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Lukewarm Friends (Monday)
Read: Revelation 3:14-16
"Can I have something cold to drink, Mom?" Violet asked as she came in one hot
"Sure, but I think ice water is all we have," said Mom. "We're even out of milk."
"We have powdered milk though, don't we? Can I use it to make chocolate milk?"
"Good idea." Mom took out the box of powdered milk. "Here you go. The chocolate syrup is in the fridge."
Violet mixed some of the powder with water. "I need some advice," she said as she added the chocolate syrup. "There's a new girl at school--Amayah. She's nice, and I enjoy talking with her when it's just the two of us. But my other friends don't care to get to know her, so when they want me to ignore Amayah and play with them, I don't know what to do."
"What do you think God wants you to do?" asked Mom.
"Well, I know I should be friendly, and I am...sort of." Violet sighed. "But I don't want to lose my other friends." She took a sip of her milk, then made a face. "This tastes awful!" she exclaimed. "What did I do wrong?"
"The water from the tap isn't very cold, so your milk is probably lukewarm," Mom replied. "I think chocolate milk has to be either hot or cold to taste good."
"I never thought of that, but that's the problem," agreed Violet. "It isn't good lukewarm."
"No," said Mom, "and I think that may be your problem with Amayah too. I'm afraid you're being a lukewarm friend."
"What do you mean?" asked Violet.
"You're friendly with her when you have nothing to lose, but not when others are watching. You're neither hot nor cold, but somewhere in between. Your friendship with Amayah reminds me of a warning Jesus gives in the Bible about Christians who have a lukewarm relationship with Him. They want to be friends with Him only when it's convenient. Is that the kind of friend Jesus is to us?"
"No. He loves us so much He died for our sins. And He wants me to be a good friend to Amayah." Violet pushed her glass of milk away. "I'm going to be a friend like Him and invite Amayah to play with me tomorrow--no matter what anybody thinks." Karen E. Cogan
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you friends with Jesus? Do you follow and obey Him—even when it’s not convenient? He loves you and wants you to be His friend and show His love to others. Trust Him to help you do that, even when other people may not like it. Don’t be a lukewarm friend—or a lukewarm Christian. Make your friendship with Jesus more important than anyone else’s opinion.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Kings 8:23 (KJV)
You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.
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No Fish Food (Tuesday)
Read: Psalm 139:13-16; Matthew 7:7-12
"Beans! What are you doing?" Samantha's cat was doing his best to open a bottle of fish food on the counter. "You're naughty," Samantha said, scooping up the chubby cat. "Why do you want that so bad anyway? It's not for you."
As she put Beans down, Samantha caught sight of her soccer cleats lying near the door. She let out a long sigh, but she was distracted by Beans jumping right back onto the counter. He chewed at the bottle's lid.
"What a leap!" Samantha's older sister, Alexis, had just walked into the room. "We should call him Jumping Beans."
Samantha picked up Beans and sighed again.
"Well, I thought it was funny," Alexis said, walking over to scratch Beans's ears. "Hey, are you okay?"
"I got cut from the soccer team," Samantha muttered.
"I'm sorry, Sam," Alexis said, squeezing Samantha's shoulder. "I know you really wanted to play this year."
Samantha felt tears coming. "I practiced so much. And I prayed so hard that God would help me. Why would He let me get cut?"
"I don't know," said Alexis. Samantha wiped her eyes. "Why don't you let Beans eat the fish food?" Alexis asked.
Samantha stared. "Because it's for fish, not cats! He has to eat the food we give him."
"But he really wants it."
"Yeah, but he doesn't know it's wrong for him. Do you, silly cat?"
Alexis smiled as Beans purred. "Maybe you're in a similar situation." She walked over and shut the fish food into a cabinet over the aquarium. "Sometimes I think God has to take things we want away from us because He knows we need something else."
Samantha set Beans on the empty counter. He looked around, meowing.
"Beans doesn't understand why he can't have what he wants," Alexis continued. "And you might never know why you got cut. But even though you're disappointed, remember that God knows what's best for you, just like we know what Beans needs. He loves you and promises to work out everything for good. Trust Him, even when you're disappointed."
Alexis grabbed a bag of cat treats and shook it. Samantha couldn't help but smile as Beans rushed to Alexis's side. Katelyn Van Kooten
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you wonder why things don’t go the way you plan, even when you pray about it? The Bible says that God is your good Father. He knows what’s best for you—even better than you do. He’s the one who made you, saved you, and promises to work out everything in your life for good. When sad and disappointing things happen, you can still trust Him.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Romans 8:28 (KJV)
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)
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Older Than the Hills (Wednesday)
Read: Hebrews 1:8-12
"Look at this, Grandpa," said Jonah. "It almost looks like this stone is rotting away." Jonah was helping his grandfather in the garden and had found a strange-looking stone, full of tiny holes. "Hey--maybe this is a fossil! I saw a TV show about them."
Grandpa took the stone and looked it over. "Maybe you're right," he said. "So what did you learn about fossils?"
"I learned that when a living thing, like a plant or an animal, is buried in mud or clay for years and years, the material around it gets very hard as time goes by," replied Jonah. "Then the plant or animal dissolves away, leaving openings right in the hardened material. Those openings are exactly the shape of the plant or animal that has disappeared."
Grandpa looked at the stone again. "I think there was a plant in this one," he said, pointing to the imprint in the stone. "See the leaf-shape here?"
Jonah nodded. "This has gotta be real old," he said. "As old as the hills--that's what I've heard people say." He grinned at Grandpa. "How old is that? As old as you?" he teased.
Grandpa grinned too. Making his voice shaky, he replied, "Oh, not nearly that old." They laughed together, then Grandpa said, "Actually, we don't know for sure exactly how old the hills are, but God knows. He existed long before the earth or anything in it."
