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May 17, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Women in Scripture-Lois and Eunice


Women in Scripture: Lois and Eunice

2 Timothy 1:5

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

 

Thought for Today

Being a parent can seem like a futile job at times. As the children spread their wings they always seem to want to fly in the opposite direction from the one you thought you were pointing. This can seem particularly true when it comes to issues of faith. I am sure that Lois and Eunice felt that way with Timothy as he was growing up. They remained faithful and Timothy grew into an incredible man of faith. Don’t give up in the difficult days. Proverbs says that if you train up your children in the way they should go, they will not depart from it when they are old. That means you may have to give him or her time to get old before you may see the faith you worked so diligently to cultivate begin to sprout.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have been so patient with me as I have struggled to grow in my faith. Help me to demonstrate that kind of tireless patience and faithfulness with my children/grandchildren. For I know it is You who grants faith in Your time. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. — Billy Graham

 

Quote of the Day

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children. — Sam Levenson

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May 16, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Women in Scripture-Mary Magdalene


Women in Scripture: Mary Magdalene

 

Luke 8:1-2

Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…

 

Thought for Today

A lot of people feel unworthy to follow Jesus. They worry that they do not have the moral bearing to claim to be His follower. If that is the case for you, consider for a moment Mary Magdalene. Mary was one of the most devoted followers of Jesus. He even made a special appearance to her after His resurrection. What were the qualifications of so blessed a woman? Tradition holds that she was a prostitute from the town of Magdala from whom Jesus had cast seven demons. That is a rather shocking resume for one of Jesus’ dearest friends. Jesus never shunned people for who they were. Rather, Jesus called people because of who they could become. If Jesus has called you to follow Him He has spotted some pretty amazing potential! Follow Him and see the transformation He can make in your life.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, You have called me to follow You. I confess that I do not feel worthy of that calling. Give me the strength to follow You faithfully today, and reveal to me the potential that You see. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

One way to define spiritual life is getting so tired and fed up with yourself you go on to something better, which is following Jesus. — Eugene H. Peterson

 

Quote of the Day

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. — Plutarch

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May 15, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Women in Scripture-Widow of Nain


Women in Scripture: The Widow of Nain

 

Luke 7:12ff

As Jesus approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow…When the Lord saw her his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

 

Thought for Today

There is a leadership principle that says, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” There were so many people who needed healing and help in Jesus’ day. Jesus simply couldn’t care for them all. One day He entered a tiny little town called Nain. There was a funeral procession going by. Jesus did not know the family personally, but He knew their situation. There was a widow who, having lost her only son, would spend the rest of her days feeling like a burden to the community. Jesus’ heart went out to her. He saw her tears and felt her pain. Jesus healed this one boy and gave him back to his mother. He did of for one widow what He could. However, Jesus proved to be the one person in history who could do for everyone what He did for one. He went to the cross and gave up His life so that what He had done for this one widow could be done for all. Every mother will get back their sons because of Jesus. Glory be to God!

 

Prayer

Blessed Jesus, thank You for all the care You have provided throughout my life, but more than this, thank You for providing for the eternity of all of my loved ones! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It is a great thing to be a child of God, and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. If this is your privilege, you will know the fellowship of Christ's sufferings. — Ellen G. White

 

Quote of the Day

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. — George Washington

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