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Love & Relationships Day 19

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Scripture: Proverbs 3:11-12 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Devotional: Why do you think so many people have such a hard time with discipline?  It often seems like a negative, rather than the positive thing that it is. God disciplines those He loves, and you are showing love to your kids when you discipline them. 

Discipline is a way of protecting and developing a person in order to bring out the very best in them.  We’ve all seen that spoiled child behaving badly in the grocery store.  When you see that, do you say to yourself: “now there’s a parent who really loves their child”?  Don’t think so. 

Don’t be afraid to enact discipline in your child’s life.  It’s necessary and imperative for their well-being.

Reflect:

  • How would you rate your ability to discipline your child effectively?
  • If you struggle in this area, reach out for help. Our kids and student pastors are here to partner with you.

Love & Relationships Day 18

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Scripture: Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness.

Devotional: Here’s another example of how you produce godly offspring: worship with your kids and tell them how God has been faithful in your life. You may not feel like you have a powerful story, but you do have a story. 

  • How did you come to know Christ?
  • What difference has He made in your life?
  • What hopes do you have as you seek to grow in Him?
  • What areas are you doing your best to surrender to Him?
  • How do you want Him to transform your life?

These are all great ongoing conversations to have with your kids.  Be willing to be a bit vulnerable and transparent with them.  And encourage them to share these things with you in the various seasons of their lives. 

Raising godly children is a process, not a science. Be real about the challenges and joys of faith.  And don’t be afraid of their hard questions. Wrestle with them together and seek God’s Word for answers. 

You’ll be glad you did.

Reflect:

  • Take some time this week to have an authentic conversation with your kid(s) about your faith story- and theirs.

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