Devotionals

Devotionals for Parents

 

Parenting is probably the most important job many of us face. Some days, it’s also the most difficult. It never lets up. A parent is on call 24/7, requiring unending self-sacrifice, wisdom, love, patience, perseverance, and much more.

These Devotionals have been written to help parents, especially those caring for children battling illnesses. 

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Parents Devotional Index

Friday, November 21st

"Lending A Helping Hand"

During this holiday season, we are reminded of how special Jesus is to us. He is our Savoir, Redeemer, and Father. He helps us in times of need, and also during times when we don’t think we need help. 

 

            For those who are struggling at this time of year, let’s lend a helping hand. Ask a friend how you can be praying for him or her. Bring dinner over to your neighbor. Open doors for the elderly. As children of God, we are called to help our family in Christ, especially when they are hurting. 

 

            Here are a few verses that show us why we should help others. I encourage you to read over them and ask God how you can live out the message of each verse. 

 

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” 

Hebrews 13:16 

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” 

-John 15:12 

“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

Matthew 5:42 

 

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” 

Proverbs 19:17 

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” 

Philippians 2:4

Some of our Forever Moriah families are in need of prayer right now, so we ask that you take some time to help them by praying for them. Skylan, a DIPG fighter, and her family could use some prayer for her health and strength right now. Also, Kristopher’s family could use prayers for support since Kristopherwent home to heaven not long ago. 

 

We are praying for you all. Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 21st

"Remembering Jesus"

With the holidays just around the corner, it can be easy to get caught up in the festivities that we forget the reason we are gathering. Thanksgiving is a time for us to give thanks for all that we have. Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

 

            Christmas is not about presents. It’s not about Santa. It’s not about seeing family you haven’t seen in a while. It’s not about singing happy birthday to Jesus. It’s about celebrating His birth and the reason He came to earth. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to take our sins away in human form. Jesus experienced the pain of centuries worth of sin – all for us. The fact that he loves and cares for us so much is worthy to be praised. 

            Christmas is about praising Jesus for all that He’s done and celebrating his glorious birth. Though cancer can make the holidays especially challenging, we must still remember that our Lord loves us, and He is great. Therefore, we should celebrate with love and joy for our God. 

Feel free to read over the following story with your children so that they, too, can be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. 

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 1:18-25)

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement[h] quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,[i] for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
    She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,[j]
    which means ‘God is with us.’”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Visitors from the East (Matthew 2:1-12)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men[a] from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”

3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
    are not least among the ruling cities[c] of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
    who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’[d]”

7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

 

 

Happy Holidays from the Forever Moriah Foundation!

Friday, October 30th

"Standing Firm"

When we are faced with trials in life, it’s hard to know what to do. What do you do when you hear the words, “Your son/daughter has cancer?” How do you react? Who do you tell? The Bible calls us to “stand firm” throughout the struggles we face, whether that be physically, emotionally, or mentally. 

 

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”     

~ 1 Peter 5:8-9 

 

            This verse provides us with the comfort we need to face every challenging day. God has given us a community of believers to turn to when the devil wants to devour us. The devil reveals himself to us through many ways. Cancer is the devil. Alcoholism is the devil. Depression is the devil. Negative thoughts are the devil. The devil wants to take away our joy, but 1 Peter 5:8-9 says to stand firm in our faith, and that joy will be given back to us. When we put our full trust in God, the devil can’t tempt us or hurt us. God is the ultimate fighter, and He will always fight for you, your child, and everyone else you know. 

 

            “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”       

~ 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

            I love this verse because it reminds us to always trust in God’s plan. Though we don’t always understand why bad things happen, we do know that God is watching over us. Maybe the trials you are facing right now will strengthen you in ways you cannot yet fathom, or maybe He wants to bring a loved one home earlier than you would like. Regardless of the outcome, God already knows it, and He will be there with us every step of the way. We just need to stand firm in Him. 

By,

Lexi M. 

 
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