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Friday, April 26, 2013

Our Morning Devotion

This a.m. Papa led us in the morning devotion.  The verses lept from the page and filled my heart, and the hearts of my girls.

Proverbs 3: 1-12

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but let your heart keep my commandments,
for length of days and years of life
    and peace they will add to you.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck;
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success[a]
    in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh[b]
    and refreshment[c] to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth
    and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
    and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

Papa told the girls, "Do you know that mama and I delight in you?" 
"Did you know that God delights in us?" 

To trust the Lord means we don't have to have everything figured out. We don't have to understand all the deep things that have happened in our lives.  He knows!  There is comfort in the fact that God knows, understands and has our very, best interest in mind to bring us to healing and refreshment.

Working hard with our children to bring them to a place of trust, instead of only trusting themselves  is a hard process, and our reproof or correction, is always intended for their good.  It does not come from a place of  anger or reaction because they have annoyed us.  Instead it is meant to lead them to the true source of life......the Living Word, the Living Bread, the gentle shepherd....Jesus Christ. 

In Christ, there is the refreshing water of redemption.  We can bask in the love, peace, hope and joy of our Savior.  And the things of this world are put into proper perspective.
The momentary sufferings in this life are like a fleeting breath in light of eternity.

Pressing forward!


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