Monday, March 16, 2009

Jeremiah 7:1-15, Psalm 80, Romans 4:1-12, John 7:14-36

Every other week I host a Bible study in my home and I can’t tell you enough how much I receive from the Lord in the process! It is led by a devoted Christian Dad and attended by 10-15 teens. We listen, read the Bible, cry, pray and give thanks for everything that is happening in our lives. We come together to be renewed by God’s Word and lifted up with His Hope. I have come to know and care about these teens as if they were my own children. I have heard about their parents loosing their jobs, their best friends using drugs, not knowing how they were going to pay for their next semester’s college tuition, and the difficulty in sharing their Christian faith in school. I am always praying to God, asking how I can serve them better. Sometimes I am tired from work and feeling a bit depleted, but when these teens share their circumstances, I am so filled up I forget about myself, and I give thanks for the moment.

I ask myself how I can be a better Christian. And every time I ask God, I hear the same answer: “Be present, give thanks, stay in the word, and I’ll show you the way.” In Psalm 80 God’s people cry out, “Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make your face shine upon us that we may be saved.”

Thank you, Lord, for these teens being in my life. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and receive so much in the process. May you continue to shine your face brightly upon us, and may we always seek you first in our lives. Amen.

--SDF

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