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A Puzzling Gift (Monday)
Read: Proverbs 3:1-8
"Puzzles!" Camila exclaimed when she and her brother opened the package that had just been delivered. "Grandma sent one for each of us."
"She sent us a letter too," Santiago said, holding up an envelope. "Look! It's taped shut, and she wrote a message on it. It says, Don't open this envelope until you've both finished your puzzle.'" Santiago frowned. "I wonder what that's for."
Camila and Santiago dumped their puzzle pieces on the kitchen table and began putting them together. "I'm missing a piece," Santiago said when he finally added the last piece he had to his puzzle.
"I'm missing one too," said Camila. "It leaves a hole in my puzzle. Maybe we dropped them somewhere."
Camila looked all over the floor while Santiago searched the wrapping paper and boxes, but they couldn't find the missing pieces.
"Do you think it's okay to open our letter even though the puzzles aren't quite done?" Santiago asked. Their mother nodded, so they quickly opened the envelope.
"Are you missing something?" Camila read aloud. "I am too! I miss each of you, so I'm coming to visit next week. Love, Grandma."
When Grandma came, she gave each of the kids a small package. Opening hers, Camila found the missing puzzle piece and a bead bracelet. Santiago got his missing piece and a key chain. "All right!" said Camila. "Next time we put our puzzles together, they won't have holes in them anymore."
"No, but without the holes, don't forget that I miss you when I can't see you. When I'm not able to spend time with you, I feel like there's a hole in my heart," Grandma said, giving them each a hug. "Do you know who else wants to spend time with you?"
"Our friends?" asked Camila.
Grandma smiled. "I'm sure they do, but I was thinking of Jesus. He has a special message for you too."
"He does?" Santiago asked. "What message?"
"The message in His Word, the Bible," Grandma replied. "Even though you can't see Him, He wants you to know how much He loves you and that He's always there to help you and guide you. Spend time with Him by reading His Word and taking it to heart." Karen H. Whiting
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you keep in touch with friends and relatives you don’t see often? When you miss them, do you send them an email or text message? Jesus has a very important message He wants you to read—His Word, the Bible. He wants you to know how much He loves you and that you can always trust Him. Even though you can’t see Him, you can get to know Jesus better by reading His message to you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Proverbs 3:1 (KJV)
Do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands. (NKJV)
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The Best Kind of Beauty (Tuesday)
Read: 1 Samuel 16:6-12
"Mom, how can I know if I'm beautiful?" Keira asked as she climbed into their blue minivan.
"What makes you ask that?" her mom questioned.
"At lunch, some of my friends were talking about the girls in our class. They said that Isabelle is so beautiful. Am I beautiful too?"
Keira's mom turned to look at her. "First of all, I'm guessing your friends were talking about outer beauty. It's easy to think of beauty only as how a person looks."
"What other kind of beauty is there?" Keira asked as she twirled her wavy black hair.
"There's also inner beauty. It's shown through things like how you treat people and care for others."
"So, like doing nice things for people?" Keira asked.
"Yes," Mom answered. "I thought it was beautiful when you gave your allowance to help families in need. Inner beauty is what matters most to God."
Keira smiled and then caught a glimpse of her reflection in the window. "Mom, do I have outer beauty too?"
"You certainly do, Keira. You are made beautifully in God's image. The world wants us to think that outer beauty looks only one way, but that's just not true. Beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors."
"Was I still beautiful when I fell off my bike and scraped my face? Or how about when I had that goopy pink eye?" Keira asked.
"You were still beautiful, but there are things in this world that aren't," Mom said as they pulled into their driveway. "Just like we can get scraped up on the outside, our inner beauty gets scraped up too. When sin came into the world, it left a huge, ugly scar on each of our hearts."
"I don't like that," said Keira.
"Neither does God," Mom said as she shut the van door. "That's why He sent Jesus to save us from sin--so He could heal our hearts and make them beautiful. And one day, when He returns, He'll heal our physical scars too."
"So, I'm beautiful because of Jesus?" Keira asked.
"Exactly." Her mom gave her a squeeze. "Being loved by Jesus is the most beautiful thing of all." Amanda Jass
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you put more focus on outer appearances instead of what’s on the inside? Our bodies are beautiful gifts from God, but the Bible says that when God looks at us, He sees our hearts. Because of the ugliness of sin, we need Jesus to heal us so our actions can reflect His beauty and love. Always remember that you are wonderfully made by God, and you are beautiful because of Him!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (NIV)
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In the Dark (Wednesday)
Read: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; John 3:19-21
The dining room at Camp Macoma rang with singing as the youth group gathered for bedtime devotions.
A storm had been brewing over the lake, and soon thunder and lightning interrupted the singing. Suddenly the dining hall was enveloped in darkness.
"Sit tight," Mr. Mike said. "Mr. Scott will see about getting the lights back on."
At first the kids huddled where they were, but soon they got accustomed to the darkness and became braver. Ignoring Mr. Mike's warning, some of them started moving around. "Becca, there's a mouse on your leg," Cody called out.
Becca laughed. "If there were one, you wouldn't even be able to see it."
As kids moved around, something brushed against Kendall's leg. "What's that?" she screamed as she jumped back, bruising her knee on a table.
"All right, kids. Calm down!" Mr. Mike ordered, and the group reluctantly settled down. "While we wait for the lights to come back on, let's think about what happened tonight," Mr. Mike continued. "How did you feel when the lights first went out?"
Cody laughed. "The girls were scared," he said.
"I think you all were a little uncomfortable," said Mr. Mike. "But when you got used to the darkness, some of you actually enjoyed it and had fun scaring each other. Was that a good thing?"
