Dear Father God, thank You so much for my family and for making each one a part of my life. Lord I praise Your name for each member of my family that knows and loves You and has placed their trust in the Lord Jesus as Saviour. How it rejoices my heart to know that they are secure in You and are bound for heaven. Fill each of us with Your grace and goodness and may we learn day by day to cast all our cares upon You.
Lord I also know that there are those that I love that have not yet placed their trust in Jesus and others that have grown weary of the Christian life and have wandered back to worldly activities or selfish pursuits. Reach out Your arm of love to each one and draw them back to You.
Lord I know that it is not Your will that any of my family should perish – and I long to know that one day we will all be together in heaven – convict every member of my family of their sin and bring them to saving faith in Jesus I pray, in Whose name I pray,
Today, I will ask for forgiveness of my sins.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:9-KJV)
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.Squares and Rectangles
Bible Reading of the Day: Read 2 Corinthians 12:6-10.
Verse of the Day: “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).
Mom held Micah’s schoolbook in her hands. “All right,” she said in her best teacher’s voice, “what is a square?” She was quizzing him to help him prepare for an important test at school.
“A parallelogram with four equal sides and four equal angles,” Micah answered. “Very good,” Mom said. “What’s a parallelogram?”
“Uh,” Micah said, “it’s … a figure where the sides are even with the other sides.” “Right,” Mom said. “Each side is parallel to the opposite side. What’s a rectangle?” Micah thought for a moment. “A parallelogram with four equal angles.” “Good!” Mom said. “Is a square always a rectangle?” Micah nodded. “Yup,” he said. “Is a rectangle always a square?” “No,” he said confidently.
Mom slapped the covers of the book shut and said, “I think you’re ready.”
“I hope so,” Micah said. “I don’t want the other kids making fun of me again like they did when I flunked the last quiz. They make me feel so … so guilty.”
Mom looked at her son with sympathetic eyes. “I understand that. It’s hard when people make fun of you. And I’m glad you’re determined to do your best. But you don’t have to feel guilty, no matter what the other kids do. Failures aren’t always sins, you know.”
“No,” Mom said. She opened the textbook again to the illustrations of squares and rectangles. She laid the book on the table in front of Micah. “Failures and sins are like rectangles and squares. Sins are like squares; they’re always failures. When you sin, you also fail.”
“Just like a square is always a rectangle.”
“Right,” Mom said. “But failures aren’t always sins. Sometimes they are, but sometimes they’re not. We all fail, because we’re all human. You may fail a quiz, or you may fail to give me a phone message, or you may fail to win a race. But those aren’t necessarily sins.”
“Just like rectangles aren’t always squares,” Micah suggested.
Mom rubbed the top of Micah’s head. “Right.”
TO DISCUSS: How are failures and sins related? How are they different? Do you ever fail at something? How can you tell if your failure is a sin?
TO PRAY: “Lord, as humans, we can’t help but fail sometimes. Help us to learn the difference between sinful failures and innocent failures. And if we sin, remind us to seek forgiveness from you.”
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