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2 Things to Do When You’re Exhausted from Grief–Luke 22:45-46

When we hear the word grief the first thing that usually comes to mind is death, but over the years I have found grief is present when people, relationships, hopes, or dreams are lost.

Grief is sorrow over loss

What are some things you are grieving over today?

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 18:1-2, Mark 14:32-42, Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46, Mark 14:43-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:3-24

In Luke 22, Jesus and the disciples left the upstairs room and went to the Mount of Olives.  He has just told the disciples about the sorrow that was coming, as they arrived at the olive grove Jesus told them to “Pray that you will not give in to temptation” (22:40).  Then He walked a short distance from them to be alone to pray.  When he returned he found them sleeping:

At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief.  “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray,            so that you will not give in to temptation.” Luke 22:45-46

The disciples were definitely experiencing loss.  Things certainly weren’t working out the way they had planned.  Their rabbi, teacher, and lord had just told them He was going away.  They didn’t understand it all, but they knew things weren’t ever going to be the same…they were exhausted from grief.

There have been many times when I have been exhausted from grief:

  • As a teenager I wanted my family to be free from conflict
  • As a young wife I wanted my husband to understand me
  • As an expectant Mom I wanted my first child to live
  • As a Mom of teenagers I wanted them to serve God and not rebel
  • As a wife of a 20+ year marriage I didn’t want a divorce
  • As a daughter I didn’t want my Dad to die prematurely
  • As a woman I didn’t want my friend to die of A.I.D.S
  • As a Mom I didn’t want my children to experience divorce
  • As a Mom I never wanted my children to experience the pain I’ve experienced

In EVERY ONE of these situations I experienced the exhaustion of grief.

So what do we do?

Just lie down and give up…

No way!  We do what Jesus told the disciples to do…

  1. Get up
  2. Pray, so that you will not give in to temptation

So instead of giving up we must get up!

Jesus knows that the time we are most vulnerable to the enemy’s temptation is when we’re exhausted from grief.

In our humanness we want to do the opposite.  We want to stay down, pull away from the Lord, and turn to the world for comfort…don’t do it!

Run into the arms of your Heavenly Father!

During my times of grieving I would imagine my Heavenly Father sitting in a very, very big rocking chair on a very large front porch.  In my imagination I would use my last bit of strength to crawl to His feet.  He would reach down, sit me on His lap and rock me and stroke my hair.  I found comfort and rest in His arms.

If you are exhausted from grieving today, go to the God who made you.  Rest in Him today.

Heavenly Father, I pray for those who are exhausted from grieving today.  Comfort them.  Give them the strength to get up from their despair and pray so they will not give in to temptation. Reassure them of Your love.  Restore their hope.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65, Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:66-72, Matthew 26:69-75, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:25-27, Mark 15:1, Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-10

5 in 25

5 Devotions in 25 Minutes, a great way to include Your Heavenly Father in your week-end.  Just click on the links below and enjoy this week’s devotions:

Your Mistake is ____________

The Christian Life Simplified

Guaranteed to Last Forever

One Event You Can’t Plan

A Lesson from a 5 Year Old

Hello Friends,  it’s been a great week!  Our new baby is so, so sweet!  I will be leaving on Monday to travel home.  I definitely have mixed emotions.  I can’t wait to see my husband, children, and grandchildren but I will miss my daughter, son-in-law, and three grandsons! Thankfully they will be coming to Florida for Thanksgiving!

For those of you who have been on the Journey all year, can you believe we’re moving into our eleventh month?  This has definitely been a life-changing year for me.  I’m looking forward to taking some time in January to reflect on this experience, but for now we’ve got the rest of the New Testament to finish and Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate.

Have a great week-end!  Make sure you attend church on Sunday, I have heard that it’s going to be A-mazing!

Here are this week-end’s scriptures:

Saturday:  John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 25:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14:1-15:17

Sunday:  John 15:18-17:26

Blessings in Jesus!

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller

A Lesson From a 5 Year Old—John 13:3-5

Wow!  What a morning!   I am still at my daughter and son-in-law’s helping with the kids while my daughter recuperates from her C-Section, so getting up early is the best time to get my devotion written.   But this morning my phone alarm didn’t go off.  At first I was very frustrated, but then I thought “this must be Romans 8:28 morning!  It certainly was; the Holy Spirit was giving me a real life example for today’s devotion.

