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Everyday Discernment: The Importance of Spirit-led Decision Making – Day 7

We are ending a week into this 10-day devotional with 3 more days to go. It’s been a powerful devotional helping us to grasp discernment. Getting to consider how to acquire discernment, how to have discernment about sin, how to discern time and timing, how to use the right words, how to manage our finances, and today, we get to learn how to parent. Let’s get ready to hear from Tim Ferrara in day 7 of this devotional on everyday discernment!

Life demands we make critical choices, but how can you do so effectively? Your ability to discern can make all the difference in what your future looks like. As you read, you will discover how to measure what you are taught against the truth of God’s Word, how to develop a life-giving connection with God, and the path to finding clear direction from the Holy Spirit.

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Scripture from Today’s Devotional:

‘And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. ‘

Titus 2:7

‘Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. ‘

Proverbs 22:6

‘To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”’

Luke 15:11-32

It is so important to start our day praying before we get up. It is so important to start our day in God’s Word before allowing the noise of this world to try and overwhelm us or rob us of the joy of the Lord! God’s Word is active and alive! God’s Word never returns void! So let’s get our day and this devotional started by reflecting on what God’s Word has to say and how it applies to us!

Let’s be the dads who choose to live as examples to our wives, kids, and world by doing good works of every kind! Let’s be the dads who choose to let everything we do reflect the integrity and seriousness of our teaching from God’s Word! Let’s be the dads who direct our kids onto the right path, pursuing God, God’s will, and God’s plan for their lives! Let’s be the dads who help our kids to know the right way to go and train them in how to know (discern) in order that when they get older they will not leave it! Let’s be the dads who realizes that our kids are each different and so require that we treat and raise them in a way that will help them be on track, get on track, and even stay on track! Let’s be the dads with the love and grace to love our kids when they do what we expect them to and even when they don’t! Let’s be the dads who when they go off track are like the dad of the prodigal son who waits and prays that one day he will come back! Let’s be the dads who help our kids realize that doing the right thing is worth it! Let’s be the dads who can help the kids that walked in alignment and obediently that when the kids that went off track come back that it is a time worth celebrating! Let’s be the dads who love our kids unconditionally! Let’s be the dads who never stop praying for our kids, hoping for our kids, and loving our kids!

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Discernment in Parenting

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