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Knit Together

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Daily Devotional For October 10, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Colossians 3:12-15  

"Mom! Look at my scarf now!" With a ball of yarn dragging behind her, Ana ran into the kitchen, clutching her knitting needles and the scarf she was learning to knit. "Look how long it's getting! I think it's almost finished. Isn't it perfect?" She spread out the length of the scarf on the table. "Oh, wait--there's a hole here, right in the middle!" she wailed. "How did that happen? It's ruined!"

Mom came over and picked up the scarf. "It looks like you dropped a stitch in the middle of this row. When that happens, it makes a big hole. But don't worry--we can fix it."

Ana sniffed. "We can?"

"Sure," said Mom. "I'll show you as soon as I get my meatloaf in the oven."

Soon the meatloaf was baking, and Mom showed Ana how to pick up the dropped stitch and fix the hole it had made.

"Wow! Thanks, Mom!" Ana said. "I thought I'd have to throw this out and start a whole new scarf!"

"You know, I think you could learn something from this scarf," Mom said. "You're still mad at Mei for not inviting you to her party last weekend, aren't you?"

"Well, she's not much of a friend if she would leave me out like that!"

"But didn't Mei take you along on her family's camping trip last summer?" asked Mom. "And remember when you sprained your ankle and she came and played games with you? She helped you catch up on your homework too."

"Yes, but..." Ana wasn't sure what Mom was getting at.

"So," Mom continued, "it seems to me Mei's been a pretty good friend to you in the past. In the Bible, the apostle Paul speaks of friends' hearts being knit together in love. I don't think you should toss out your whole friendship with Mei just because she dropped a stitch in the middle. A hole in a friendship can be fixed too, and the Bible tells us how to do that. It says we need to forgive others the way Jesus has forgiven us."

Ana was quiet for a minute. "You're right. Mei has been a good friend," she said finally. "How about I invite her over for a meatloaf dinner tonight?" Deborah S. Marett

How About You?
Have you ever been really angry with a friend? Maybe they said something mean to you or made you feel left out. Even though they hurt you, that doesn't mean you should end your friendship. Listen to God's reminder to love, forgive, and encourage one another. If there's a hole in one of your friendships, don't throw the whole thing out. Instead, mend it by showing that friend Jesus' love and forgiveness.

Today's Key Verse:
That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love. (NKJV) (Colossians 2:2  )

Today's Key Thought:
Fix friendship holes
 

Courage to Tell

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Daily Devotional For October 10, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Romans 10:11-17  

So, that's what I've been wanting to tell you." Dante watched his friend to see how he'd react. "Ever since I became a Christian at camp, I've wanted to talk to you about it, but I was never sure how to bring it up."

"Wow," said Corbin. "I had no idea you were a Christian, and I'm your best friend!" He punched Dante in the arm. "Well, I'm glad you finally told me. I've been wondering about God lately. Maybe you can answer some of my questions."

"Sure!" Dante felt a surge of relief, and the boys talked more about Jesus and His love for everyone. Before the evening ended, Corbin asked Jesus to be his Savior.

"I'm sorry I waited so long to tell you I was a Christian," Dante said, "but I'm glad I finally did, and that now you know Jesus too!"

"So am I!" Corbin grinned at his friend, then looked down at his phone. "Well, I gotta get home. See you tomorrow, Dante."

The next day, Dante's mom woke him up very early in the morning. "Dante, I'm afraid I have some very difficult news," she said with tears in her eyes. "Corbin was hit by a car on his way home last night. They rushed him to the hospital, and the doctors did all they could, but he didn't make it. He died a couple hours ago."

Dante stared at his mom in shock, then broke down crying.

"I'm so sorry, Dante," Mom said, wrapping her arms around him.

After a few minutes, Dante wiped his eyes and looked at his mom. "I'm so glad I told Corbin about Jesus. I had been putting it off because I didn't know how he'd react, but yesterday I asked God to give me the courage to do it, and He did. And Corbin trusted Jesus as His Savior!"

