Your Heritage of faith YouVersion Devotional

“Determination”
How determined are you to do what it takes to connect with the life and power of God?

In the book of Mark, we find the story about a group of men who’d evidently heard about the ministry of Jesus, and they believed their paralyzed friend could be healed. But just knowing Jesus could heal their friend was not enough. They had to be determined to do whatever was necessary to get that paralyzed man into the presence of Jesus.

Jesus saw their faith in their determination to get to Him—even if it meant ripping up someone else’s roof. He saw their determination to connect with the source of all life and power.

How determined are you to get into the presence of Jesus? How determined are you to take the time to meditate in the World of God and allow God to speak to you? If you find yourself unable to spend much quality time in the Word, perhaps you have an overcrowded life.

I don’t know the need you may facing today, but connecting with the life and the power of God begins with your determination to get into His presence. And when you do, you’ll find sufficient grace to meet your every need.

Truth Confession

Father, I thank You for giving me the wisdom I need to adjust my schedule so that I can spend more quality time in Your presence. I am determined to keep You as the highest priority in my life.

NIGHT LIGHT FOR PARENTS

Our Priceless Joy

Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of [children]. Psalm 127:5

From a financial perspective, parenting is definitely an expensive proposition. The estimated cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in the year 2000 is $165,630—and that doesn’t include paying for college, which today can run into six figures by itself (our apologies for any heart palpitations we’ve just caused!).

But our children are more than just another expense, aren’t they? Though they require an incredible investment of our resources—time, money, energy, patience—they give back even more. Can we put a price on our pleasure in receiving a lovingly crafted gift, on the pride that fills us when our child hits all his lines in the school play, on the contentedness we feel after an extra-long bedtime hug? Can anything make us understand our heavenly Father’s love for us quite like our own unconditional love for our children?

There are days when the costs and trials of parenthood add up to what seems an unbearable burden. When that happens, we urge you to turn to the pages of Scripture. The psalms remind us that children are a “heritage” and a “reward” (Psalm 127:3); they are “arrows in the hands of a warrior” (v. 4). As you read the Word of God and praise Him for your kids, you’ll feel genuine appreciation returning to your heart. Sure, kids are expensive—but they are worth every penny.

Before you say good night…

Do your children sometimes feel like a burden instead of a blessing?

In addition to prayer and studying the Word, how can you help each other appreciate your kids?

Lord, we really do love our kids. In those moments when our frustrations build up, please move us to respond in a way that brings glory to You. Thank You for entrusting us with these precious lives. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Statistic from “Expenditures on Children by Families: 2000 Annual Report,” USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. http://www.govspot.com/news/reports/family.htm (accessed 16 July 2002).