now is to take good care of him."
Aaron nodded, then pointed to a photo album Dad was carrying. "Did you bring that to show Grandpa?"
"We think he'll enjoy seeing the pictures again," Dad replied.
When they walked into Grandpa's room, he was sitting in his wheelchair. He looked up but couldn't say anything. Dad placed the album on the table and opened it. As Mom and Dad talked to him and pointed to pictures, Grandpa stared down at the photos and opened and closed his mouth. Aaron looked away as his mom wiped some dribble from Grandpa's mouth with a tissue.
"That's you and me, Grandpa!" Aaron said, pointing to one of the photos. "I was really little then." He looked more closely. "What were we doing?" he asked his parents.
Dad chuckled. "Grandpa was trying to teach you how to play checkers."
"You were so little then and didn't know how to move the pieces," said Mom, "but you liked it when Grandpa moved them for you." She laughed. "You kept trying to eat the pieces too."
Aaron grinned. "Looks like we were having fun."
The next Sunday, Aaron brought Grandpa's old checkerboard to the nursing home. He set it on the table in front of the wheelchair. "Don't worry, Grandpa," Aaron said. "I'll move the pieces for both of us." He put the checkers on the board and began moving them, switching colors every turn.
"Who's winning?" asked Dad after watching for a while.
Aaron looked up and smiled. "We're not playing to win. We're just having fun, aren't we, Grandpa?" Aaron glanced at his grandfather's face. He wasn't sure, but he thought he saw a little smile. Letitia L. Zook
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you know someone who needs help? Maybe a family member is sick or a friend is going through a hard time. They’re important to Jesus, and you can show His love to them by taking care of them in their time of need. What can you do to lift their spirits? How can you remind them of the hope they have in Jesus?
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: James 1:27 (KJV)
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress. (NLT)
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The Gardener (Wednesday)
Read: Isaiah 58:11; 61:10-11
Lily frowned as she grabbed a pair of gardening gloves and a hat. Pulling weeds in her grandmother's garden was the last thing she wanted to do on the last day of her summer vacation.
"Lily, I know this isn't how you wanted to spend your time today, but I'd at least like you to have a little fun," Grandma said after they had pulled a few weeds. "Don't you have a garden at home?"
"Yeah, but I just water the plants," Lily said. "The weeds won't do much harm. And besides, it's a lot of work."
Grandma looked surprised. "You don't pull the weeds in your garden? What kind of things do you grow?"
"I grow mint, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, blueberries, and hibiscus," Lily replied. "Wow!" said Grandma. "That's a lot for one little girl."
Lily shrugged. "I just water them on Saturdays, so it's not that hard."
"Only on Saturdays? I water mine once a day, and I pull the weeds out once a
Lily made a face. "That sounds like too much work to me."
"But that's what you need to do so the plants can grow and your garden will look pretty," Grandma said.
Lily sighed. "I guess my garden doesn't look very pretty."
"You know, that's kind of like what our hearts were like before Jesus came into our lives," said Grandma. "Nothing beautiful could grow in us because weeds of sin were sprouting everywhere. But then Jesus saved us. He watered us with His love and pulled out our weeds, and we grew under His care. And we're still growing!"
"Wow," Lily said. "Jesus really does a lot for us, doesn't He?"
"Yes, He does," said Grandma. "He takes care of us every day and gives us everything we need. He makes us beautiful."
Lily nodded. "When I get home, I'm going to follow Jesus' example and take better care of my garden. I'll water it and pull the weeds out and everything!" She beamed at Grandma. "I could even buy a little bench to put in it so I can read my Bible out there!" she said, getting more and more excited.
"That sounds like a wonderful idea, Lily," said Grandma. "I can't wait to see your beautiful garden." Caly Groves
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you have a garden that you help take care of? Having a garden is a lot of work. A beautiful garden can’t grow if the plants aren’t watered and the weeds aren’t pulled. The same is true for us. We need Jesus to pull the weeds of sin from our lives and plant His love in us. Under His loving care, we will grow to be like a beautiful garden.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Isaiah 58:11 (KJV)
[The Lord] will satisfy your needs...You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (NIV)
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The Wallet (Thursday)
Read: Luke 15:3-10
Where did my wallet go? wondered Nico as he got ready to leave school. He checked his pockets and looked all through his desk. I'm sure it was in my pocket when we walked back from the baseball field after gym class.