Mom brushed a tear away and smiled. "I'm so happy to hear that. We can't know when or how someone will respond to the good news of Jesus, but God often uses Christians to help others understand His love for them at just the right time. Even though we're sad, we know Corbin is with Jesus now, and someday we'll see him again." Jan L. Hansen

How About You?
Does your best friend know you're a Christian? Have your family members heard what Jesus has done for you? God often uses Christians to help others understand that Jesus died for them so they can trust Him as their Savior. Ask Jesus to give you courage and show you opportunities to tell others about Him, and pray He would open their hearts to His good news.

Today's Key Verse:
How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? (NKJV) (Romans 10:14  )

Today's Key Thought:
Tell others about Jesus
 

Even Muffins Matter

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Bible Reading: John 15:9-14  ; 1 John 3:16-18  

"Mom, there he is! Grab the bag!" Sophia pressed her nose against the glass of the car window as Mom smiled and handed the man on the corner a bag filled with food and treats.

The man smiled and said, "God bless you!" as he accepted the free gift.

Whenever they went out, Mom, Sophia, and Dustin would bring a bag of food for anyone they saw who was in need. They would pray for the person after they received their bag.

"Dear God," Dustin prayed, "please help this man have enough food to fill him up today, and give him a warm place to sleep tonight. Most of all, if he doesn't know You, I pray that he would open up his heart to you. Amen."

"I bet he will love those chocolate chip banana muffins that we made!" Sophia said with a grin.

Dustin laughed. "Yeah, good thing we went out today. There might not have been any left if we hadn't--they were so tasty!"

Mom grinned. "You both are eating so much these days, it's like you have hollow legs!"

Sophia grew quiet as she looked out her window. "Mom? Do you think that man knows what love is?"

"Do you remember the verse we wrote down and put in the bag for him?" Mom asked.

"Yeah! First John 3:16  : 'This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.'"

"Exactly right," Mom answered. "Do you know the rest of that verse? It says, 'And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.'"

"We can't die for people every day!" Dustin reasoned.

Mom laughed. "No, we can't. But we can let our words and actions tell others that Jesus loved them enough to die for them. We not only need to tell people about God's love, we need to show it in the way we act toward others."

"So I guess that man does know what love is, because we showed him!" Sophia said excitedly.

"Hey, Mom?" Dustin asked as they pulled into their driveway. "After we unload the groceries, will you show us the love of Jesus by making us more muffins?" Savannah Coleman

How About You?
Do you want to show others love? God sending His Son, Jesus, to die for us is the greatest love there is. You can show people the love of God every day through your actions as well as your words. There are lots of ways you can show that love, and it doesn't have to be something huge. You can make a card for someone who is sick or rake up leaves for an elderly neighbor. God will use whatever you do for Him to show others His free gift of love in Jesus Christ.

Today's Key Verse:
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. (NKJV) (1 John 3:18  )

Today's Key Thought:
Show God's love in action
 

Blind Blessing

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Daily Devotional For October 10, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Isaiah 42:6-7  ; Luke 4:18  ; 10:23-24

"Mom, what's that lady doing over there?" Ruth asked as she pointed to a woman with dark glasses who was tapping a small, thin cane back and forth on the floor.

"She's blind," Mom answered as she placed a bag of sugar in their shopping cart. "That cane helps her know where she's going."

"You mean she can't see?" Ruth asked, feeling sorry for the woman.

"That's right." Mom looked at the blind woman again. "Wait, that's Rebecca Thomas! She lives down the street from us. Let's go say hello."

After talking to Miss Thomas for a while, they finished their shopping and were soon on their way home.

"Mom, I don't understand something," Ruth said. "How can Miss Thomas be so happy? If I was blind, I'd be miserable!"

"Rebecca used to be miserable, even before she went blind," Mom replied. "She once told me how, before she knew Jesus, she only thought about herself and her own comforts and desires. After she lost her sight, she became very bitter. Then someone told her about Jesus, and she trusted Him as her Savior. He helped her see in a whole new way. Now she uses her time helping other blind people know God's grace and love."

