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Blessed and a Blessing (Monday)
Read: Psalm 92:12-15
As Gemma walked into the nursing home with her mother, she wrinkled her nose. "It's hot in here, and it doesn't smell very good either," she grumbled.
"It's very warm here because most of the people are old and like the warmth," Mom replied. "Many are on medications too, and that sometimes makes an unpleasant odor. But after you've visited Great-Aunt Rita and some of the others, I think you'll be glad you came. They're always such a blessing to me--and I'm sure you'll be a blessing to them too. It's amazing how Jesus uses us to bless one another."
Gemma frowned. She hadn't really wanted to come in the first place. The stuffy room and smell of medication didn't do anything to change her mind. She could not imagine feeling blessed for being there as she followed her mother down the hall.
As they entered the first room, Great-Aunt Rita broke into a smile and called out, "Oh, you brought your precious daughter!" Then she turned to Gemma. "You'll have to excuse the outburst, dear, but around here we seldom see beautiful young girls. Most of us have so many wrinkles we've forgotten what it was like to be young." She laughed pleasantly as she spoke, and Gemma began to smile too. Before long, she was telling the elderly woman about her school activities, her class at church, and her recent birthday party.
Several other people came into the room, and at their urging, Gemma sang for them. They asked for another number, and her mother smiled at her. "Many elderly people don't know the songs we often sing these days, so why don't you sing a hymn?" Mom suggested. "You know the words to several of the hymns we sing at church, don't you?"
Gemma nodded and began to sing one of them. Soon several quavering, old voices joined her clear, young one in praising God through well-loved hymns.
After they had said their goodbyes and were back in the car, Gemma turned to her mother. "You were right, Mom," she said. "I'm sure I'm the one who got the biggest blessing."
-Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever visited someone in a nursing home or a hospital? You probably brightened their day and were a huge blessing to them. Did you find that they were a blessing to you too? Blessings are often a two-way street—as God uses us to bless others and remind them of His love, we may find we’re being blessed as well. How can you be a blessing to someone and help them remember that Jesus loves and cares for them?
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Acts 20:35 (KJV)
It is more blessed to give than to receive. (NKJV)
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Deaf, Yet Hearing (Tuesday)
Read: James 1:21-25
"Our kids' choir is going to sign the words as we sing today," said Talia excitedly. "Even Milo will be able to understand them." Milo was a deaf friend.
As the choir sang, Talia noticed Milo watching attentively as the kids signed the words to the song.
"It was so cool to see Milo listening," she said at lunchtime. "And he watched the interpreter when Pastor Steven spoke too."
That afternoon, Talia's brother Joel asked her to help him with an experiment. She frowned. "No! I'm sick of your experiments!"
"But I really need help with this," Joel said. Talia ignored him. "Please, Talia," he pleaded.
"Get away from me," she said crossly, adding some other unkind words.
Mom looked at Talia sadly. "You told us how eagerly Milo listened to the choir and to Pastor Steven this morning. Even though his ears didn't work, he heard the message. But I'm not sure you did."
Talia scowled. "I'm not deaf. Of course I heard it."
Mom raised her brows. "Well, Pastor Steven reminded us how God showed us His love by sending Jesus to save us, and that we need to show others His love by building each other up and helping one another. After the service, I saw Milo give the candy he got in Sunday school to his sister, and he held the door open for a woman in a wheelchair. I think his actions showed that he heard the message with his heart even though he couldn't hear it with his ears. Judging from the way you've been speaking to your brother, I wonder if the message stopped at your ears."
Talia was startled. She knew that hearing God's message with her ears was not as important as responding with her heart. "I...I'm sorry," she said. She turned to her brother. "I'll help you, Joel--if you still want me to."
"Sure," said Joel. He grinned at her. "I knew this experiment would be a good one! It's done you good already."
"Did not," said Talia. "How did it do me any good?"
"Because you learned that you need to listen with your heart," Joel said. "So you can thank my experiment for that lesson." Then he smiled and led the way to his room.
-Nance E. Keyes
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How well do you hear? Does your heart respond to the messages God gives you in the Bible and at church? Or do you hear them only with your ears and fail to put them into practice? Don’t let what God says to you go in one ear and out the other. Think about it and respond with your heart. Be a doer of God’s Word.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: James 1:22 (KJV)
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
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Straight and Tall (Wednesday)
Read: Hebrews 12:5-11
Amari watched as his dad pounded a post into the ground close to a young tree. He then began to tie the tree to the post.
"Why are you doing that?" Amari asked.
"If I don't, this tree will not be straight and tall when it's fully grown," Dad answered. He put his hand on the small tree trunk. "See how it's beginning to lean to the side? If I don't do something about that now, it will keep on leaning until it's too late to correct it."
When Dad finished the job, Amari patted the tree trunk. "Don't take it too hard, little tree," he said. "It might hurt now, but later you'll be glad you were straightened out."
"Is that how you feel when I have to straighten you out on certain things?" Dad asked with a smile.
Amari laughed. "Not really, but that's what you always tell me."
"Well, when I see you doing things that aren't very Christ-like, it's my duty to correct you and help you change your ways--just like we're helping this tree," Dad said. "When you think about it like that, aren't you glad I do that for you?"
Amari didn't answer immediately. He thought of various times he had been punished for doing something that was wrong. Sometimes he'd been grounded, or his screen time had been taken away, or he'd been assigned extra chores. It isn't any fun when that kind of thing happens, but I guess it works, he thought. At least it helps keep me from doing the same bad stuff over again.
