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Light in the Darkness (Monday)
Read: Proverbs 3:1, 21-23
As she sat on the porch swing with her grandmother, Reese watched the first stars appear in the sky. "I love spending the weekend here," Reese said.
"I enjoy having you visit," Grandma replied with a smile. "In a little while we'll go in for hot cocoa and a Bible story."
Reese frowned. "I like Bible stories, but Mom makes me learn a lot of Bible verses, and I don't like that so much. What's the point of learning so many?"
"Well, learning verses helps you remember that you belong to Jesus and can trust Him in every situation," said Grandma.
"But I could just read some verses every day and not go to all the trouble of memorizing them," Reese insisted. And no matter how many reasons Grandma gave to show that learning verses was worthwhile, Reese was not convinced.
Soon after drifting off to sleep that night, Reese was awakened by Muffles, Grandma's cat, crying at the front door. I guess Muffles wasn't around when Grandma went to bed, Reese thought. I'll go let him in. She crept quietly out of bed and into the dark hall. "Ouch!" she exclaimed a moment later when she stubbed her toe on a chair. She was still holding her toe when Grandma opened her door and turned on the light. "Oh, Grandma," said Reese, "Muffles is crying to come in. I didn't want to wake you, but I stubbed my toe!" Grandma made sure Reese's toe was okay, then she let in the cat and they all settled down for the night.
After breakfast the next morning, Grandma picked up her Bible. "I think we should learn a verse today," she announced with a twinkle in her eye. "It's Psalm 119:105. Maybe you already know it. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.'"
Reese laughed. "I do know that verse, and I know why you picked it. I get the message." She rubbed her sore toe. "I found out how painful it can be to stumble in the dark."
"That's right," said Grandma, "and it's even more painful to stumble through life. You need God's Word to help, encourage, comfort, and guide you."
Reese nodded. "Let's pick another verse to memorize!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you learn Bible verses? Reading them is great, but when you memorize them, you’ll always have them with you. They will help you when temptation comes your way. They will comfort you in troubled times. They will remind you that Jesus loves you and is always with you. They are like a light in a dark place. Learn them by heart and let God’s Word light your way.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) (KJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
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Talk It Over (Tuesday)
Read: Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32
"Please clear the table for me tonight, kids. I've got to get ready for a presentation tomorrow." Mom's voice got muffled as she went down the hall to her office. "Thanks!"
"Mom never has time for us anymore," complained Eliana as she and her brother Jacob cleared the dishes away. "She's always working!"
"Well, since she got promoted, she's in charge of more things now," said Jacob.
"I know, but it seems like she could still spend a little more time with us. It makes me mad that she doesn't even know I'm upset about it!"
"Why don't you talk it over with her?" suggested Jacob. "Tell her how you feel and see if she can work it out to do more stuff with you."
Eliana shook her head as she put leftover fish on a plate and gave it to Oliver, their cat. "If Mom really loves me, she should know without me telling her."
Jacob sighed. "Remember the sermon at church last week? We're not supposed to hold on to anger. We need to love others and forgive them like Jesus does, and that often requires talking things out when we feel hurt so we don't become bitter." Eliana just shrugged.
A little later, Eliana heard gagging sounds and saw Oliver frantically pawing at his face. "Mom!" Eliana called. "Something's wrong with Oliver!"
Mom came running. "He's choking!"
Unable to help the little cat, they took him to the vet, who discovered that Oliver had a fish bone stuck in his throat. The vet was able to pull it out and said the cat would be fine.
"It's my fault," said Eliana tearfully as they started home. "I gave him the fish--I didn't know it would hurt him. I wish he could have told me as soon as it started to hurt."
"I'm sure Oliver knows you love him and feel bad that he got hurt," said Mom.
That evening, Jacob stopped in Eliana's room. "You know what, Eliana? Oliver couldn't tell you what was wrong, so you didn't know how he felt even though you love him. Why is Mom any different? How would she know how you feel if you don't tell her?"
"Maybe you're right." Eliana got up. "I'm going to go talk with Mom right now and tell her how I feel." -Cameron Wroblewski
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you upset with someone? It’s natural to feel that way at times. Sometimes you may even have good reason to get angry. But don’t let your anger turn into a grudge. The Bible says not to let the sun go down—that is, let the day end—while you’re angry. If someone has done something to hurt you, talk it over and settle the problem right away so you don’t become bitter.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 18:15 (NLT) (KJV)
If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense
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New Mission Field (Wednesday)
Read: Romans 10:12-15
Miguel slumped down in his chair and sighed. His mother had given him the news he dreaded most: they were going to move again. "This always happens just when I'm getting to like my school and know the other kids! Doesn't the army know we've moved enough already?"
"I know how you feel," said Mom. "I used to feel like you do about moving so often."
"But you don't anymore?" asked Miguel. "You like moving now?"
Mom shook her head. "No, I can't say I really like to move so often, but Dad and I have decided that each move means a new mission field for us."
Miguel's eyebrows furrowed. "A mission field?"
"A mission field is a place where missionaries go to tell people about Jesus," Mom explained. "And since all Christians are called to share the love of Jesus with others, we're all missionaries, and our mission field is wherever God leads us to do that."
Miguel sighed. "To me, moving just means giving up my friends and trying to make new ones and going to a new school and church and not knowing anybody--again!"
Mom nodded. "I know. That's the part of moving I don't like either. But do you remember when we moved here and Mrs. Evans visited us the day we moved in?" Miguel remembered--mostly because she had brought a great big plate of chocolate chip cookies.