"Wow! So she's happy because Jesus helped her see better as a blind person?"

Mom laughed. "I guess you could say that. He helped her see His love for her, and He's using her to help others see it too."

"Like in the song 'Amazing Grace'--how does that part go? 'I once was blind, but now I see.'"

Mom nodded as she turned the car into their driveway. "Even though Miss Thomas can't see physically anymore, Jesus gave her spiritual sight so she could see and know Him. He used a bad situation in her life and turned it into something good. Now she's helping others going through dark, difficult times know that the good of knowing Jesus outweighs everything bad."

"I'm going to remember that," Ruth said. "I want to help others see and know Jesus too!" Elena Ketner

How About You?
Has Jesus given you sight? Can you see His great love for you? The Bible says that those who trust in Jesus are blessed to be able to see Him. They may not all be able to see with their physical eyes, but they're able to see the love and grace He offers everyone. They know He's always with them, and they help others see Him too. He's the greatest blessing of all. (To learn more, click the "Good News!" button in the right column of this page.)

Today's Key Verse:
Then Jesus turned to his followers...He said, "It is a great blessing for you to see what you now see!" (ERV) (Luke 10:23  )

Today's Key Thought:
Jesus gives spiritual sight
 

Here and Now

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Daily Devotional For October 10, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Colossians 3:12-14  

"Hi, Mom," Sydney said as she came in the door. She put her bag on the table. "Hi, Gram."

"Why are we all dressed up?" asked Grandma.

"We're having dinner with the Hoyles," said Mom.

"The Hoyles are so nice. I remember when we spent a week with them at the lake. It was so pretty..." Grandma's voice trailed off, and Sydney sighed. "Why are we all dressed up?" Grandma asked again, and once more Mom answered patiently. "The Hoyles are such nice people," said Grandma. Sydney scowled, picked up her bag, and went to her room.

"How can you be so patient when Grandma repeats the same things over and over?" Sydney asked her mom later.

"I just remind myself that she can't help it," said Mom. "She has Alzheimer's, and she forgets things."

Sydney frowned. "I know, but why does she have to live here?"

"Because we love Grandma, and this is what's best for her now," Mom said.

"Well, I'm tired of hearing the same things a hundred times," Sydney said. "I wish I were old enough to be a missionary, like the woman who spoke at our church last week. Then I wouldn't have to hear Grandma's stories over and over anymore."

"Missionaries have to deal with difficult people too," said Mom. "Remember how that woman said people would look in her window and stare at her every day? Think how annoying that would be!"

"But I'd be doing important work for God," Sydney said, "so it'd be worth it."

"Grandma is important too," Mom replied. "You don't have to be a missionary to serve Jesus and share His love with others. He'll help you do that here and now with Grandma. As you learn to trust Him to help you do that, He may use the experience to prepare you to serve Him in other ways in the future. But don't wait until then to be someone who's patient and understanding. Trust Him to help you be that person now."

Just then, Grandma came to the door. "Why are we all dressed up?"

Sydney sighed and glanced at her mom. "We're having dinner with the Hoyles, Gram."

"They're such nice people," Grandma said. "I remember the time we were at the lake together."

Sydney smiled. "Tell me about it, Grandma." V. Louise Cunningham

How About You?
Do you have a friend or family member who requires extra patience and understanding? Jesus will help you be kind and helpful toward them, even though it may not always be easy. He'll help you show His love to others and be patient with them so they can see who He is--both now and in the future.

Today's Key Verse:
Encourage those who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. (ERV) (1 Thessalonians 5:14  )

Today's Key Thought:
Be patient and understanding
 

The Leaky Faucet

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Daily Devotional For October 10, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Psalm 78:34-39  

"Stop following me around, Zack!" Sam yelled at his little brother.

"But I want to be with you," Zack said tearfully.

"I don't care! I'm tired of you following me everywhere!" Sam said as he stormed out of the house.

Later that day, Sam went inside to get a snack. "What are you doing?" he asked when he found his dad under the kitchen sink.

