NIGHT LIGHT FOR COUPLES

Love By Serving “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 Husband, we’re speaking especially to you tonight. Just as selfishness is a sure marriage killer, an attitude of service and sacrifice—the “I’m Third” philosophy—is an indisputable marriage builder. We urge you to study your wife. What is it that speaks to her heart? Are you providing that for her? Would she appreciate help with the dishes, vacuuming, or changing the baby’s diaper? Should you be more romantic? Could you put off that weekend auto show so she can visit her sister? Maybe you’d rather go fishing on Saturday, but should you watch the kids instead so your wife can have a needed day out? Jesus gave us a classic example of service when He washed His disciples’ feet and told them to do the same for one another. Is it time for some symbolic “foot washing” in your marriage? Women are romantic creatures. God made them that way. Have you tried to understand that tender nature and sought to meet the needs it expresses? Here’s the personal payoff: If you as a husband will address this romantic longing, your wife, being a responder, will be drawn closer to you. You’ll get the kind of attention and admiration you hope for. Try it! Just between us… (husband) When have I done a good job of “foot washing” in our marriage? (husband) Do you feel I understand your romantic nature? Why or why not? (husband) Have I met your needs during the past week? (husband) Dear Lord, I want to become an expert at meeting my wife’s needs. Teach me to “wash her feet” and serve my way to a great marriage. Amen. From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Family Talk Night Light for Parents

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WALKING IN HIS WILL

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.”Psalm 143:10

We should always be grateful for God’s clear instructions for successful living and for revealing how we can gain a glorious eternity with Him. Yet simply reading and understanding God’s will for us isn’t enough. We must also choose in obedience to follow it—and that’s the difficult part. So often, we are too headstrong to submit.

The mother of a strong-willed four-year-old once said to her daughter, “Now, Cathy, you’re just going to have to obey me. I’m your boss, and I have the responsibility to lead you. That’s just what I intend to do.” Little Cathy thought for a minute, and then replied, “How long does it have to be that way?” Even at age four, this child was already yearning to forge her own path. Most of us were just as determined when we were kids.

It’s vital that your sons and daughters learn to obey you as preparation for later obedience to God. It’s not always easy to instill a spirit of obedience in your kids, but it’s worth the effort. Walking in the will of God always is.

BEFORE YOU SAY GOOD NIGHT…

  • Are your kids learning a healthy appreciation for the importance of obedience?
  • Do they understand that they must yield to many forms of benevolent authority?
  • Are they learning the meaning of sin and its consequences?
  • Are you setting a proper example by walking in the will of God yourself?

Dear Lord, please give us the patience and the will to be consistent in our rules, to insist on complete obedience, and—when we must—to follow through with discipline. Be our strength and help, we pray. Amen.

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

MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (1) When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.  Mark 4:34 Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used by God after we allow Him to show us the deep, hidden areas of our own character. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We don’t even recognize the envy, laziness, or pride within us when we see it. But Jesus will reveal to us everything we have held within ourselves before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look inwardly with courage? We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves. That is always the last bit of pride to go. The only One who understands us is God. The greatest curse in our spiritual life is pride. If we have ever had a glimpse of what we are like in the sight of God, we will never say, “Oh, I’m so unworthy.” We will understand that this goes without saying. But as long as there is any doubt that we are unworthy, God will continue to close us in until He gets us alone. Whenever there is any element of pride or conceit remaining, Jesus can’t teach us anything. He will allow us to experience heartbreak or the disappointment we feel when our intellectual pride is wounded. He will reveal numerous misplaced affections or desires— things over which we never thought He would have to get us alone. Many things are shown to us, often without effect. But when God gets us alone over them, they will be clear. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition Bible in One Year: Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17