"When I got to know her better, I was able to invite her to church and later lead her to the Lord," said Mom.
Miguel remembered that too. The whole Evans family attended church now.
"I know moving is hard," Mom said, "but I find it helpful to remember that Jesus will be with us and to think about how He can use this move to help us point more people to Him. I wonder who He'll send our way this time."
Miguel sat back in his chair and thought about all the moves they had made through the years. Maybe God is sending me to different places because there's someone in each place who needs a friend, he thought. He looked at his mom. "Maybe moving isn't so bad after all." -Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you think God may want you to serve Him as a missionary someday? How about right now? The place where you live is also a mission field. The people there need Jesus too. Perhaps He wants you to be the one to tell them about Him. Let Jesus use you wherever you are—at school, at church, at the neighborhood playground, or at home. Be a witness for Him by telling others about Him and showing them His love.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Acts 1:8 (NLT) (KJV)
And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…to the ends of the earth
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Cheering Up Mom (Thursday)
Read: Deuteronomy 31:6-8
"Be good," Mom whispered, hugging her twin daughters, Emerald and Sapphire. "Help Grandma. See you soon once I've had my treatment."
Waving goodbye, the girls followed Grandma to her silver car. Emerald's lip began to tremble as they set off. She rummaged in her pocket for a tissue.
"Oh, Grandma," she sobbed. "Poor Mom. How can we help her? I'm so afraid, and I don't know what to do."
Before Grandma could answer, Sapphire piped up. "We need to pray and remember that God is always with us and will give us strength."
Grandma smiled at them and nodded as Sapphire began to pray.
"Loving Father, thank You for always listening to us and for sending your Son, Jesus, to give us hope and salvation. Please help Mom; we know you love her as much as we do. Please heal her and help us find a way to cheer her up."
"Amen," everyone said.
Emerald dried her eyes, even though her heart ached. There was silence in the car until they reached Grandma's house, where they would be staying for a few days until Mom got out of the hospital. For the next few days, Grandma kept them busy. They strolled along the beach eating ice cream and sent messages to their mother.
The day before returning home, the girls spotted a costume shop near the beach. Immediately they looked at each other and knew they both had the same idea. They eagerly told their grandmother.
Grandma smiled at them, her eyes glistening. "That's a wonderful idea."
The next day, the girls returned home. Mom looked weak, and she had on her new wig that she'd received after her treatment. When Emerald and Sapphire walked in, Mom gazed at them in astonishment, not believing her eyes. Both girls wore wigs too--a green one for Emerald and a blue one for Sapphire.
"No one will notice your wig when they see ours," Emerald said, beaming.
Mom chuckled until tears ran down her face. "Thank you," she whispered. "The next few months will be challenging, but God is with us, and He's blessed me with two lovely daughters who remind me how much He loves me."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you know someone who has an illness or is going through a difficult time? Maybe that person is you. No matter how tough life gets, God promises He will never leave us or abandon us. He will never stop loving us. Pray to Him. Tell Him your worries. Pray for those who are going through difficulties, and ask Jesus to show you ways you can help them. Trust Him in every situation.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT) (KJV)
Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord…will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.
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The Joy Box (Friday)
Read: Psalm 16:11; 30:11; 1 Peter 1:8-9
After a long day at Grandpa's funeral, Emily spent the night with Grandma to keep her company. The next morning, she found Grandma on the couch with a big fancy box.
"That's a pretty box." Emily sat down next to her.
Grandma smiled. "This is my joy box. It's filled with pictures, cards, letters, and many other wonderful memories that bring me joy." Grandma handed Emily a picture.
"And my baby picture's in it?"
"Absolutely--and much more! When Grandpa and I got married, we started saving these mementos. Sometimes we'd look through the box and remember special times. Now that Grandpa's gone to be with Jesus..."
"Your joy box helps you remember, right?"
"It does. Yet it's more than that. It reminds me of the many blessings Grandpa and I shared and the joy of those blessings." Grandma paused to wipe a tear from her eye. "But most important, it helps me focus on the giver of all that joy--Jesus!"
"Grandma, I want a joy box too. Can I have a picture of you and Grandpa to put in it?"
"Sure. I have a box that will be perfect, and my craft cupboard has plenty of decorating supplies."
Grandma pulled a box out of the closet while Emily chose things she wanted for decorations. "Grandma, is joy the same as happiness?"
"That's an excellent question. Think of it this way. Happiness depends on what's happening in your life. For example, how would you feel if you got exactly what you wanted for your birthday?"
"I'd be very happy!"
Grandma nodded. "But joy doesn't depend on circumstances or what's happening. Joy depends on Jesus."
"So even if I'm sad, I can still have joy?" Emily asked.
"That's right. We're sad Grandpa's not here with us. But even in the hardest times, we can still have Jesus's peace and joy in our hearts knowing He's saved us and has given us eternal life. The Bible tells us in Nehemiah 8:10 that the joy of the Lord is your strength.'"
"Grandma, I'm going to write that verse on my joy box right now so I never forget!"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
How do you react when you face hard times in your life? Even though you may feel grief or sadness because of something that happened, you can still feel joyful. Joy comes from Jesus, and if you know Him as your Savior, He offers you His joy, peace, and comfort during difficult times. Find joy in Jesus as you trust Him and remember His promise to always take care of you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Habakkuk 3:18 (NLV) (KJV)
Yet I will have joy in the Lord. I will be glad in the God Who saves me.