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Daily Devotions with Heartlight

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20

Romans 15:5-6

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thoughts on today's verse

Unity comes from God's Spirit as we follow Jesus. But unity has a purpose much deeper than our getting along with each other. Jesus prayed that we would be one so the world would know that God sent him (John 17). We want to be united so our praise can bring glory to God. Unity is far more than a goal, it is a process through which the world learns of Jesus and we glorify the Father who sent him and saved us. Can you think of anything more fundamental to our faith than that!

Prayer:

Great and Almighty God, Eternal Strength for all who call on your name, I apologize and ask your forgiveness for everything I've done and every word I've spoken that has hurt someone in your family and brought a wound to the unity of your Church. Please bless my efforts as I seek less of my will and more for your glory and the encouragement of others. Through Jesus I ask it. Amen.

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Encouragement for Today Devotions

Sunday, May 20, 2012

May 20

Speaking Their Language
Melissa Taylor

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV 1984)

"I'm not joining Facebook and I'm not texting you. Don't text message me either. If you want to tell me something, you'll have to speak to me! You kids don't know how to have conversations anymore."

"But Grandpa, you are missing out on so much in my life."

The grandpa's scowl said it all: "I don't care."

This conversation, which I overheard, haunted me for days. I bet Grandpa did care. He just didn't know how to relate to his granddaughter, and new technology probably scared him. I admit it scared me at first too. I'm not fond of change.

When my children were younger, breakfast time consisted of a meal, devotion, and Bible-reading together. I didn't work outside the home like I do now, so I had more time in the morning.

Now I have to make sure the kids are ready, and I am too! There are six people running around, fighting for two bathrooms, grabbing a quick bite to eat, and racing out the door. I miss the intentional time spent teaching my children what I consider most important: God's Word.

Watching my now-teenaged son text message at lightning speed on his cell phone one evening, I wondered: Would it make a difference if I texted my kids a Bible verse each day? I dismissed the thought, thinking it silly to send a text when they should be reading God's Word for themselves.

Then I thought of Grandpa, his refusal to his granddaughter, and her reply. I didn't want to miss out like he was.

Texting my kids a verse each day may not radically change their lives, but then again it might. I wondered, would Jesus text if He were here today?

While on earth, Jesus used language that His audience understood, depending on where He was and the culture of that area. His purpose and message did not change, but His delivery and presentation sometimes did. Jesus reached people where they were. He walked, rode, sailed, and taught at homes, hillsides, banquets, and dinner tables.

It's been a year now since I've started texting Bible verses to my children. Usually I get a response like "thanks" or no response at all, but sometimes I'll receive a verse back. I send them the same verse so, if the opportunity arises, we can talk about it together.

Texting connects with my children because I'm speaking their language. The message hasn't changed, but for the purpose of effectiveness the delivery has, for me and my kids. And much to my delight, sometimes they forward the verse to a friend or two.

Texting may not be my favorite way to communicate, but if it ministers to my children, I don't want to miss it. It's just one more way I can continue to "train up" my children.

This week, let's be on the lookout for new ways we can share God's Word by speaking our kids language.

Dear Lord, change is hard for me, but if there is a way You'd like for me to change for the sake of another, then I will try. With Your help all things are possible. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do You Know Him?

Building a Bridge to Your Child's Heart (CD) by Lynn Cowell

Visit Melissa's blog and find out how you can receive Melissa's "Top 10 Ways to Connect with Your Children."

Reflect and Respond:
Think of one way you can better connect with someone in your life.

Are you stubborn like Grandpa or willing like Jesus?

Power Verses:
Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV)

Proverbs 31:28-29, "Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.'" (NIV)

  
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    Very good blog. Enjoyed it very much! I will try technology, but, I do get frustrated! It's not going to get the best of me, though!

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Wisdom from the Psalms

Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 19

Psalm 65:6
Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power.

Todd's teacher talked about the mountains he had visited just the summer before. The teacher said that thousands of years ago, the mountains weren't nearly so high. With each passing year, they jutted higher and higher. Amazing power pushed them skyward. Todd had walked along the ridge of one mountain, taking for granted that it had always been there. The world was a really fascinating place.

It is wonderful to think of our God as the creator of all that is. There is so much that truly is fascinating, and we cannot begin to understand it all. God set the mountains in their places, and He changes them ever so slightly all the time. A God powerful enough to do all that is a God worthy of our praise and devotion. Put your faith in God, and you will be moved no more easily than a mountain can be.

Prayer: Lord, You have done so many wonderful things. Your power is beyond imagining. Send t hat power to me, that I might stand fast in my faith and be unmoved in a world full of temptation. Amen.

  
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KICKINGIT@56 5/19/2012 8:20PM

    Another fascinating place to view God's glory are in the pictures taken by the Hubble telescope. Can anyone doubt the mightiness of God after seeing those?

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STUDLEEJOE 5/19/2012 5:25AM

    great post

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Psalm 125

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Psalm 125 New Living Translation

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

1 Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion;
they will not be defeated but will endure forever.

2 Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forever.

3 The wicked will not rule the land of the godly,
for then the godly might be tempted to do wrong.

4 O Lord, do good to those who are good,
whose hearts are in tune with you.

5 But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O Lord.
Take them away with those who do evil.

May Israel have peace!

  
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KICKINGIT@56 5/19/2012 8:15PM

    I like the NLT too. This Psalm promises that God will administer justice one day, and as for me , I can hardly wait for that day of vindication.

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Psalm 124

Friday, May 18, 2012

Psalm 124 New Living Translation (NLT)

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.

1 What if the Lord had not been on our side?
Let all Israel repeat:

2 What if the Lord had not been on our side
when people attacked us?

3 They would have swallowed us alive
in their burning anger.

4 The waters would have engulfed us;
a torrent would have overwhelmed us.

5 Yes, the raging waters of their fury
would have overwhelmed our very lives.

6 Praise the Lord,
who did not let their teeth tear us apart!

7 We escaped like a bird from a hunterís trap.
The trap is broken, and we are free!

8 Our help is from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

  
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BECKYR16 5/18/2012 11:23PM

    Amen!

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    Wonderfully powerful!!!!

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