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-2, Matthew 26:1-5, Luke 22:1-2, Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26: 14-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Mark 14:17-26, Matthew 26:20-30, Luke 22:14-30, John 13:18-30

One of the things I’ve been doing since I’ve been here is to get my grandson up, dressed, and off to school.  It sure brings back memories of the days when my kids were little.  Today is dress-up day for Gavin’s kindergarten class.  He had it all planned, he was going to be Indiana Jones.  Last night before bed he laid out his costume and this morning that was the first thing he mentioned as he crawled down the steps from his top bunk bed.

After breakfast he put his costume on and realized it was too small.  He said, “I’ll just wear my regular clothes. My teacher said that’s okay.”  After a couple of minutes he remembered he had another costume, a Star Wars “something,” so he decided to wear that one.

All of a sudden he stops and looks down at the floor; I ask him what’s wrong.

He said, “Nanu, sometimes I get embarrassed.  If I wear this costume all the kids are going to look at me.”

I gave him a hug and said he didn’t have to wear it if he didn’t want to, but it would really be fun to be dressed up like everyone else.

So we picked out regular clothes and he got dressed.

I sent him back to his room for his socks and in a few minutes he came down the stairs with his costume on.  I said, “Gavin, I’m so proud of you for deciding to have fun and wear your costume!”

So I sent him off to find his shoes and in a couple of minutes he came back, with his regular clothes on.  He said, “I’ll be too embarrassed.”

By this time we’re getting close to being late for school, so I suggested he wear his regular clothes and take his costume in his book bag; he thought that was a good idea.

I can relate to Gavin’s feelings.  I don’t like to draw attention to myself; I like to blend in with everyone else.

I wonder how many times I’ve missed an opportunity to step out and doing something great for God because I didn’t want to be embarrassed?

But is that what Jesus wants us to do?

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. John 13:3-5 (NLT)

Can you imagine having a dinner party with twelve of your closest friends and wrapping a towel around your waist, pouring water in a basin, and kneeling down in front of each of your friends and washing their feet?

It was just as unusual in Jesus’ day as it would be today because only servants washed people’s feet.

Why wasn’t Jesus embarrassed to do something so unheard of in His culture?

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. John 13:3 (NLT)

This same confidence is available to every Christ follower.  Here’s the problem:  The world tells us we need self-esteem to be our best, but through Jesus’ example we see that we need God- esteem.

If we know

  • Who God is
  • That we were made by God for a purpose
  • That God has given us authority to fulfill His purpose and plans for our lives
  • We will return to God when our purpose is completed

Then…

We can do everything through Christ, who gives us strength. Philippians 4:13

I hope Gavin is able to overcome his fear of drawing attention to himself today.  God has great plans for his life and stepping out from the crowd it part of every believer’s calling.

Heavenly Father, I pray that you help us to work to grow in God-esteem more than self-esteem.  Help us to remember that at the end of our life Your opinion is really all that matters.  Use us for your Kingdom and Your Glory today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller

This Week-End’s Scripture Reading:

Saturday:  John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 25:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14:1-15:17

Sunday:  John 15:18-17:26

One Event You Can’t Plan–Matthew 24:36-39

Do you have your day planned?  How about your week, month, or year?

I’m definitely one of those planner types.  I unconsciously plan.  I want to be spontaneous.  I think spontaneous people are fun, but not having a plan feels like jumping out of a plane without a parachute to me…and that certainly doesn’t sound like fun.

But there’s one event I can’t plan…

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 13:32-37, Matthew 24:36-51, Luke 21:34-38, Matthew 25:1-46

However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.  In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.  People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. Matthew 24:36-39

No one knows the day or hour…

How often do you think about Christ’s return?

Do you really believe He’s going to literally return to judge the world?

Do you live your life as though He could return today?

I think most of us are like the folks Jesus was talking about; our goal is to enjoy life…that’s our plan for our day, week, month, year, and life.  We live for the happy times; banquets, parties and weddings, not for eternity.

I do not believe Jesus has a problem with banquets, parties, and weddings; He attended those events when He was on the earth.

His concern is our day-to-day priorities—where does the Kingdom of God fit in our daily life?

Are we longing for His return?

Are we concerned for those in this world who do not know Jesus?

  • If we rarely take the time to spend with the Lord in our day-to-day life, we’re probably not longing for His return.
  • If we hardly ever mention Jesus to others we’re probably not too concerned about their spiritual state.

Yes, if we knew the day and hour, we could plan for it, we would be ready.  Jesus referred to Himself as the bridegroom and the Church as the bride.  Other than the birth of a child, I don’t think there is anything most women long for and plan for more than their wedding day.  That’s the kind of expectation Jesus wants us to have for His return.

