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Lent – Week 2 – Day 8

Ephesians 5

” Imitate God in everything you do, because you are his dear child. Live a life of love, following the example of Christ.”

I have often wondered what it would e like to have an older brother to look after me. Maybe I would want to desperately have his approval. Most likely I would have done anything to get his attention. As I observe the little sisters in our home I see what joy they have in knowing their big brother(s) notice them. I have also observed what devastating lengths the girls are prone to go in an effort to gain what they seek.

Recently one of the sisters was really having to wrestle with this need to gain approval. In order to gain the attention she hungered for there were compromises made and boundaries knowingly crossed. As a mother this alarmed me, as a Christian it peaked my curiosity. As I prayed through things this thought came to mind:

God did not create you to be like _______, he created you to be like Christ.

As we seek approval, acceptance and attention, so we focus our efforts in a sometimes worldly direction. So who holds the place of ‘approver’ in your life? A sibling, parent, spouse or child? A boss or co-worker, or giver of accolades? As we seek to gain their approval we are choosing behaviors that reflect what they value, and not all of these behaviors are pleasing to God.

In the end I do have a big brother, the first in this new way of following the LORD, his name is Jesus and he is the Christ. If I am focusing on Christ’s example then all I do in, an effort to gain his attention alone, will be nothing short of exactly who God desires for me to be like.

#createdinhisimagetobehislikeness

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Lent – Week 2 – Day 7

Psalm 19

‘The heavens declare the glory of God…’

‘Keep me for willful sins, may they not rule over me.’

Here are the two points we talked over as a family last night:

1.This Psalm is such a diverse one. You can read the beginning and gather evidence of God in creation. No matter who, when or where there is the proof right in front of your very eyes of a God who is awesome! Step outside today and try to explain that away.

2. Also, the sincere, humble, plea that God would open our eyes to our hidden faults and strengthen us in our weakest moments. Acknowledgement that we need his kind of wisdom and intervention.

#proof #acknowledgement

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Lent 2016 – Week 2 – Day 6

James 4

Yes, again the LORD lead us back here. This was  probably due to the fact that some of us needed to be reminded of the seriousness of following Christ. Either we are following him or we are not. Either our lives are lining up with his example, or they are not. Taking a hard look at some realities. No one had much to say, not even in Dad’s breakfast recap. Me thinks that the LORD is doing a bit of a purging week at the Watters’ household. Ouch.

#puremotives

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Lent 2016-Week 2-Day 5

Psalm 33 “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”

Tonight we will talk about trusting in the LORD, who knows our hearts. He made us! Placing our hope in the LORD, who alone is our salvation. What do you place your hope in? Job security, family ties, cultural norms, skills and abilities, formal education and training? Anything other than the LORD alone is less than deserving of your hope, trust and praise.

#praise #hope

 

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Lent 2016- Week 1

This year we are observing Lent as a family. Easy evening we reflect on a scripture together and the Adam prays that word over our family. Tonight as we close our first week of Lent I want to share with you the week’s reflections in hopes that you may also be challenged to refocus on the LORD.

Day 1: Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all of your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.”

Today we discovered what God’s will is for us – to obey him. What does he want us to do? Trust and obey: love the LORD with all of our hearts and love others. No matter the assignment, location or vocation, issue or problem, blessing or tragedy. Acknowledge him by obeying him and following Christ’ example in every response.

Trust. Obey. The Way.

Day 2: Psalm 51, Specifically 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

This second day of Lent we read a beautiful Psalm born in the heart of a truly repentant man. In the midst of pouring his soul out to the LORD he makes an earnest plea to his God; an acknowledgement that he had not followed the LORD’s commands. He was seeking a renewed purity within himself that would honor God. Tonight we prayed that for our family – nothing else to add.

Repentance. Restoration.

Day 3: James 4:1-10 “Come close to God and God will come close to you”

Such a beautiful revelation. When we seek him he will be found. He does not whisper obscurities in dark corners, he publicly proclaims bold promises. God is not hiding from you. If he seems far off then one needs only to look back at the map, Jesus Christ. The reality is that there has been an alternate route chosen that has lead away from God. No dear ones, God will not wander away from you.

Humility

Day 4: 1 John 4:7-20, Specifically 4:17 “As we live in God our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can ace him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.”

In this final devotional there was so much to say. Love. Love is a choice we are commanded to make. Love God, love others. Not conditional, not situational, not moment by moment, and not emotional. And fear. Love has no need of fear.

God is love. Love drives out fear.

So there is the start of our Lent season. A daily reflection in the word that washes us. I hope you will join in on our journey through the remaining  days and allow the LORD to use this time to draw you closer to himself, looking more like Christ each day.

Good night dear friends,

April

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