faith, Family Fun & Fitness

30 Days of Forgiveness in June: Carried to Jesus

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  

(Luke 5:20, NIV)

They called themselves The Three Musketeers as kids. Liam, Noah, and Jackson were friends since elementary school. They did everything together and were constantly playing pranks on each other. 

Instead of going their separate ways after high school graduation, they decided to rent an apartment together. But shortly after turning twenty, Liam became very ill. He had no family to look after him so Noah and Jackson took turns caring for him. 

They brought him to doctor after doctor. No one could explain why Liam had suddenly lost the ability to walk. Noah and Jackson suspected he had a neurological disease but neither knew enough to help their friend.

So, when they heard about a man named Jesus that was healing people, they decided to bring their friend. “Maybe this Jesus guy can help you, buddy,” Jackson said as he carefully loaded his friend into the back of his car.

Noah grinned. “Who knows? Maybe you’ll be running a marathon by this time tomorrow.”

But when Jackson and Noah arrived, they quickly saw the crowds were thronging Jesus. “There’s no way we’ll get close enough to get his attention,” Jackson said.

“Hold on, I have a crazy idea,” Noah said. The two men gathered a tarp from the trunk, made a makeshift gurney, and then carefully moved their sleeping friend. 

They climbed to the roof of the house where Jesus was and peeled away shingles until they had a large opening. Then they lowered their friend down until he was right in front of Jesus. Jesus not only forgave their friend, but He also healed him from his disease.

Sometimes, God sends people into our lives to help us seek His forgiveness. It might be a friend that prays for you faithfully, a parent that won’t give up on you, or a sibling who always has your back.

Thank You for the friends that carried me when I’ve been hurt, God. Let me return that kindness and carry someone else to You when they need it. In the name of Jesus the Messiah, I pray. Amen.

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Family Fun & Fitness

How Would You Like a Free Book That Will Help You Teach Your Kids About Gratefulness?

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Maybe you’ve heard the VeggieTales’ “Thankfulness Song.” If you have young children, I’ll bet you have. I know I have…more than a few times. “A thankful heart is a happy heart,” that song teaches…and how true is that?

VERY!

Gratefulness is such an important thing to teach children, and it goes hand in hand with generosity–another important lesson that my husband and I were able to offer to our children just the other day.

Last Sunday evening, I wasn’t planning on going to church. But I changed my mind… which meant the kids had to go too.

And they wanted to go to the Chinese restaurant afterwards. Our favorite one is on the other side of town from where we live (and where our church is). We didn’t want to go that far because it was late, so I suggested the buffet just down the road a few miles. We passed several other Chinese restaurants on the way, and I thought about stopping at one of these, but I decided to let my husband keep going. …

As we were coming out of the restaurant after our meal, a man came up to us in the parking lot, asking if he could ask us a question. I got the children in the car while my husband talked to him.

He and his family had just moved from New York and were staying in a motel while they were trying to find a more permanent place to stay… except they were within an hour of getting kicked out of the motel and being homeless.

He wasn’t asking for money. He was asking for a motel room for the night. My husband and I looked at each other, and we both knew what we needed to do. We stepped out in faith and paid that man’s motel bill for him so his family wouldn’t get kicked out.

We were also able to give him our church’s address, where his family can find food if they need it…and maybe a church home after they get settled. And now I know who they are so I can pray for them.

We could’ve just brushed that guy off. We could’ve just said we didn’t have the money to help (which is not far from the truth). But we understand how things can happen sometimes. We know. We’ve been there.

God comforts us so we can comfort others; God helps us so that we can help others. And I’m grateful we had the opportunity to share that lesson with our children the other day.

And that’s a big part of Compassion International’s mission–to instruct and enable people to extend generosity to others, especially children, around the world. That’s why they’re offering this free ebook for kids called Goggles of Gratefulness.

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It’s a children’s picture book (in digital format) that follows the story of Amelia the Bird as she learns how important it is to be grateful for what we have and generous with what we share. And, did I mention, it’s FREE?

Go click on the link (or the image) above, and grab your copy today (you’ll also gain access to the free Family Generosity Challenge devotional).