Focus on God's Faithfulness
Monday, March 12
Lupinski family - Nancy, Scott, Alex, and Ryan - members of RPC since October 2006
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)
My busy life was humming along, and I was completely consumed by my job, often booting up my computer after my oldest son went to bed and working past midnight. I was running a big project, and I was focused. On work. All in. I was also pregnant with my second child. I had to finish this project before life got even more hectic.
Then, at the beginning of my 20th week of pregnancy, I found myself in Northside Hospital, diagnosed with previa and the risk of premature delivery. I would stay on bedrest (mostly at Northside) for the next 77 days. It's amazing how quickly your priorities can shift when faced with a life or death situation. My sole focus now was on rest and the health of my baby. And with that, my focus was squarely on my relationship with God. I had lots of time to pray, to let in the prayers around me that were lifting me up. And to think about my faith. I realized that work can survive without me and that I needed more focus on balance.
Ryan was born two months early and spent a month in the NICU. Three weeks after getting him home, a tree fell through our house, shattering contents onto the table we had just gotten up from 60 seconds earlier. We moved out for four months while they rebuilt.
People often asked me how I got through that year. I often tell them that I wouldn't trade it... it was my 'God year'... the year my focus really shifted to my relationship with God and my faith. Now when things get busy, I try to focus on God, who always stands by me.
Questions for Kids
- How do you keep faith even though bad stuff is happening?
- Does your faith go down when bad things are happening?
- How does all of the support and prayers from other people help?
Thank You God for staying with us even when we lose focus. We pray that we will still have faith in You when bad things happen. We hope that we remember that God should always be the center of our focus. Amen.
The purpose of the season of Lent is to intentionally take time to reflect on Jesus' life and journey to the cross. The Lenten devotional is a tool to help people reflect on this journey.
The theme for this year's devotional is FOCUS. So much of lives we end up focusing on the wrong things. We focus on our jobs, families, bodies, friends, self, and tons of other things. How might our perspective on all things in our lives change if we focused more on our faith?
This year we want to make the devotional more accessible for families with children. In order to do that we have included some devotions that are written by families. We encourage all of you to engage with your children using this devotional as a tool.
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