"Yeah. He's older than anybody, isn't He?" Jonah said. "Even older than Jesus."
Grandpa disagreed. "No," he said, "Jesus is God too. He was right there when the earth was made. Jesus, along with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, made the earth and everything in it."
"But Jesus was born in Bethlehem," objected Jonah.
"Yes, He was born as a baby many years after the earth was made so He could save us from sin, but before that, Jesus was up in heaven," Grandpa explained.
"He is eternal. That means He has no beginning and no end because He is God."
Jonah furrowed his eyebrows. "That's hard for me to understand."
"For me too," Grandpa said. "But I'm so glad we serve an eternal God who's greater than we can comprehend." Carolyn E. Yost
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Is it hard for you to understand things about God? Some things are hard for anyone to understand—even Bible scholars and pastors. As you grow older, you’ll learn more and more, but there will be many things you won’t fully understand until you see Jesus face-to-face. Until that day, thank Him for His greatness and for loving you so much.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 1:3 (KJV)
All things were created through [Jesus], and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. (CSB)
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Free as a Butterfly (Thursday)
Read: Colossians 3:12-15
Ana felt her face burn with embarrassment and anger. Out of the corner of her eye, she could see Conner and Amos looking at her and laughing. "All those freckles," she heard Amos whisper, and then they laughed again.
"Amos! Conner!" Mrs. Bootsma spoke sternly. "Settle down!"
At recess time, Ana didn't feel like talking or playing with her friends. She found a grassy spot and plopped down by herself. I hate my stupid freckles, she thought as she watched a butterfly fluttering nearby. Or maybe I just hate Amos and Conner.
Ana saw her teacher approaching. "Mind if I join you?" Mrs. Bootsma asked. "It's such a lovely day, I just had to come out." Ana tried to smile as Mrs. Bootsma sat down. Neither talked for a little while. They just watched the butterfly. Then Mrs. Bootsma spoke again. "Isn't that butterfly beautiful, Ana?" Without waiting for an answer, she continued. "God made butterfly wings very delicate, and He made them in a special way so water doesn't soak into them. It just sits on top. If the water soaked in, the wings would get so heavy that the butterfly wouldn't be free to fly."
"That's interesting," said Ana. She wasn't in the mood for another science lesson, but she didn't want to hurt Mrs. Bootsma's feelings.
"Our hearts are like that too," Mrs. Bootsma continued. "If we let bitterness soak in, the heaviness weighs us down and we can't be free. So Jesus gives us the ability to forgive. His love is like a special coating on our hearts that can keep bitterness from soaking in. When others hurt us, we can bring our hurts to Him instead of becoming bitter. He gives us the ability to forgive so we can freely love others the way He loves us."
Ana looked at her teacher. She knew Mrs. Bootsma must have heard what Conner and Amos said. "Thanks, Mrs. Bootsma." She stood. "If it's okay with you,
I think I'll play with my friends now."
As Ana ran to the swings, she passed Conner and Amos. "Great job on your drawings in art today," she called to them. They looked at her in surprise. She smiled and felt free as a butterfly. Melissa Ross
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Has someone hurt your feelings? Have you allowed bitterness to soak in and weigh you down? It hurts when others say or do mean things, but don’t let your hurt turn into bitterness. Talk to Jesus about it, and trust Him to help you forgive others as He has forgiven you. When you let go of bitterness and choose to forgive instead, you can enjoy the freedom of showing others God’s love.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Colossians 3:13 (KJV)
Forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)
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Rescued Kitten (Friday)
Read: Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Peter 1:3-4
"Mom! Pepper sharpened his claws on the couch again!" called Emma as she and her friend Olivia went into the living room to play a game.
"Oh no!" Mom exclaimed, coming in and inspecting the couch. "We're going to have to get that cat a scratching post."
"When did you get him?" asked Olivia. "I didn't even know you had a cat."
"He was meowing outside our door during the thunderstorm we had a couple weeks ago," Emma replied. "We put up some signs, but nobody reported a lost kitten, so now he's ours. We named him Pepper." Emma picked up Pepper and stroked his fur. "When we found him, he was cold and wet and scared and trembling all over."
"Poor thing," said Olivia.
Emma nodded. "We rubbed him down with a soft towel and fed him. Now he has a home and a family who loves him."
"That's right,"said Mom. She turned and spoke to the kitten. "But you need to learn not to scratch the furniture." Then she smiled. "Though I guess I need to be patient with him, because we humans are often the same way."
"Who, us?" asked Emma, pretending to have her feelings hurt.
"Yes," said Mom, "all of us! I'm sure you both know that before we were saved, we were in much worse shape than Pepper. We were sinners with no hope. When we trusted Jesus as our Savior, God forgave our sins and gave us a brand-new life. But we still do wrong things sometimes. Just like Pepper gives in to his instinct to sharpen his claws on the couch, we give in to our sinful nature."
"So how do we change?" asked Olivia.
"Yeah," said Emma. "Didn't you say Pepper can learn not to scratch the couch?"
Mom nodded. "Since Pepper is now part of our family, we can teach him not to be destructive. And God teaches us how to act like members of His family too. He gives us His Holy Spirit, who gives us the power to live a godly life. We'll still do wrong things sometimes, but when we do, Jesus will always forgive us."
"Just like we forgive Pepper for scratching the couch!" Emma said, petting the cat's head.
Mom nodded. "But we're still going to get a scratching post!" Holly F. Cepeda
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you learning how to be a member of God’s family? You’ll still sin sometimes, but if you know Jesus, the Holy Spirit is teaching you to change your ways. Thank God for making you part of His family through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. Thank Him for the Holy Spirit, who gives you power over sin. Trust Him to guide you in turning from sin and doing what’s right.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (NIV)