Let your light shine! Let’s be the dads who shine for God!
Will we choose God? Will we choose God’s way? Will we choose God’s will? Will we choose God’s purpose? Will we choose God’s plan? God is precise and knows what He is doing! God is the God of details! Consider His plans for getting out of Egypt! Consider His plans for the tabernacle! Consider His plans for the temple! Consider His plans for the holy items in them both! Consider His placement within them both! God knows what He is doing and as I went looking for the next devotional and gain approval to use it, I discovered it will fit in this month. It’s going to speak to us about the importance of a father being present. So as we get ready to jump in let’s choose to be the dads that our wives, our kids, and this world needs for us to be! Let’s be the dads who are able to pour out unconditional love!
Today’s devotional gets us started with the following verses:
‘ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ‘John 14:1-3
God knows what we are going through even before we ask. God knows what today will bring because He knows the beginning from the end. Why would or should we be surprised when the scripture God gives us for today speaks to where we are at? We shouldn’t but I am always amazed and in awe when it does.
God knows that change can feel uncomfortable and so He tells us “do not let your heart be troubled”. God wants us to be looking to Him rather than focusing on the object or situation in front of us! When we focus on God we find that the object in front of us is smaller than the God who is with us! So today, let’s be the dads who believe in God and have a relationship with God! The aha moment when I realized it was about a relationship with Jesus and not about rituals or routines or flows, it changed my life! So let’s believe in God and put all of our trust in Him! Let’s lean in and have a relationship with Jesus who is our savior and king! Let’s be the dads who won’t walk in fear but overcome fear with our faith in Jesus! Let’s be the dads whose faith overcomes and overwhelms fear just as light overcomes and overwhelms darkness! Jesus has gone before us to prepare in advance for the good works He has for us to do! Jesus is behind us, protecting our backs! Let’s grab hold of the promises of what is yet to come from today’s verse that speaks to how in heaven there is a place for us and how Jesus has gone before us to prepare that place! Let’s not lose hope because of the struggles, the trials, or even the troubles because we know that Jesus has promised He will be coming back too and will bring us to spend eternity in heaven with Him! Let’s be the dads who stay connected to Jesus so that we can hold tight to these promises and truths! When we face trials, let’s be the dads who consider it pure joy and allow our faith to grow so that it allows us to persevere through it all. When we face trials, are considering it pure joy, are growing in faith, and persevere, let’s be the dads who grab hold of the reality that when perseverance has completed its work we will be complete and lacking nothing! Let’s be the dads who when we face troubles take heart because we know that Jesus has already overcome the world! Let’s not lose hope! Let’s grab hold of God’s plan for us which is good and is to give us hope and a future!
Today’s devotional has been provided by Eternity Matters With Norma (more details can be found here: Eternity Matters With Norma – Home | Facebook)
Reading through today’s devotional, here are some takeaways for me:
(check out the devotional on your own too to see if you pick up other nuggets, and please share your findings in the comments)
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Takeaways from Today’s Devotional:
- “A TATTERED OLD NOTE, JUST FOR ME!“
- Let’s be the dads who shine light and love into the world around us!
- Let’s be the dads who shine light into our marriages so it will radiate brightly!
- Let’s be the dads who shine light into our kids so that they go into the world charged by the light (solar charged by the Son)!
- Let’s be the dads who shine from morning till night over our families and the world around us!
- Let’s be the dads who lead our family into God’s presence daily!
- Pray with and over our wives and kids in the morning before they head out on their day!
- Pray with and over our wives and kids at dinner time after a busy day!
- Let’s pray without ceasing throughout the day whenever the Spirit prompts us to pray!
- Let’s be the dads who pour into our kids and our wives because life is too short not to!
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the truth of today’s Word so that we share it with our loved ones that they will not be troubled but rather believe in God and know the rest of the story!
- Let’s be the dads who grab hold of the truth of today’s Word so that because of it our wives and kids know that it isn’t the end because Jesus has gone before us to prepare a room for each of us!
- Let’s be the dads who are tucking away the truth of God in places so that our wives and our kids will be able to find them and know that everything is going to be ok!
- Today’s devotional shares the testimony of our author and her dad – if you have time, I would suggest you take a moment and read it for yourself.
- Today’s devotional asks us if we can related:
- “CAN YOU RELATE?“
- “Dad was old enough to be my grandfather, but he wasn’t, he was and always will be my daddy! This was my first encounter with the loss of someone this close to me and I was devasted. Have you ever wondered how you could go on without the direction, the countless stories, and guidance of someone you were sure would be there for you?“
- “CAN YOU RELATE?“
- Today’s devotional then gives us some things to consider and reflect on:
- Today’s devotional concludes with a hook to get us to come back tomorrow when it says: