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Love & Relationships Day 15

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Scripture: Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Devotional: This week we will dive into godly relationships that parents are called to have with their children. Today’s passage starts us off with having the right perspective of the children you’ve been given. They are a gift from God, rewarded and entrusted to you for His purpose.

With that comes a responsibility. 

You are to cherish that gift, but also steward it. Malachi 2:15 says, “Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring.”

Your primary purpose as a parent is to ensure that your child knows and follows God. It’s not to ensure they grow up to make a lot of money or have a successful career and family.  Those are great things, but not the primary thing.  

Helping your kids follow Jesus is not always an easy task. But you’re not alone in the task.  As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have the Holy Spirit to guide and direct you, and to move in the life of your child.  Keep that in mind, and pray for His strength and wisdom as you raise the ones He has entrusted to you.

Reflect:

  • What have you viewed as your primary role as a parent? Does this passage change your perspective?

Love & Relationships Day 14

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Scripture: Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Devotional: The last effort that we will talk about this week in order to grow a strong marriage and relationship is to give affirmation.  We all need to be affirmed and encouraged.  It’s like showers that rain down upon thirsty foliage, causing it to bloom and flourish.

If you have not yet figured out your spouse’s love language, this might be helpful to understand how you can best encourage them. You can take a quick quiz to determine yours and your spouse’s here: https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/

Once you’ve determined how your spouse best receives love and encouragement, you can focus your efforts of encouraging them each day through their preferred language.  Whether that’s giving them daily time together to talk, or doing small acts of service that show them you care, practicing these kinds of encouragement on a daily basis can truly transform a stale or withered relationship into one that is vibrant and alive. 

When you do this there is an added benefit:  you are protecting your spouse from falling into temptation, whether that is an extra-marital affair or simply just a jaded and hardened view of you and your life together. It’s an investment that you won’t regret.

Reflect:

  • What things are you willing to commit to in order to encourage your spouse each day?

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