Yes, not knowing the day or hour of Jesus’ return is tough, but if we’re His bride we’ll awaken each day and think, “Today could be the day I will see Him!”

Heavenly Father, help us to see Your return as our reason for being, help our expectation of your return to grow with each passing day.  Holy Spirit, cause our hearts to be tender and burdened for those who do not know You.  Jesus, help us to be Your witnesses!  Jesus, come today!

In Your Holy Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-2, Matthew 26:1-5, Luke 22:1-2, Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26: 14-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Mark 14:17-26, Matthew 26:20-30, Luke 22:14-30, John 13:18-30

Guaranteed to Last Forever—Mark 13:31, Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33

My oldest and most precious material possessions are my antique dining room table, china cabinet, buffet, and my piano.  All are over a hundred years old.  All were bought by my parents when I was a little girl.  When I look at these “things” my mind is filled with great memories of my childhood with my parents and brother.  And now my husband, children, and grandchildren and I are making new memories with these special “things.”

I hope my children and grandchildren continue to enjoy these “things” for many years to come. But there are some material possessions I will be handing down to them that are more important than my antiques…

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 13:1-23, Matthew 24:1-25, Luke 21:5-24, Mark 13:24-31, Matthew 24:26-35, Luke 21:25-33

These most important, most precious, special “things” are displayed in our shadow box coffee table.  At first glance, some of them aren’t much to look at; old, tattered, and falling apart.

But when I look at them my eyes fill with tears, my heart beats faster and my hands immediately move to touch them.

These special “things” are the ONLY things I know that are guaranteed to never disappear.

Actually they’re not things at all; they are diaries, historical journals, living love letters, and prophetical guides to the future; supernaturally written by the God of the Universe.

In this shadowbox are seven Bibles that God has used to communicate His love, promises, comfort, peace, direction, discipline, and holiness to me over the past 30 years.

Theses Bibles and God’s Word have help me to make it through times I literally thought I could not survive.

Three times in today’s reading God tells us that heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never disappear (Mark 13:31, Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33). I think He wants us to know…

His Words

His Words

His Words will never disappear…

As today’s reading tells us there will come a time when everything including heaven and earth will pass away.  My antiques won’t be around anymore, but the Word of God that I’ve hidden in my heart through Bible study, meditation, and daily devotions will last forever.

What are your most important “things”?  Will they last forever?

Pick up your Bible.

Take some time to think about the fact that you’re holding the Words of God and those Words will last forever.

Do you want something special to hand down to your family?

Give them a love for the Word of God.  It will out-live you, your money and your things!

Heavenly Father, help us to spend our time focusing on what will last forever; Your Word. Holy Spirit, draw us to Your Bible like a magnet!  Open our eyes Lord, we want to see you in and through Your Word.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 13:32-37, Matthew 24:36-51, Luke 21:34-38, Matthew 25:1-46

The Christian Life Simplified–Mark 12:28-34

This is a re-post from last year, but I think it’s worth a second look…

I’m sure that “simple” is not the way most people would describe their life as a Christ Follower.  My life can certainly get complicated at times.  The Holy Spirit is in the process of teaching me something about making the Christian life simple; so come along and think this through with me. This year I have been reading the One-Year Chronological Bible during my morning porch time.  It’s July and I’m still in the Old Testament! I keep noticing this one phrase over and over:  So that they will know that I am the Lord their God. It hit me last week that the purpose of the Old Testament was so that the earth and all its inhabitants would know that God, Jehovah, Yahweh– the God of the Bible, is the Lord our God.

This word “know” is translated from the Hebrew word yada’ and is used 947 times and means to know, learn to know or to know by experience.

Test this out; read any book or story in the Old Testament and ask yourself why did that happen; what was the purpose?  The answer is most likely going to be so that they would know (learn to know and experience) that the God of the Bible is the Lord their God.

So what was the message of the New Testament?   I’m so glad you asked!

Matthew 22:34-40

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Wow!  God shouted the message I am your God throughout the Old Testament.  Then Jesus came and said we are not only to know that God is God, but we are to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. This is step one of the Simple Life.  Jesus gave us the second step in that same scripture—Love your neighbor.  Jesus didn’t just tell us how to love, he showed us by dying on the cross for his “neighbor(s)”.  So the New Testament is all about loving your neighbor as yourself.

Life is so crazy these days; there’s so much we can do.  How do we know what we should do and what we shouldn’t do?  Wouldn’t it be great if we had a filter (a device that removes impurities) that we could run every situation, decision or conversation through to see if it lined up with the will of God for our lives?

I think the Greatest Commandment is that filter!

