day 19

Most of the time I prefer to enjoy my bible reading time without my children.  And my children know this.  When they see mom reading her bible, they are to go off and play somewhere else because that is mommy’s prayer time.  But every so often, I’ll see one of them peeking out at me or my heart will just feel tugged to share my time with them and I’ll invite them to join me.

I will read my bible out loud to them, usually just a few lines.  They’re 4.5 and 2 years old.  And then I’ll try to translate that for them, which almost always boils down to Jesus loves you, be nice to other people.

There is something special about sharing the Good News with little children.  They soak up the stories without question and store them in their little hearts.  Watching them teaches me to love Jesus more like a child, and that’s how He wants me to love Him.  Share your bible reading with your children or someone else’s children.  It will soften your heart and warm your soul.

MY BIBLE REFLECTION:

“No one experiencing temptation should say, “I am being tempted by God”; for God is not subject to temptation to evil, and he himself tempts no one.  Rather each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.”James 1:13-14

Oh James!  Arguably one of my favorite books of the bible.  He always has such simple wisdom.  I think the book of James is the first one I really dug into when I was first converted to Christianity and so it has a special place in my heart.

I’m not sure that I have ever thought that temptation came from God.  I thought it came from the devil.  But here James says that we are lured by our own desire.  And as soon as I read that I realized it was also true.  The devil can’t tempt me with things I don’t desire.  So I must pay attention to my temptations; acknowledge that they do come from me and I must be steadfast in resisting them.  It is my responsibility to avoid situations that provoke my temptations.

I must ask God to come and aid me in my resistance because I can’t do it alone.  I am weak and I am made of flesh that wants sinful things.  I need Jesus and His strength to persevere.  I think when we really sit with this idea, it should give us hope! God wants us to win – he wants us to overcome these temptations and he’s willing to help us.  But we have to ask for His help!  Don’t be shy, invite Him into your life and ask for His help.

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