Daily Devotional for Thursday December 21, 2017

Scripture:

Psalm 40:4 (NASB) How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Observation:

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the pursuit of happiness that we miss the blessings along the way. When I worked 120 hours a week, I thought I was giving my best to my family. Trying to make sure we had enough finances to cover any material thing they needed or wanted. It wasn’t until my accident that I received a card with a simple, but life-changing message, “You don’t have to be a fire fighter to be our hero.” Only then did I understand that work and what it produced was not what my family needed. They needed me. With God supplying our finances today, I find that I have more time for the little moments and blessings that I didn’t think were important before. Taking a walk with my daughters, giving a hug in the middle of the day, watching the sunset with my wife, and time laughing at some funny joke we share, these gifts from God are worth so much more than anything bought in a store. Sometimes the best things in life are free. Happiness is all around us if we only take the time to see the blessings. May you take the time today and look with your spirit to see the blessings He has for you.

Application:

Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.

Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
 

TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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