In the future when I have a question about how to handle a situation, person, or decision I’m going to filter it through the Greatest Commandment:

1. Will this situation, decision, or conversation show My God that I love him with all my heart, soul and mind?

2. Will this situation, decision, or conversation treat my neighbor in a way that I would want to be treated?

If the answer to either question is no, then I will have to S-T-O-P and rethink my strategy.

Have I over simplified our Christian walk?  What are your thoughts?

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller

Your Mistake Is_____________–Matthew 22:29


I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life…some because of ignorance, some because hasty decisions, and some because of selfishness.

It’s not fun to be confronted about your mistakes.  My Dad was always the person whose opinion was most important, so his disappointment and disapproval were my worst nightmare, but there is something worse…

Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:28-32, Mark 12:1-12, Matthew 21:33-46, Luke 20:9-19, Matthew 22:1-14, Mark 12:13-17, Matthew 22:15-22, Luke 20:20-26, Mark 12:18-27, Matthew 22:23-33, Luke 20:27-40

During Jesus’ earthly ministry He was constantly tested by the Jewish religious leaders.  In Matthew 22, the Sadducees made up a scenario trying to trap Jesus.  Not only did he answer their question, He pointed out their mistake:

Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God. Matthew 22:29

  • You don’t  know the scriptures
  • You don’t know the power of God

To put in 21st century verbiage, Jesus was talking to religious people, church leaders, preachers and teachers. They certainly should have known God’s Word and His Power.

What does “know” really mean?

In today’s culture saying, “I know that person, I know that song, or I know that place,” basically means I have heard of them or it.

The word “know” is translated from the Greek word:  οἶδα [eido, oida /i·do/]

It means…

  • to know
  • to know of anything
  • to know, i.e. get knowledge of, understand, perceive of any fact
  • to know how, to be skilled in
  • to have regard for one, cherish, pay attention to

In our year-long journey through God’s Word we’ve talked many times about the importance of knowing God’s Word, but have we ever really seen NOT knowing God’s Word as a mistake…

…Maybe…

The biggest mistake of our life

I’m afraid when we get to heaven and the Lord shows us the plans that were made for our lives before the world began, plans to bring Him and His Kingdom glory, we’re going to say, “But Lord, we just couldn’t do it, we didn’t know how…”

Then our Lord is going to say…

“The mistake you made was–

  • You didn’t know the scriptures
  • You didn’t know my power

So you lived a life below the life I had planned for you.

Friends, we do not want to make this mistake.  We do not want to see the disappointment on our Heavenly Father’s face or hear the sadness in His voice when He says, “I gave you My Word and My Power and you didn’t appreciate it or have knowledge of it.”

As I read yesterday’s scripture reading this particular passage jumped off the page.

Jesus was telling the disciples:

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.  You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” Matthew 21:21-22

I prayed and said, “Lord, I know there is so much more of Your power available to me as Your child than I’ve ever seen or experienced.  Teach me Lord about Your Power.”

I believe today’s scripture reading is the first lesson the Holy Spirit is teaching me as I pursue His Power.

God’s Word and His Power go hand-in-hand.

Amazing!  He’s already answering my prayer!

Heavenly Father, I don’t want to get to heaven and find out I made a huge mistake, a mistake that caused me to live a “less-than” victorious  Christian life.  Holy Spirit, draw me to Your Word, help me know You more each time I pick up Your Bible.  Jesus, I ask you to fill me with Your Power to get Your Will accomplished in my life.

In Jesus’Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34, Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:35-37, Matthew 22:41-46, Luke 20:41-44, Mark 12:38-40, Matthew 23:1-12, Luke 20:45-47, Matthew 23:13-39, Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4

5 in 25

Happy Week-end Friends!  I hope you’re enjoying your week-end!  I pray that you make spending time with your Heavenly Father a high priority this week-end.  If you have 25 minutes, below are 5 devotionals to help you think about Your God and His love for You!

This Week-end’s Scripture Reading:

Saturday: Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19, Luke 19:41-44, John 12:20-36

Sunday: John 12:37-50, Mark 11:12-14, Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:15-19, Matthew 21:12-17, Luke 19:45-48, Mark 11:20-33, Matthew 21:23-27, Luke 20:1-8

Here are the Links to the Devotions:

To Self Promote or Not…That is the Question

Oh, God, Why is this Happening to Me?

A “Heavenly” Market Research Experiment

The Blessings of Children

What Every Mom Wants

Don’t miss church on Sunday!  God has something special planned just for you!

Blessings in Jesus!

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller


What Every Mom Wants—Matthew 20: 20-22

Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. “What is your request?” he asked.

