Today’s Prayer

A Prayer for God’s Protection over Our Children
By: John North

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“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” – Proverbs 22:6

God has taken a life that he loves, that he wants nurtured to love him and serve him, and entrusted it into your care—no greater privilege could he give you!

As you watch your children grow, (whether you are their natural or spiritual parent), you realize that their whole lives are being shaped by their experiences in their early years. As you train your children to love God above all else and to share Christ with others and to see every situation as a ministry opportunity, you are shooting them like arrows into the future.

Long after your own influence in this world has faded, your children and their children after them will be serving God and building his Kingdom in the lives and hearts of those around them. The time you spend giving your kids a godly heritage will bear far greater fruit in the long run than time spent in your own ministry to others.

If you are a parent, you do not have to choose between your own ministry and discipling your children, but the Lord is reminding you not to let the balance swing away from your children for too long. They are God’s gift to you. And your years of influence in their lives will not last forever!

Dear Lord, we ask that you place a hand of protection over our children. Teach them to be strong without being hard, and compassionate without being proud. We are their parents, but you are their Heavenly Father. Please be with our children as they grow in this strange world. Teach them to love others as you have loved them, and help us guide them in your ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

*Editor’s Note: This article is an abridged version of John North’s Time with God devotional. To read the full article, follow this link.

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DAILY DEVOTIONS · NOVEMBER 8, 2019

READ: “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:12 ESV)

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Does it seem like society is becoming less and less content by the minute?  Daily, we congregate on our Facebook pages like teens in high school.  We casually play the one-up-game, as we post our vacation pictures, latest accomplishments, and foodie pics.

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in it all.  We are duped into believing our lives would be better if we had more money, better vacations, and ate out every day of our lives.  Paul however, states in Philippians 4:12, that he has found the secret to being content in any and every situation.

Is this actually possible?  Are his words relevant for today?  I would venture to say they are. We too can know contentment.  Paul’s secret is found in the earlier part of Philippians 4.  In verse 4:4, he encourages us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always. . .” (ESV)  Paul rejoiced in God no matter what his circumstances were.  This is the heart of contentment.  Being content is not dependent on receiving what we want, rather it’s being grateful for what we have.

PRAY: Lord, thank You for the abundant blessings You have already given to me.  Help me to appreciate them every day of my life.  Where I am struggling with discontentment, may I choose gratitude for all You have done for me.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

REFLECT: What do you have to be grateful for today?

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Remnants

A wonderful poem. I love My poets’ friends, please check his site as well

Musings Of An Autistic Mind

What’s left for us to achieve

When everything is given

What glory is ours to attain

If the titles have already been rationed

Sometimes, I find these words a challenge

No issue with vocabulary or melody

Instead, the question we all ask

Hating the answer, understanding eternal truth

Who will ever listen to me

I throw down my pen, words incorrect

Jumbled, stumbling over waterfall tears

There’s no place for me, none for me here

I leave so many lines unfinished

Their silence does it

For me

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