A Lifestyle of Worship

NIGHT LIKE FOR PARENTS

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. 1 Chronicles 16:29

Nothing puts parenting, or life itself, in perspective quite like time spent praising our glorious God. The act of worship brings pleasure to our Maker (Proverbs 15:8) while increasing our determination to do what is right. Praising Him is not simply an obligation to cross off our “to do” list every Sunday morning, but a continuing lifestyle: “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever” (Psalm 89:1).

Judy’s family practiced that daily adoration when she was a girl. Even on vacation in a California wilderness, she remembers her family gathering in their small cabin after breakfast for the purpose of honoring God. Her older sister, Ruth, would open this time with a prayer. Then her brother, Jim, would lead the family in songs of praise on his guitar. Finally, Judy’s mother would read from the Bible and her father would talk about the meaning of the Scripture. “On many of those mornings, all I wanted to do was go out and play,” Judy says. “But it always set just the right tone for the rest of our day together. And today those worship times are among my sweetest memories.”

We have a Savior who is preparing a place for each of us in His kingdom (John 14:2). That’s always a reason for rejoicing and worship! Let’s gather our children around us every day to pray, study, and glorify God. As King David wrote, “I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart” (Psalm 86:12).

Before you say good night…

Does the act of worship change your perspective on parenting?

How might an increase in times of praise benefit your family?

Father, You are a mighty and glorious God! Even as we sing praises to You, we tremble before Your name. Help us to set aside time as a family to honor You, that we may renew our perspective as Your beloved children. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Taking the Plunge

NLFCOUPLES

“A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:10–11

Divorce often looks like a “quick fix” for an unpleasant situation, but it is usually far more painful than advertised. Contemplating those on the verge of taking this drastic step brings to mind a documentary film made during the early days of motion pictures. It shows a self‐styled inventor near the top of the Eiffel Tower with a pair of homemade wings strapped to his arms. He paces back and forth, trying to work up the courage to jump. If the wings work, he’ll be famous. If they fail, he’ll fall to his death. Finally the “flier” climbs on the rail, wobbles for a moment, then jumps—and drops like a rock.

Depressed and hurting spouses who choose divorce are like that hapless man on the Eiffel Tower. They feel that they can’t go back, and they’re enticed forward by the lure of freedom—of soaring away, leaving the pain and disappointment behind. So they jump… only to find themselves tumbling headlong into custody battles, loneliness, bitterness, and even poverty. In time, the long‐term cost of their decision becomes clear. Some again see their mate’s good qualities, but by then it’s too late. They’ve already taken the plunge.

Just between us…

  • When have you jumped into a situation that you later regretted?
  • Has Scripture ever helped you avoid such a mistake? When?
  • What is the attraction, and danger, of “quick fix” solutions in marriage?
  • Why do you think God commands us to avoid divorce?

Lord of married lovers, You have called us to commitment. When forsaking our covenant seems easier than staying, grant us courage. Help us to recognize the deceitfulness of the divorce “solution.” Protect our marriage from every harm, including our own short-sightedness. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Overcoming Shame – Integrity Moments – November 27

Overcoming Shame

I’ve made my share of business mistakes over the years. Sometimes the scars of those mistakes leave shame and doubt. 

Questions surface in my head like, “Was I listening properly to God?” or, “Do I have a clue what I’m doing?” 

Peter carried shame after he denied Jesus on three different occasions. Jesus brilliantly knew Peter needed to be forgiven three times.

John 21:17 says, “The third time, Jesus said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

If you’re carrying shame that undermines your effectiveness, remember that Jesus forgives you and wants to heal your shame.

Pearls of Grace – November 27

November 27

Power Addictions

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;”

Philippians 2:3

Abraham Lincoln said, “If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Napoleon Bonaparte became the ruler of France the same year that George Washington died. What a contrast we see in the lives of these two men. George Washington ran from power, seeking to live the simple life of servant-hood while Napoleon, who called power his mistress, couldn’t obtain enough power. At the end of his reign, having lost all power and living in exile, he grieved as he spoke these words; “they wanted me to be another George Washington“. You see George Washington was unique, in that, he ran from power while others tried to thrust it upon him. He did not want greatness, but rather, he sought to do good deeds great. When prodded to run for presidency for a third term, he refused and retired quietly to his farm. This is what made him great; humility and a servant’s heart.

History is ridden with stories of people who abused the power given to them. Power can corrupt but it’s often the corrupt that are drawn to power. And could it be that power doesn’t really ruin a person but rather just exposes what they already were? God’s greatest men and women were those who sought to serve, never to lead. Stephen, the first martyr of the church, a man full of the power and spirit of God, was chosen to wait on tables! Yet, he was one of the most powerful men upon the earth during the early church. It’s a servant’s heart that God seeks to do powerful deeds through.

What would God find in your heart today, beloved? Service or power? Are you seeking to build your own kingdom, as Napoleon did, or are you surrendering yourself in humble gratitude as the Lord’s servant as Washington? If you enjoy power, or position then, that’s a red flag for our hearts that we are in need of repentance. A true servant will never see themselves as owning anything and power will be the one thing they will never desire.

I Am Your Servant, in All Things

 

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