She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”

But Jesus answered by saying to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink?” Matthew 20: 20-22

Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-6, Mark 10:32-34, Matthew 20:17-19, Luke 18:31-34, Mark 10:35-45, Matthew 20:20-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-19:27

In Jewish and Roman circles the indirect intercession of a motherly woman was often more effective than a man’s direct petition for himself (see also 2 Sam 14:2–20; 1 Kings 1:15–21; cf. 2 Sam 20:16–22). Because James and John were in Jesus’ presence when their Mom made this request, she may have asked this question at the request of her sons.  (The IVP Bible Background Commentary)

At first glance this Mom looks like an ambitious, controlling, and prideful woman who wanted her sons to be exalted above everyone else.

I wonder what this Mom really wanted…

  • To make her sons happy
  • For her sons to be seen as a god
  • For her sons to have a higher position than the other disciples
  • To be seen as the mother who birthed and raised two sons of greatness

Maybe she just wanted her sons to be close to Jesus.  Isn’t that what every Christian mom wants for her children?

I know it’s definitely what I wanted and still want for my children.  When my kids were toddlers I dreamed of them being leaders in the youth group or singing on the praise team and then growing up to be world changers for Jesus… preachers or missionaries.

I’m sure I prayed and asked Jesus to make my desires happen.   I wonder if Jesus thought the same thing about my requests that he did of James and John’s Mom’s request.

Dianne, you don’t know what you are asking!

Just like the mother of James and John, many mothers in today’s world misguidedly seek places of honor and greatness for their children.

Jesus used this occasion to teach James and John’s mom and every mom since what true greatness means.  He showed us by His

• Willingness to suffer (Matthew 20:22–23)

• Willingness to serve (Matthew 20:24–28)

Christ’s warning that his apostles would suffer for his sake (Matthew 20:23) was fulfilled. All of them experienced great trials, and all except John suffered violent deaths. [Mark 10:35–45] (Wilmington’s Bible Handbook)

No Mom wants her children to suffer; our desire is to keep our kids from suffering.

Jesus, teach us about real greatness.  Help us to point our children and grandchildren to Your example of greatness.  Holy Spirit, convict us of our own pride and self-interest, as it relates to our desires for our children.  Help us to lead by example in our own desires for greatness.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2010, Dianne Guthmuller

This Week-end’s Scripture Reading:

Saturday: Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19, Luke 19:41-44, John 12:20-36

Sunday: John 12:37-50, Mark 11:12-14, Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:15-19, Matthew 21:12-17, Luke 19:45-48, Mark 11:20-33, Matthew 21:23-27, Luke 20:1-8

The Blessings of Children—Mark 10:13-16

 

Nanu and Cohen

 

This past Monday, October 18th, my tenth grandchild was born. Cohen Miles Gifford became the third son of my daughter Allison and my grafted-in-son (son-in-law) Eric.  There is NOTHING more amazing in this world than the birth of a child.  I can’t take my eyes off him.  Cohen was not and now he is…how can this be?

The one, true, living God of the universe spoke him into existence.

God could have chosen a million different ways to fill His earth, but He chose to do it through children…

Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14,Mark 10:1-12, Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 18:15-17, Mark 10:17-31, Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30

Jesus made sure we knew the value of children.  He also told us that the only way we can receive the Kingdom of God is like a child:

One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.

When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them!  For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.  I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”  Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

How do we receive the Kingdom of God like a child?

  • Children are helpless, unable to save themselves
  • Totally dependent on the mercy and grace of God
  • A child enjoys much but can explain very little
  • Children live by faith
  • They trust others to take care of them
  • Children immediately go to their parents when they are  hurt or have a problem

Wiersbe, Warren W.: The Bible Exposition Commentary

It’s so easy for children to believe in and have faith in God.  I see this in my grandkids.  When we pray for them to feel better, they believe they will.

They wholeheartedly believe God…

  • Is who He says He is
  • Will do what He says He will do

What happens?

How do we go from a little child who totally believes in God and believes God, to doubting who He is and what he says?

The pull of this sinful world is huge.  From the time a child is conceived a battle begins…a battle for their soul. That’s why we must train up our children in the ways of God and the things of God (Proverbs 22:6); so that when they grow up they still have child-like faith.

Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3).  This morning as I sit and watch Cohen sleep, I’m thanking God for my newest gift.  Lord, help me to live a life that leads Cohen and all my grandchildren straight to you.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Matthew 20:1-6, Mark 10:32-34, Matthew 20:17-19, Luke 18:31-34, Mark 10:35-45, Matthew 20:20-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-19:27

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