Friday, July 19, 2013

Light vs. Dark

Every night before bed (well, most nights before bed) the kids and I have our devotional time.  The routine is pretty simple...Cecely, Titus, and I get in our pjs, sit together on the couch, and we read from our Jesus Calling for Kids devotional book.  I don't think I could handle the adult version of this book, because the children's version knocks me to the ground every night.  After we read, we talk about the devotional and what the Bible says about the given topic.  Then, we share prayer requests, and finally, we pray together.  Some nights, this time goes by smoothly.  Other nights, it's heartbreaking.  Friends, if you have children in your lives...LISTEN to them...ASK them what is on their heart and mind..and PRAY for them!

Tonight's devotional was called "Unwanted Feelings".  I was going to summarize it, but I think it's easier just to share it:

"Bring Me all your feelings, even the ones you wish you didn't have.  Fear, anger, jealousy--all those  dark feelings disappear if you stay in the Light of My Presence.

Don't try to pretend that you never feel afraid or jealous or angry.  Feelings are a part of being human.  It is what you do with those feelings that makes all the difference.  The evil one can use your feeling to try to keep you from doing My will.  But don't let fear stop you from stepping out and doing what you know is right.  Don't let jealousy blind you to your own talents and blessings.  And don't let anger trip you up and cause you to sin.

Trust me enough to bring all those dark feelings to Me.  Spread them out in the Light of My Love, where we will deal with them together. " (Jesus Calling 365 Devotions for Kids, Sarah Young)

This devotional was so timely for our little family.  Cecely has been battling anger for 6 months, Titus has been struggling with fear, and I have been dealing with both.  I loved the perspective this devotional gave...the enemy wants to use those dark feelings against us.  He wants to break us, hurt us, defeat us.  BUT, when we are in the light of our Father those dark feelings are vanquished.  Remember, He created you for a purpose.  You are HIS!  He wants you to live in the light!  Don't run away from your dark feelings...deal with them...don't let them control you...And, if you have kids in your life, help them understand their scary feelings.  Remind them that Jesus is the Light, and if He is in their heart, His Light is in them!!! 

Please, please, please listen to your children!  Let them talk about what they are thinking and feeling.  Don't belittle what they say.  Ask them what makes them scared, jealous, or angry.  Pray with them.  Talk with them!  It will blow your mind what they are holding on to...it will break your heart to know their burdens...and it will bless you beyond words to pray with them!

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