"I don't like to punish you," Dad continued, "but if I'm going to be the kind of father God wants me to be--one who loves you enough to correct you when you're wrong--it's sometimes necessary." He smiled. "Don't forget--our heavenly Father loves us enough to discipline us too. Because Jesus saved us, sin isn't a part of who we are anymore. That's why God uses discipline--sometimes through parents--to help us grow to be more like Him."
Amari knew his dad was right. "I guess I am glad you correct me," he said. "Just don't ask me how I feel about it when it's happening!"
-Barbara J. Westberg
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How do you feel when you’re punished for doing wrong things? Are you angry and resentful? Or do you recognize that someone is working to help you become a better person? God puts parents, grandparents, teachers, and other adults in your life to help you grow the way you should because He loves you. Be thankful for His correction as He works to make you more like Jesus.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Hebrews 12:6 (KJV)
For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child. (NLT)
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Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Grady sighed as he looked at the unopened boxes stacked against the walls. "Tired of opening boxes?" his mom asked, stepping back from the picture she'd just hung up.
"No, it's just that I...I wish we hadn't moved," said Grady glumly.
Mom put down the hammer. "I know it's tough for you, but once we're settled in, I'm sure you'll enjoy living here."
"I don't know anyone here. I'm a stranger at school and church and...everywhere," Grady said as Mom picked up a plant. The leaves of the plant rested on the edge of its pot. It reminded Grady of the way his dog's ears flopped over the side of her water bowl when she drank. "That plant doesn't look happy either," he said. "It looks droopy."
"You're right--it does. It's an African violet, and it's in a state of shock because it was uprooted--I repotted it a few days ago. But..." Mom smiled. "It has me to take care of it. It will soon take root in the new dirt and get the nourishment it needs. With time, it will even start to thrive. I'm sure you will too."
"I don't think I'm doing well at all," Grady said.
"Being uprooted and making a new start is difficult," said Mom. "But like my plant, you have someone looking after you--someone who does a better job of it thanI ever could."
Grady frowned. "You mean God, don't you?"
Mom nodded. "Jesus brought you here, and He will take care of you. He'll give you the strength you need to adjust to the move and meet new people."
Grady shrugged. "I guess I'm still in the shocked stage." He stood up and stretched. "Think I'll take Bailey out for a run."
As Grady walked with his dog, Bailey's long velvety ears flapped with every step. She seemed as happy to be outside as Grady was. At a corner, a boy about Grady's age was waiting for the traffic lights to turn. "Hey," said Grady. "Is there a park around here?"
"Just a couple blocks away--I'll show you," answered the boy. A warm feeling grew inside Grady as he and the boy walked and talked. Jesus is taking care of me, he thought. He's giving me some of that strength Mom talked about. -Carolyn L. Kridiotis
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you been uprooted? It can be difficult adjusting to a new situation, but Jesus promises to take care of you. Remember that He is with you as you meet new people in your neighborhood, attend a new class, or join a new sports team. Trust Him to give you courage and strength as you adjust to your new surroundings and to help you thrive in the new place He has planted you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV)
He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time. (NKJV)
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Bella's Blessing (Friday)
Read: Colossians 3:23-24; 2 Timothy 2:15
"Time to go home, Bella. I'm afraid nobody's showing up," Mom said gently.
Bella looked at the stacks of secondhand clothing--donated by Bella's homeschool group and her church--covering each table in the church activity room. Bella and her family had sorted through each piece to be sure they were offering quality clothes to families in the community. She had dreamed of holding this clothing giveaway ever since her pastor had challenged their church to serve others.
"Jesus has blessed us to be a blessing," the pastor had said that Sunday. "How will you be a blessing?"
So, Bella organized the clothing outreach to serve needy people in their area.
"I wonder how much of this will be left at the end of the day?" Bella's sister Alexis asked that morning while she folded T-shirts during setup for the event.
"I wonder if anything will be left!" Bella replied.
But now, an hour after the giveaway had officially ended, Bella stared forlornly at the mounds of clothes on the tables.
"Well." Alexis sighed. "Everything's left." She grabbed a bag and began stuffing skirts into it.
"Mom," Bella sniffled, "nobody came. Not one person! I tried to help others. But it didn't do any good!"
Mom pulled Bella close. "You did try, honey. But you couldn't control the outcome. You can only control what you do to obey the Lord."
"But if it turned out so badly, was this still obedience?" Bella asked.
"Of course it was. The Lord tells us the work we do for Him doesn't go to waste. You did this to help others, sure, but didn't you also do this because you love Jesus?"
"Yes," said Bella. "I wanted to serve and honor Him."
Mom nodded. "You love Him because He did the work of dying for your sins on the cross to bring you into a relationship with God. Now, when you work for the Lord with all your heart, He's the one in control of how it turns out, not you. All you need to do is serve and obey Him." Mom looked around the activity room. "Why don't we bag up these clothes and ask the rescue mission if they could use them?"
"Yeah!" Bella exclaimed. "Maybe God has someone else in mind He wants us to help."
-Allison Wilson Lee
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever tried something you believed God had given you to do, but it seemed to fail? Were you judging yourself by the Lord’s standards, or by the world’s? When we serve Jesus and work with all our hearts at what He gives us to do, He will use our efforts for good—but it might not be in the way we expect. Keep serving, and trust Him to use your work in the way He knows is best. He will reward your faithfulness.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV)
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (NIV)