A devotional article to encourage you!
Have you ever seen an orchard of fruit trees? Living in the south, I can take a drive of about 30 minutes and come upon groves of peach trees. In their season, the boughs will be filled with luscious fruit, ready to be harvested for consumers to enjoy!
How many times have you feasted on peach cobbler, with melting vanilla ice cream running down its sides? Or made homemade peach ice cream, adding whipped topping for extra delight?
I remember many years ago as a child when on hot, summer evenings, we gathered family together for homemade ice cream. The old metal churn quickly became cold, but I loved sitting on top of it anyway, as Daddy turned the crank – over and over.
Mama and Daddy had filled the outer container with rock salt and ice, loading the inner metal canister with all the ice cream fixings – and loads of peach slices!
My “job” (or so I thought) was to ...
Ever been chased?
Sometimes, we play a game of chase with our children or grandchildren, even to the point of slowing down to let them catch us. In such a time, we desire for them to overtake us, finding great joy and satisfaction when they do.
The Bible speaks of something that will capture us in a very good way. In Deuteronomy 28:1-2, we read about what will overtake us when we live a life of obedience to God. Verses 1 and 2 read: “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God.” (NKJV)
We know in the context of this passage that Moses was speaking to the children of Israel prior to entering the Promised Land. He encouraged them to live a life of obedience to all that God commanded, in order to receive these blessings.
For us as Christians, this also correlates well with Christ’s teachings in the New Testament about obedience to God. I notice here in Deuteronomy some key points worthy of exposition and inquiry.
First of all, nowhere in verse 1 or 2 do I see the prerequisite of joy, desire, or pleasure in such obedience. It may be implied, but its omission can be quite encouraging.
As September arrives and summer break officially ends, children across this nation head back to the halls of schools everywhere. Some people now refer to these as “war zones,” due to the threats of recent times inside these buildings that hold our most cherished possessions – our kids!
Teachers and students can be under siege at times, as terrorism or dangers run amuck in some places. Constant threats can loom in our minds, or worse, in our children’s minds. We are definitely in need of serious prayer covering over our children and their teachers and school officials in many ways.
Some parents enjoy the privilege of home-schooling or placing their children in private or Christian schools, where the basic curricula and subject matter is better supervised. Others rely on public schools for their children’s educational needs. Whichever the case may be, all our children need prayer in many areas.
As this summer drew to a close, the Lord began to call me to create a prayer guide for parents, teachers, students, and others to assist in prayer coverings for our children and our students of all ages. Realizing the dangers at all levels of our educational system, I knew this was a dire need both now and in future days.
In response, Covenant Truth Ministries has produced this School & Students’ Prayer Guide resource for you to freely download and use simply as a guide or a supplement to your prayers on behalf of children – both your own and others.
How many of you like watching the sun rise onto a new day? For those who are night owls like me, we may not witness many sunrises, but when we do, they captivate us with their beauty.
The sunrise declares that the night, withall its darkness faded into obscurity and new opportunities burst onto the horizon for us again.
Each morning affords a brand, new start for us in some way. Yesterday’s worries are over. Yesterday’s sorrows are past. Yesterday’s accomplishments fade away. All that remains are faint memories. Today opens a new window of life, inciting fresh hope from the blackness of the past hours.
What if we awakened every day with a recognition of the new opportunities now before us? What if we focused on how we have come through the darkness of yesterday’s night? What if we declared over each new sunrise, “Today, it’s my turn?”
My turn for what, you might ask?
Family treasures hold deep sentiment and give us cherished memories. They bring back remembrances of those special days gone by or special occasions still cherished. They remind us of sharing an experience with someone that made an impact in our lives.
This same treasure is found among the pages of Scripture and carries the same weight. In the Old Testament, God instructed His people to “remember the Lord your God” on several occasions. And many patriarchs and ancient saints established hallmarks to assist them in remembering what God did for them.
By visiting these memorials found in its pages, we share in those experiences vicariously and receive lasting impact in our lives as well. Have you ever explored the memorials of Scripture? Let’s take a journey together down part of Scripture’s memory lane.