"No!" Kendall promptly replied. "I think it's dangerous. I hurt my leg."
"Wandering in darkness can be dangerous," agreed Mr.Mike, "and it's especially dangerous to wander in what we refer to as the darkness of sin. We sometimes get used to that kind of darkness too. We may get so used to a particular sin that we actually like it. We don't realize the danger until we get hurt. That's why we need Jesus--He's our light. When we recognize our sins for what they are and confess them to Him, He forgives us so we can walk in His light."
Just then, the lights came back on and the group gave a loud cheer. Mr. Mike nodded. "We also tend to forget that someday everything will be brought to light. Instead of ignoring or hiding our sin, let's ask Jesus to forgive us and help us live in the light of His truth and love." Jan L. Hansen
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Would you like people to know everything you do? Or would it be embarrassing for you? Don’t be counted among those who “loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Don’t stumble in the darkness of sin when you can walk in the light of Jesus. Confess your sins to Him and ask Him to forgive you. Then walk in the light of His truth and love.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 John 1:7 (KJV)
If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another. (NKJV)
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No Doubt About It (Thursday)
Read: Psalm 103:8-12; Micah 7:18-19
Damitri sighed as he sat on the beach and watched big waves come in and go out. He was thinking of something he had done earlier that week--something bad. He knew it was wrong, and he had asked Jesus to forgive him. But was his sin really gone forever? What if it came back?
Damitri turned as his grandfather sat down beside him. "Now, here we are by this big, beautiful ocean, yet you look more worried than a turkey on Thanksgiving morning," Grandpa said. "What's bothering you?"
Damitri sighed. "Grandpa? How do we know our sins are really gone?"
Grandpa turned to look out at the water. "Seeing the ocean reminds me of a verse in the Bible that says God has cast our sins into the depths of the sea."
"Oh yeah, I remember learning a verse about that," Damitri replied. "If they're buried in the sea like that, they can't ever come back, can they?"
"No way!" Grandpa replied. "God also gives another example that helps us understand they're gone for good. Can you see where the ocean ends?"
Damitri cupped his hands over his eyes and looked into the distance. He shook his head. "No. I see where it looks like it ends, but I know it goes on a lot farther than that. When we were out on the sailboat yesterday, we could see only sky and water in every direction."
Grandpa nodded. "It seemed a long, long way from one edge of the sky to the other, didn't it? But that's nothing compared to the distance God has removed our sins from us. The Bible says the sins of those who trust in Jesus are removed as far as the east is from the west."
"In school we learned east and west never meet," said Damitri thoughtfully. "They're in total opposite directions. So I guess that would mean our sins are gone forever."
"They sure are," Grandpa replied. "If we try to remove them ourselves, it doesn't work--we'll still have them. But Jesus took the punishment for our sins on the cross. When we put our trust in Him, He removes them all. And you can be sure He's done a good job. You won't see those sins again!" Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you wonder if you need to be saved over and over again? It’s true that you still sin sometimes and should confess any sin to Jesus. But if you trust Him as your Savior, know that He’s removed the guilt of your sin for good—it’s no longer part of who you are. It’s as far from you as the east is from the west. The sacrifice He made for you covers all your sins.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 103:12 (KJV)
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (NLT)
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Hidden Inside (Friday)
Read: EPHESIANS 2:4-10
"Hi, Mom. What's for supper?" asked Aubrey as she came into the kitchen. Mom grinned. Aubrey asked the same question every day when she got home from school. "I'm sooo hungry when I get off the bus," Aubrey said. She went to the stove, lifted a lid off a pan, and peered inside. "Is this what I think it is? Are we having tacos?" Mom nodded, and Aubrey let out a whoop.
"Put your things away, and then you can help me cut up the rest of the veggies," said Mom. Aubrey grabbed her books and bounded up the steps to her room.
"Well, what should I do first?" asked Aubrey when she returned.
"First wash your hands," said Mom. "Then you can cut up those tomatoes. I've already washed them."
Picking up a shiny red tomato, Aubrey began to slice it. "Ugh, Mom! It's all rotten in the middle!" she exclaimed. "We can't use this."
Mom came over to see. "Hmm, that's funny," she said. "It looks perfect on the outside--there isn't even a bruise. But you're right. We can't use that one."
At the dinner table, Mom added tomatoes to her taco. "You know, Aubrey," she said, "that rotten tomato reminds me of us."
Aubrey gave her mother a puzzled glance, then looked down at her hands. "Huh?"
Mom laughed. "I was referring to people in general, and how many of us put on what we call a good front. We may do good things and look fine on the outside, but God sees the sin in our hearts. He knows what we're really like on the inside."
"And we're rotten and useless, like that tomato?" asked Aubrey.
"Not exactly," said Mom. "We couldn't fix the tomato and make it good, so we just dumped it. But God can fix people. When we stop trying to make ourselves good and instead trust Jesus to save us, He removes our sin and gives us His goodness. Then we're whole and useful. Isn't that great?"
"Yes." Aubrey smiled. "More like these good tomatoes," she said, putting them on her own taco. "Yum!" CHRISTINE P. HONEY
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you do a lot of good things? Do you think you look good to God for that reason? It doesn’t work that way. While you may look good to other people, God sees your heart—He knows you’re a sinner. You need Jesus. Only He can save you from sin and give you a good heart. Trust Him as your Savior. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: ISAIAH 64:6 (KJV)
WE ARE ALL INFECTED AND IMPURE WITH SIN. WHEN WE DISPLAY OUR RIGHTEOUS DEEDS, THEY ARE NOTHING BUT FILTHY RAGS. (NLT)