Dad crawled out from under the sink and fumbled around in his toolbox. "Oh, the faucet is leaking again, and I'm trying to fix it. Ever since it started leaking, I just can't seem to get it to stop! I may have to call in a professional." Dad sighed, somewhat discouraged, then went back to work as Sam continued to look for something to eat.

A few minutes later, Dad gave up trying to fix the faucet and sat down at the table. "You know, we can be like that faucet sometimes," he said.

Sam looked confused. "What do you mean?"

"When we get upset with someone and lash out at them in anger, it's a lot like water dripping from a leak. Once it gets started, it's hard to mend. The faucet was never the same after I tried to fix it, just like our feelings toward one another are never quite the same when we try to fix them ourselves. We need to call in a professional!"

"You mean Jesus?" Sam asked.

"That's right," Dad said. "We need to call on Jesus to fix the leaks in our relationships, just like I need to call a plumber to fix the leak in the faucet. The only way to stop anger from leaking out of our hearts and hurting others is for Him to replace it with His love. We need to remember how much He loves us and then show that person His love and forgiveness instead of our anger."

Sam thought about how he had yelled at his little brother earlier that day. "I think I need to ask Jesus to fix a leak in my heart and then go apologize to Zack."

Dad smiled. "I think that's a good idea. While you do that, I'm going to call a plumber!" Elena Ketner

How About You?
Do you have a leak in a relationship that you just can't seem to fix? Do mean, angry words drip out of your mouth when you get upset? You can't fix that leak on your own--you need a professional. Jesus is the only one who can fix the angry leak in your heart with His love. Trust Him to help you love others the way He loves you and respond to them with forgiveness and understanding instead of anger.

Today's Key Verse:
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NKJV) (Proverbs 15:1  )

Today's Key Thought:
Show God's love to others
 

One Turn at a Time

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Daily Devotional For October 10, 2018
  

Bible Reading: Matthew 6:25-34  

"Mrs. Melton sure is going to like the dinner we're taking to her," Kimone said, buckling her seat belt and peeking at the rolls under the bread cloth.

Mom smiled. "I think so too. Her hands must be full with the new baby."

Kimone put both hands firmly on the warm bowl of rolls. "Mom, will I have a baby when I grow up?"

"I don't know, honey," Mom replied. "Only God knows that."

"But I want to know. I want Him to tell me now." Kimone stared glumly out the window as they approached a stop sign.

"Turn right at the next intersection," said a voice on Mom's phone, and Mom did as instructed.

"Didn't we pass the library the last time we drove to the Meltons'?" Kimone asked, twisting in her seat to look back at the intersection. "Is the map on your phone wrong?"

"No. It knows where it's taking us," Mom assured her. "The Meltons moved to a new house last month, remember?"

"Oh yeah, I forgot." Kimone leaned back. "We were always getting lost before you got a smartphone. It tells you each direction just when you need it."

Mom nodded. "It's a little like what God does. He directs each turn in our lives--just one turn at a time."

"But I don't hear Him giving directions," said Kimone. "Do you mean through the Bible?"

"Yes, often through the Bible," Mom replied. "And sometimes He uses other things to point us in the right direction. Like...a phone call telling us someone is in the hospital might also tell us to pray for that person or go visit them."

"Turn left now," the voice broke in.

"When I'm driving, I don't need to know all the turns right away. All I need is the next turn," said Mom. "We don't need to know all the turns in life either. We just need to remember that God is in control of our lives and will reveal each next turn in His perfect time."

Kimone grinned as the car wheels crunched on a gravel driveway. "I think I know my next turn--taking these rolls in to Mrs. Melton!" Laura Raborn

How About You?
Do you wonder what kind of job you'll have when you grow up? Or where you'll live? Or who your friends will be? God knows every detail of your future, but you don't have to know it all now. What direction does He have for you today? Is it to help out at church, or to be there for a friend in need? Trust Him to show the turns you should take, one by one.

Today's Key Verse:
Do not worry about tomorrow. (NKJV) (Matthew 6:34  )

Today's Key Thought:
Trust God for life's next step