Before going home, Nico and one of his friends went out and searched all around the baseball diamond. No wallet. They looked in Nico's locker. It wasn't there either. They asked other kids if they had seen it. No one had. When Nico got home, he looked all through the house, even though he was sure it wouldn't be there. He was right. But when he checked the Lost and Found box at school the next day, he let out a whoop. "There it is!" he said joyfully.
That evening, Nico happily told his parents he had found his wallet.
"Your lost-and-found wallet reminds me of some parables Jesus told," said Dad. "In one, a shepherd searched till he found a sheep that was lost. In another, a woman lost a coin and searched until she found it. Both the shepherd and the woman called their friends to let them know what was lost had been found so they could rejoice together."
Nico grinned. "Did they throw a party? I could invite my friends over to celebrate my wallet being found!"
Mom laughed. "We'll skip the party, but you can have some cake," she said,
getting it out. "Do you know who else is happy when something is found?" "No. Who?" asked Nico.
"Jesus!" replied Mom.
Nico looked puzzled. "Jesus is happy I found my wallet?"
"Well, I'm sure He is because He cares about you," said Mom, "but I was thinking about people being found, not wallets. Those parables Jesus told show us how He seeks out people who are lost in sin and celebrates when they are found."
Dad nodded. "The Bible says the angels in heaven rejoice when a lost sinner turns to Jesus and is saved."
Nico took a bite of cake. "So, there was a party in heaven when I trusted Jesus as my Savior? That's cool!"
"It sure is," said Dad. "That's how much Jesus loves us." Jorlyn A. Grasser
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever lost something and searched a long time for it? Do you remember how happy you felt when you finally found it? That’s how Jesus describes the joy in heaven when a lost sinner turns to Him. He came to this earth to seek and save sinners—He gave His life so they could be found. That’s how much He loves you. When you trust in Him, you’re no longer lost. You’re found. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Luke 19:10 (KJV)
The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
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Get Rich Quick (Friday)
Read: PHILIPPIANS 4:10-13
"Alice, do you have fifty dollars I can borrow?" Sam asked his older sister.
"Fifty dollars!" said Alice. "No way! Mom said if you want that video game, you have to earn the money first."
"But I need the game now!" Sam sat down with a loud sigh. "How can I earn money fast?" he asked as their cat strolled into the room and jumped up on Alice's lap. "Maybe I can sell something. Maybe I can sell Scout!"
"What?" Alice pulled Scout closer. "You are not going to sell our cat!"
Later that evening, Alice thought of something. "You know, Sam, my teacher at church told us a way to get rich quick--or at least feel rich. I could tell you, but I'm not so sure you'll like it."
"I'll like it! I'll love it!" Sam said, tugging her arm. "Tell me what it is!"
"Well, what you need to do is count your blessings!" Alice explained. "Make a list of everything you're thankful for--all the blessings God has given you. My whole class did it, and it was really cool to see all the stuff we came up with. Try it for yourself."
Sam scrunched up his face. "You know that's not what I meant."
"You should try it anyway," Alice urged.
Sam was doubtful but finally agreed and went to find a notebook. After a while
he returned. "Look at all the things I thought of, Alice," he said, holding out the notebook.
Alice took the book and began to read the list: "Jesus, Mom and Dad, Alice." She grinned. "You mentioned me!" she said, then went on reading. "Scout, my friends, our house, hamburgers...this list goes on for three pages. Wow! Your list is even longer than mine was."
"Yeah, but I still don't have money for that game," said Sam.
"No, but our teacher reminded us that when we look at our list, we can see how much God has given us already," said Alice. "Including His richest blessing of all-- being saved from sin and having eternal life through Jesus. Things we own don't last that long, but knowing Jesus lasts forever!"
Sam hesitated, then he nodded. "You're right. Even if I never get that game, I'm already rich!" HOLLY F. CEPEDA
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you ever feel like you must have something in order to be happy? Sometimes you don’t get things when you want them; other times you may not get them at all. But stop and think about what you already have—your family, your friends, and most importantly, the gift of God’s Son, Jesus. When you remember the many blessings God has given you, you’ll see how rich you really are.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 (KJV)
BE THANKFUL IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, FOR THIS IS GOD’S WILL FOR YOU WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS. (NLT)