Family Talk Night Light for Parents

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HE IS STILL THERE

I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

We’ve talked this week about some of the most difficult aspects of parenting, but there is a special anguish that comes with the death of a beloved child. I (jcd) will never forget the boys and girls I came to know during my years on the Attending Staff at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Most of these kids suffered from terminal illnesses. Some were under ten years of age, yet their faith in Jesus Christ was unshakable. Their parents had successfully passed on the wonderful message of salvation. What a reception these boys and girls must have received when they met Him who said, “Let the little children come to me” (Mark 10:14).

To the mom or dad who has recently lost a child, let me offer this word of encouragement: your Father has not lost track of your circumstances, even though they seem to be swirling out of control. He is there. Hold on to your faith in the midst of these unanswered questions. Lay claim to the words of the psalmist: “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (Psalm 119:28). Someday God’s purposes will be known, and you will have an eternity to talk it over. In the meantime, I pray with all my being that the Lord will help you through the heartbreaking loss of—or should I say temporary separation from—your precious son or daughter.

BEFORE YOU SAY GOOD NIGHT…

Do you struggle with trusting God during times of heartache?

How can you help each other renew a “childlike faith”?

Father, sometimes it is so hard to understand Your ways. We cry out to You at such times! Give us comfort, give us peace, give us understanding as we live to remain faithful to You even in the midst of our sorrows. Amen.

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

Daily Journey – November 10

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November 10

Jeremiah 40:13-16Hebrews 9:23-28

Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage:

Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the Lord your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you [Jer. 42:4].

They came to Jeremiah, and they knew that they could depend upon Jeremiah to speak the truth.

Any person who is attempting to speak for God, no matter whether his medium be the pulpit, radio, or even a soapbox, should lay aside all attempts at being clever and subtle. He should give forth the Word of God with no attempt at being sophisticated and saying smooth words to please the people. When the pulpit majors in positive thinking and ignores the negatives, it becomes weak and is only a sounding board just to say back to the people what they want to hear. Paul wrote to Timothy, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4). Unfortunately, I think that is much of what the modern pulpit is today. That is the reason it has become extremely weak and has no message for this hour in which we live. When the pulpit can give out God’s Word as Jeremiah did, with nothing being held back, letting it say what God means for it to say, then the Word of God will become effective again in our day.

J. Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible Commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, ©1981 by J. Vernon McGee.

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Fallen Leaves . . .

By: Ronald A. Bouchard John 3:8 “The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” As the fallen leaves scatter,racing among the tendrils of wind,Swirling, diving, flying,collecting in groups of […]

Fallen Leaves . . .

Vertical Connection – November 10

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A crashed carI do not mean that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection; but I go on in order to make my own that perfection for which Christ Jesus first made me his. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not succeeded, but I am concentrating only on this: I forget the past and fix my gaze on what lies ahead, and thus I advance until I reach the end of the race to receive the heavenly prize to which God call through Jesus Christ. –  Philippians 3: 12-14  NLT. On one occasion Cristian went to visit Luis, his friend who was dedicated to buying crashed cars and other junk. Luis took him to his shed to show him everything he had acquired. There was what had been a late model car but now it was just a pile of twisted iron. A very distant image of that car that made us stop to admire it. Cristian wanted to rejoice with his friend but inside, he thought: I would not pay a penny for this dispossession. On the contrary, Luis was seen as exultant with happiness, enthusiastic and grateful to God for the purchase he had made. After some time, the friends meet again, Cristian surprised, he saw that his friend was driving a beautiful vehicle: Did you buy a car? He asked him – No, he answered. Do you remember that day, when I showed you that pile of scrap metal? Well, I started working with the hammer to stretch it, put it back together, paint it and here is the finished work. Then Cristian finally understood the reason why his friend was so happy with the purchase he had made. He was not looking at the remains of that precious car, but was seeing in advance the final result, of how it would look when he completed his work. Many times we have been in Cristian’s situation, we only see junk, a life hit by problems, discouragement, losses, abuse, debts. Could such a life be a good acquisition for God? the answer is YES: “Instead, God chose what the world considers ridiculous to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that have no power to shame the powerful. God chose what is despised by the world – what is considered as nothing – and used it to make nothing that the world considers important. ” 1 Corinthians 1: 27-28 NLT.God is an expert in rebuilding lives, and we are a perfect work in his hands through Jesus: “… Christ made us righteous before God; He made us pure and holy and freed us from sin. ” 1 Corinthians 1: 30b Rest assured that God continues to work daily in your life, even with the imperfections and struggles you have. You can be sure that he will never leave you. I encourage you that on this day, you change the perspective you have of yourself, maybe you feel like that car crashed by Luis, since the circumstances of life have hit you hard. Perhaps you ran into abuse, divorce, rejections, financial problems, complexes, failures. However, you can be sure that God is not finished with you, He is still working in your life to make you a new creature. It begins to see you as that finished work in the hands of its creator. Soraida Fuentes

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