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Day by day devotions
By Karyn Henley
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2004 Karyn Henley
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Chapter OneWeek 1 Now and Always I'll never leave you. Hebrews 13:5
Some Things You'll Learn This Week
God is with you now. God will always be with you. God cares for you and watches over you wherever you go.
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Read "From Children's Mouths," page 200 in the Day by Day Kid's Bible. Or read this part of the story:
Lord, our Lord, your name is great all over the earth! I see the sky that you made with your hands. I see the moon and stars that you put up there. Then I wonder why you even think about people. I wonder why you care about us. But you made us only a little lower than the beings from heaven. You made us important to you. You put people in charge of everything you made. Psalm 8:1, 3-6
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WATCH THE DEEP, dark night sky. Look at the tiny pinpoints of winking light. Wonder at the stars and the moon and the planets. Do they make you feel small? King David felt small when he looked at the night sky. That's why he told God, "I see the moon and stars that you put up there. Then I wonder why you even think about people."
But God does think about people. God loved David and took care of him. God loves you and takes care of you, too. You may sometimes feel very small. You may feel that you're not important. But you are important to God. He says, "I'll never leave you."
What important job does David say that God gave people to do? What are some ways people do this job? How do you help with this job?
Dear Father God, you are so great. Thank you for seeing me and hearing me. Thank you for caring about me. Help me to know that you are always near.
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Read "A Ladder up to Heaven," page 25 in the Day by Day Kid's Bible. Or read this part of the story:
Jacob left his home and began his trip to Laban's. The sun went down before he got there. So Jacob stopped to rest. He took a stone and used it as a pillow. He lay down for the night.
That night Jacob had a dream. He saw a ladder that went all the way up to heaven. God's angels were going up and down the ladder.
God stood at the top of the ladder. God said, "I am the Lord." God also said, "I'll be with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. I won't leave you. I will keep all my promises to you." Genesis 28:5-13, 15
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LAUGHING AND PLAYING with friends can be fun. Being with your family can be fun too. But when no one is around, it's easy to get lonely and sad. Jacob felt lonely until God showed him that he wasn't really alone.
When do you feel lonely? What do you do to help yourself feel better? Are you really alone? What can you do to remind yourself that you are never alone?
God told Jacob, "I'll be with you. I will watch over you everywhere you go. I won't leave you." Jacob was not alone, and you are not alone. God will be with you. He will watch over you everywhere you go. He won't leave you.
Dear God, thank you for being with me. Thank you for watching over me everywhere I go. Help me to remember that I'm never alone.
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Read "Hiding on the Roof," page 95 in the Day by Day Kid's Bible. Or read this part of the story:
God told Joshua, "... Now get ready to go across the Jordan River. You'll go into the land that I'm giving my people. I'll give you the land you walk on. This is what I promised to Moses. Nobody will be able to come against you all your life. I will never leave you. I will never forget about you.
"So be strong. Be very brave. Be careful to obey the laws Moses gave you. Think about the laws day and night. Then you'll do what they say. You'll do a good job in whatever you do." Joshua 1:1-3, 5-8
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PICKING UP TOYS can be a hard job. Washing dishes can be a hard job. Even saying you're sorry can be a hard job. It's not as hard if someone helps. But did you ever have to do a hard job all by yourself? Joshua had a hard job to do. He had to lead God's people into a new land. They had to fight for their land.
But Joshua did not have to do his hard job all by himself. God was with him. God told him, "I will never leave you. I will never forget about you."
What hard jobs do you have to do? How can you do those jobs? Will you have to do them by yourself? God will never leave you. He will never forget about you.
Dear Father God, thank you for helping me do hard jobs. Help me remember that you will never leave me or forget me.
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Read "Afraid in the Desert," page 283 in the Day by Day Kid's Bible. Or read this part of the story:
"Go stand on the mountain," said God. "I'm going to pass by."
A strong wind blew. It was so strong, it broke rocks. But God was not in the wind.
The earth began to shake. But God was not in the shaking earth.
A fire came. But God was not in the fire.
Then Elijah heard a soft, quiet voice.
Elijah pulled his coat over his face. He stood at the opening to the cave.
Then God spoke. "Why are you here, Elijah?"
"I've worked hard for you, God," said Elijah. "But your people have turned away from you. They tore your altars down. They killed your prophets. I'm the only prophet left. Now they're trying to kill me."
"Go back," said God. "Make Jehu king of Israel. Make Elisha the next prophet after you."
Then God said, "I have saved 7,000 people for myself in Israel." 1 Kings 19:11-16, 18
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GOD'S SOFT, QUIET voice told Elijah that he wasn't alone. Did you ever feel like Elijah? Did you ever think you were the only one choosing to do what's right? How did that make you feel?
Elijah thought he was the only one who followed God. He felt scared. So he ran away and hid. But he found out that he was not alone. God was there. God had saved lots of other people who followed him too.
When have you felt as if you were the only one? What made you feel that way? What can you do about it? How can you remember that God is with you?
God was with Elijah. God is with you, too. He said, "I'll never leave you."
Dear Father God, sometimes I feel alone. Sometimes I think no one else feels the way I do. Help me to remember that you are with me no matter what.
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Read "A Chariot and Horses of Fire," page 294 in the Day by Day Kid's Bible. Or read this part of the story:
All of a sudden, horses of fire appeared. They pulled a chariot of fire. It went between Elijah and Elisha. Then a wind came, turning around and around. It took Elijah up to heaven.
Elisha saw it. He cried, "My father! Israel's horses and chariots!"
Elisha didn't see Elijah anymore. He tore his own coat apart. Then he picked up Elijah's coat. It had fallen from Elijah.
Elisha walked back to the Jordan River. He hit the water with Elijah's coat. He said, "Where is Elijah's God?"
The water moved apart for him. Elisha walked across on the dry ground. 2 Kings 2:11-14
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HORSES OF FIRE pulling a fast chariot must have surprised Elisha. How would you have felt? Maybe Elisha stood there with his eyes wide and his mouth open! Then the wind rushed past, and his friend was gone. Elisha was all alone.
But do you think Elisha was really alone? He hit the river with his friend's coat. He asked, "Where is Elijah's God?" Where was Elijah's God? Elijah's God was Elisha's God. Elijah's God is your God too. God was with Elijah and Elisha. God is with you, too.
You may sometimes feel very small. You may sometimes feel alone. You may think you have a hard job to do all by yourself. But God says, "I'll never leave you." You are never alone.
Dear God, thank you for being with me all the time. Thank you for going with me everywhere. Thank you for helping me and taking care of me. Help me to always remember that I am never alone. Help me to remember that you will never leave me.
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