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This Week's Charlyne Cares For Kids Devotional

Friday, July 3, 2015

CELEBRATE
 
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.  Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.  Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.  Psalm 145:5-7 (NLT)
 
Man oh man.  I love the 4th of July, don’t you?  When my kids were little we were at the fireworks stand every day!  My son even worked at one several summers.  Of course he spent all of his salary on fireworks – and then some.  I use to call him my little pyromaniac.  Of course the little stuff I let him set off was nothing compared to the night celebration that featured the big stuff that only adults could light.  I think that was one of the longest days for my kids.  Especially since here in Nebraska the sun doesn’t set until long after 9:00 in July.  And who wants to waste all those cool fireworks when it’s still light out?
 
So my kids dutifully set off the poppers and Black Jacks and Tanks (lots of them, I might add!) and muddled through the family barbecue, all the time asking, “Can we light the big stuff yet?”   It was so hard to wait for that celebration.  But while they were waiting, the grown-ups were preparing.  Setting up the pipes that would shoot the Sky Rockets, nailing boards to tree trunks for the Spinners, clearing the area of debris and dead branches for safety.  And the grown-ups, in their infinite wisdom, always knew just when it was the right time for the celebration to begin.  Once it got dark enough, everything was ready and just sort of fell into place.  And the celebration began.
 

My heart is right, God. My heart is right. I will sing and praise you.  Wake up, my soul. Wake up, harp and lyre! I will wake up the dawn.  Lord, I will praise you among the nations. I will sing songs of praise about you to all the nations.  Your love is so great it reaches to the skies. Your truth reaches to the clouds.  God, you are supreme over the skies. Let your glory be over all the earth.  Psalm 57:7-11 (ICB)
 
Waiting is a hard thing isn’t it?  Especially when you are waiting for something that has been promised.  It might be like that for you in your life right now.  The promise has been made but the waiting is hard.  Sometimes it seems like this will never end and the celebration will never begin.  But just as the adults in my kids’ lives were working behind the scenes getting everything ready, Jesus is working in ways you cannot see or know to get everything ready for your celebration of a family restored.  He is working in your heart and working in the hearts of your mom and dad, laying the groundwork, building the bridges, opening the lines of communication.  He is pouring His Word and His truths into all your lives so that your family can be all that He has destined it to be.  Only Jesus will know when the time is right.  Only Jesus will know when everything is in place. 
 

“It is not yet time for the message to come true. But that time is coming soon. The message will come true. It may seem like a long time before it happens. But be patient and wait for it. These things will happen. They will not be delayed.”  Habakkuk 2:3 (ICB)
 
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!  Isaiah 30:18
 
Maybe you are spending a little time in God’s waiting room right now.  That’s OK.  Because sometimes God’s answer to our prayer is “Wait.”  God wants to have everything just right for you and for your family.  Often, that takes time.  We need to wait patiently for God’s perfect timing in our lives. And then what a celebration it will be!
 

“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet.  And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast,  for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began..”  Luke 15:22-24 (NLT)

God bless, 

Kim, a stander in Nebraska

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