BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
.......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 80
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main

Getting to know God together.

Jeff had had enough!
He slammed his fist into the wall beside his bed!
He left an ugly dint in the plaster board.
Richie shared his room, and the thump woke him up.
Boy! did he get out of there quick!
His big brother was always in a foul mood these days,
but this was worse than ever.
Of course Dad roared at Jeff and he came in, and shut the door behind him,
so he could have a real good, private go at him.
It was quite a scene.
Then Jeff rushed out of the house, yelling,
“this place stinks! I’m never coming home again.”

It was a Sunday, Richie and Diana went to church with their parents.
But all the time Richie was fretting about Jeff.
He looked up to his big brother.
Why was Jeff so different these days?
Why did he always fight with Mum?
He thought he could  not bear it if Jeff left them.
Jeff was sixteen, and as big as a man, but he was so upset a lot of the time.
Maybe he would get all messed up, out in the world.
Maybe he would get criminal friends?
Maybe he would get bashed up...maybe...maybe.
Richie was really worried.
The hymn was over, and they all sat down.
The preacher, Pastor Morris, started his talk
“Let not your heart be troubled.”
Do you know it felt as though Jesus was talking right to Richie,
and he was all alone with Him.

Pastor Morris said, “Let us never say that anything,
even the most bitter, most difficult grief has no possible comfort.
No matter how dark the night, Jesus Christ can put stars into our sky.
Nothing is ever hopeless because Jesus Christ is with us through all problems.
No matter what situation we face,
there is no reason why we should lose our peace in God.”
Then the congregation opened their Bibles, Richie did too,
and this was what he read

“Peace I leave you,
my peace I give you not as the world giveth,
give I unto you, Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27).

Richie felt Jesus was very close to Him,
and he thought maybe he should tell Him about Jeff.
So he whispered, “Lord Jesus, I’m scared about Jeff.
Could You please look after him and make things right with him
and Mum and Dad? Amen.”
Richie felt so much better after that.
When they went home, Jeff was in the shed cleaning his bike.
He didn’t act much better toward Mum or Dad, but he didn’t go away.

A PRAYER FOR YOU
“Thank You, Heavenly Father, because You love me so much. Thank You because You want me to be safe and happy. Thank You because I need not ever be troubled or afraid, because You care for me. Thank You for being there to answer my prayers. Amen.”

EXTRAS FOR TEENS AND BETWEENS

Jeff had a love and hate relationship with his parents. Especially his mother. She had been so good to him all his life, but now she made him so mad! He wanted to get out from under her control. He had to handle his own life, he felt, or he would be eaten up out there in the world! It scared him inside that he had to “make it” in an adult world! Mum had been so close to him, but now he couldn’t stand her being so strong, when he felt so weak and as though he couldn’t cope. Why couldn’t he be as strong a person as her? She was a woman, he was a man. Why was she always right about everything? That made him furious! Jeff was having a hard time, like a lot of people do, especially boys, when they are teens. God understands this, and He longs to have you bring all your difficulties to Him. He made you, so He sure does understand what goes on inside your head and heart.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?...
For I am persuaded,
that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present,  nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 31, 38,39).


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