Daily Devotional for Friday December 22, 2017

Scripture:

Philippians 4:9 (NASB) The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Observation:

As we sat around the table, my wife, three daughters, son-in-law and two young men dating my other two daughters, it occurred to me that I as passing on something I learned from my father. It was dinnertime. However, before anyone took a bite, we bowed are heads to give thanks to God and ask His blessing upon our meal. We do this whether at home or restaurant. Anytime family gets together is a special day, and my dad was on my mind. I realized that I was passing on tradition: the practice of saying a blessing before we ate because of the example my dad taught me. It was what I saw him do time and again no matter where we sat to eat. I do this because of his example, his lesson to his children to give thanks. As the scripture for today states, there was a peace among us. What example are you teaching by how you live? Those younger eyes are watching…

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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