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November 15, 2017, 7:00 AM

Don't Worry



You and I have a tendancy to grow anxious, especially when we are responsible for another's life. God wants us to feel secure in His love and believe like children--throwing ourselves into the arms of our heavenly Father with a trust in Him that has no limits. He doesn't want us to be afraid but to trust Him with everything that concerns us.

Jesus said, Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gatheer into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? . . . And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. . . .Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you (Matthew 6:25-33).

Jesus used contemporary images of the times when He was here on earth. The lilies of the field He spoke about in this Scripture look like red poppies, which are seen everywhere in Israel, even today. The birds and the flowers of the field remind us that God knows our needs. We can trust Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Prayer: Holy Father, I cast my anxiety on you, knowing you care about everything that happens to my family and me. Help me trust you with the results. Help me to teach my children to trust you too. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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November 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Comfort



Giving birth to a baby is hard work. However, the real work begins when you bring your precious little bundle home. Sometimes it's easy to comfort your baby with nursing or changing his diaper. Other times it's not so easy to determine what he needs or wants. His cries melt your heart and make you anxious--when he is sick, teething or following his first shots. The more time you spend with him, the easier it will become to know what he needs.

God wants the same for you. He knows and cares for you. He knows when you hurt. He knows your thoughts. Check out these verses in Psalm 139:

  1. O Lord, You have searched me and know me.
  2. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thougts from afar off.
  3. You comprehend my path and my lying dow, and are acquainted with all my ways.

God knows when you are in despair and hears your cries for help. He wants to comfort you. As a shepherd gathers a lamb in his arms and carries him close to his heart, God want to comfort you. He will lead you along right paths. Say the name of Jesus and know He is with you. It is comforting to know the One who knows you best loves you most.

Prayer: O Lord, thank you that you know me and love me. Thank you for blessing me with this baby and help me to know what he needs. Teach me to be a good mother. In Christ Jesus, Amen.

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November 2, 2017, 2:31 PM

Take Joy



As you take joy in your adorable baby, God takes joy in you. King David wrote in Psalm 139 about the joy God has taken in you:

 

13.  For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14.  I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well.

15.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed; and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

17.  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18.  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake; I am still with You.

 

God is full of passion and excitement about you. He has great plans for you just as you have for your children. You are valuable to Him, and His desire is to have a relationship with you. He wants you to be able to spend all eternity with Him. He wants to be your Friend and Heavenly Father. In the same way God has cared for you, He wants you to care for your children. Every child from the moment it is born, needs to be surrounded by people who will give it tender loving care.

 

Excerpts from HUGS Bible study


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