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Focus on God's Faithfulness - Lenten Devotional 2018 - Wednesday, March 14 - The Macdonald Family

 Macdonald family - Mark, Valerie, Madeline, and Harris (in 2015)

Macdonald family - Mark, Valerie, Madeline, and Harris (in 2015)

Focus on God's Faithfulness
Wednesday, March 14
Macdonald family - Valerie, Mark, Madeline, and Harris - Valerie has been part of RPC since 1988 and Mark has been part of RPC since 1984

Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. - Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

In today's world of instant everything: information, communication, etc., it is very easy to lose focus on God and His Will for us. Too many things are shouting out for our attention. If we aren't careful, we can become consumed by the things of this world.

For our family, keeping focus takes a lot of intention and work and sometimes things sneak up on us. Similar to Mark's career in law enforcement, we feel God leaves us clues as to what needs our focus. Eight years ago, after the birth of our first child, we were adjusting to the huge (and awesome!!) change of caring for a small human. It was a hard shift from the two of us to the three of us. Our marriage developed some tension and miscommunication. God was giving us clues that we had to make sure we created a family but also didn't lose our focus on each other as well.

Sometimes we focus too much on the busyness of our life: who needs to be where, how to logistically make everything happen, and feeding everyone - much less sitting down to a meal together. Over the past couple of months, we have followed the clues to make more family time. This means sometimes saying "no" to things and reducing our schedule so that we can enjoy family game nights. As I look around our house and see all of our "stuff," I am reminded of how much we have but that we don't "need" all of it. We want to set examples for our children that the stuff doesn't matter, but people do. Around our town, we see people who need to feel cared about. This is another clue for us. Our family has created bags with toiletries, snacks, and water to give to people who need them and remind them that they matter.

As we journey along our path, clues are all around us. Sometimes they are physical, tangible items that call to us. Other times they are fleeting ideas or God talking to us through other people. We have to make the decision to be aware of them and see what changes they are prompting in our life. Sometimes we receive clues from a speaker or sermon, prompting us to examine our priorities. We are thankful that we journey with a community of faith to determine the clues.

Questions for Kids

  • How do you find clues for following God's Will?
  • What are some clues you have seen in your life?
  • Do we get clues at every age, or only as adults?

Dear Lord, thank You for our world and all that is in it. Help us to focus on You and follow your clues. Thank You for loving us. We love 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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