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Weekly Devotional:

Do you ever wonder if God really cares for you? Are you going (or have you ever gone) through something something so horrible that you can't see God at all in what you;re going through? After all, how could He be in this sinful tragic or unfair thing that you're right in the middle of now?

Well, the good news is that He is- don't believe this writer, hear the words of Jesus: "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?" Matthew 6:30

It is so important to Jesus that you get this: God cares for you, He loves you, His love never fails! He wants the best for you, so He's right alongside you in this crisis and wants you to turn to Him for help. Some of the most life-changing advice Jesus gave was: "But seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

God desires for you to seek Him above all else, so that He can care for you. 

Your prayer: Lord, help me to look to You, the God who cares for me in the middle of this mess in my life. Help me to want to know you more. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who came to earth to save me. Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Amen

Written by Becky Thomas   

This section is for men written by men.

    Time – there never seems to be enough of it to get everything accomplished. And many times after a hard days work, it is so easy to just go home and relax and call it a day. But my parents never chose that option.

     I am one of three children, and between sports, hanging out with friends, and extracurricular activities, there was always something going on in our family each and every day. But you know what, my parents found a way to get us to and from every location we needed to be at, always helpful, and they were at every game, home or away, that we played for sports. And for many years, my Dad was even the coach for me and my two sisters at each point in their lives.

     I can sum all of this up into one word – supportive. When I think of having a family, I want my children to say the same thing about me – that I was always there. It was always so special, especially during the high school years when you start to appreciate things more, to see my parents sitting outside the fence with their lawn chairs watching my baseball game. Or even while I was playing high school golf, not the most exciting spectator sport, my Dad rarely missed a match, home or away. And usually he was the only parent walking and watching his son or daughter play.

    But support did not only come with sports. Whenever there was an event I had to be at, Mom was usually the one to make it all happen so that I would be there, and Mom was always an open person to talk to about things. And even up to today, both of them encourage and strengthen me in many ways, exactly what I need when I need it.

    Being supportive shows kids that you care, and maybe they do not realize it at the moment, but at some point they will look back and always remember their parents taking time out of their day, putting their lives on hold, and experiencing life with their children.

     That is the type of Father and parent that I want to me. You don’t need to have special qualities or fancy words to make it happen. All you have to do is simply show up, and the rest will go from there – and your kids will appreciate it greatly. I know I have.


“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

-1 Thessalonians 5:11

 

 

 

Written by Nolan Nichols

Nolan will turn 22 this June. He accepted Christ as a teenager, and later led Campaigners for Christ at Luray High School. Nolan recently graduated from Virginia Tech and is home for the summer, so he is back at his home church Mt. Carmel Regular Baptist Church. He plans to return to grad school in the fall at Tech, and is seeking the Lord's guidance for his future.