Focus on God's Faithfulness
Saturday, March 3
Kish family - Teri, James, Sarah, and Charlie - Teri has been a member of RPC since March 1999; James' parents/family have been members since December 1967; Sarah was confirmed in 2015
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. - Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
When our daughter Sarah was born, my husband James and I assumed the eight-hour class on parenting a newborn was enough to know what to do. Well, we were in for quite a shock. We had no idea what to do with this newborn baby. And the weight of the responsibility of a new little life combined with hormonal ups and downs was especially terrifying for me. Our family was a great support for us during this time; however, I have to admit God was not in the picture much at all. James and I used to tell people we were in survival mode. We only did the "necessary" things. We put all of our focus on our newborn, which is a perfectly natural response. However, as Sarah grew, we continued to stay in survival mode. I was back to work and by the weekends, I was exhausted. We had gotten out of the habit of coming to church. Raising a young child took a lot of energy and it was easier to just stay home, rest, and focus on our little girl.
Now that I look back on that time, I realize now what we missed. We missed a weekly time to connect with God as a church body to praise and glorify Him. We missed connecting with our church family who could come around us in support. In our newfound busyness, we took our eyes off of God and missed the nourishing love that God can give in our weakness.
Seventeen years later, we still struggle somewhat with this as do many families. We soon found out that as our children grew, so did the busyness. Rest on the weekends is impossible with multiple soccer games and other activities taking up our time and energy. Throughout the years, we have come to realize how important coming to church on Sunday mornings as a family is, and we have worked to make it a priority. In honesty, getting up early on Sunday mornings to come to church can feel like a chore, especially when you have teenagers that can sleep through the morning. However, unlike our other activities, something always happens once we get there. I can feel God at work. The energy and love between members of the church brings a peace and joy that actually energizes rather than drains. Our family comes home refreshed and ready to take on the week with the love of God behind us.
Questions for Kids
- Does God ever get mad if we don't go to church?
- Why can't we worship God with just our family?
- How do people who can't physically come to church worship God and stay a part of the church family?
Dear Lord, thank You for loving us, no matter what we do. Help us to remember that worshipping You with our church family brings us even closer to You. 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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