Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Devotions

As I sit down this morning to work on another round of letters for our 7 Compassion International children, I plan to print out the devotion that I posted about here. My plan is to send each of the children a devotion every month, and I hope to send each child a folder that I can decorate to say something like, “Precious’ Devotions”.

Since I posted that last post, I have written a couple of other devotions that I will eventually send. You are free to copy or distribute these, if you wish. Maybe you’ve realized that it has been a while since you’ve written your child, but you’re pressed for time. You can just copy one of these and email it to your child with a couple of personalized sentences. Or, you can write out a letter and copy on of these and print it out on fancy paper, like I plan to do!

Obeying Your Parents

"Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." Colossians 3:20 NIV

Being obedient isn't always easy, but it is an important thing to strive for. Sometimes we tend to be selfish and desire to do what we want, but with prayer and self-control we will learn how to be obedient. Listen to your parents, teachers and elders and do what they ask of you.

Prayer

Father God, I ask that You help me obey Your rules. I know that one of Your rules is to obey my parents and I want to practice obedience. Help me listen to them and to do as I am told. I know that You can help me, so I ask for your strength and guidance. I ask this in Jesus' Holy name. Amen.

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Forgiveness

"Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody"

Romans 12:17 NIV

Sometimes people aren't nice, and our first instinct can be to return that unkindness.We need to remember that the Bible asks us to forgive, not to repay evil for evil. Matthew 6:14-15 clearly tells us, "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you sins." Forgiveness isn't always easy, but we can ask God for his help.

Prayer

Dear Father God, please give me a forgiving heart when I am angry. Help me to remember the importance of grace. I know that you want me to forgive others when they aren't nice, so please give me the strength and peace to follow your wishes. Thank you for forgiving my sins. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.

Hopefully, these will help you as you devote time and effort to correspondence with your child. If you have ideas for other topics for devotionals, please share them!

11 comments:

JD said...

We wrote to our 9 Compassion kids last night, and included our Christmas cards as well. We've been aiming to write once a month plus responses to the letters we receive, and we've been in that grove all year, it's been great!

I love the idea of sending them some of my devotional blog posts. Thank you for always sharing ideas!

Robin said...

question, do you send the same devotional to all of your kids, or do you tailor them a bit depending on their age? Thanks!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

I am sending the same one to each of the kids. You're welcome to use these and alter them as you see fit, though. Our kids are aged 7 to 16, but I think that they would all get something out of it. I am hoping they will also share them with their siblings of different ages.

Sara Duggan said...

These are beautiful Michelle. I just discovered the email Letter writing on Compassion. It allows me to write more often. I usually write a letter each time I visit the Compassion site - they make it so simple.

Renee said...

These are wonderful, thanks so much for sharing.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

You're welcome! :D

Sydney C said...

I'd love to include a devotion such as this one to my 12 yr old in Indonesia...my only concern is for the translator as that's a lot to be translated. I've tried to keep my letters short(er) for this same reason.
Would you kindly share your thoughts please?
Thank you!

PS: I'm so happy I stumbled upon your blog as well as the OurCompassion website; both have inspired me!!
Sydney

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Hi Sydney! I am SO glad that you've found some inspiration here! That is my goal, to possibly inspire sponsors so that the sponsor/child relationship can be enhanced. What a blessings.
I don't think it would be too much to send one devotional along with a short letter. The translators are there to do this and as long as you're not sending pages and pages, it should be just fine. :)

abb said...

Hi Michelle, Thank you once again so very much for all that you do and share. You are such an awesome help and encouragement and your blog is my go to place for Compassion info. I love the devotionals - just a quick question, my 2 younger sponsors can not read english, so what would happen? Would the translator have to write on it in the child's language, or should I put lines on the back for this??

Anonymous said...

Instruction / School
Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Studying and working hard in school isn't always easy. The Bible tells us to hold on to instruction and to focus on it with all of our attention. Exodus 20:3-17 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God clearly gives us the strength to do our best and we may trust in Him that his will for us be done.

Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, Plesase give me the strength to persevere in my education. I need your guidance and strength to support me in my studies. With your grace and support I know that I will succeede and be successful. I know you will guide and protect me. In the Lord's name I pray. Amen.

Debra Serviss said...

Thank you so much for going the extra mile to help others! God bless you and your mission in life always.

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